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Insights from the staff
We ask our staff each month a question that would provide some insight into their spiritual journey. We hope you enjoy our ponderings and find tidbits to help you along your spiritual journey.
What is your favorite inspirational or spiritual quote and why?
Rev. Gary Canier, Senior Minister Responds
For my first Thanksgiving in New Braunfels, three years ago we decided to come together at the church for a shared Thanksgiving together. We had quite a gathering. Everyone was relaxed, joy-filled and ready to dive into the sumptuous feast created by folks bringing food to share. There was something for everyone and more to eat when we were finished. Take home plates were created. This time to share story, eat together, and experience our community was the launch of my first month serving this Unity community. I am so grateful for this beautiful community. I loved our first Thanksgiving in Texas.
Rev. Gary Canier, Senior Minister 11/16/2021
One of my favorite affirmations is from Louise Hay: “My income is constantly increasing; I prosper wherever I turn.”
I love the ocean. When I lived in Maui for 20 years, I would swim in the ocean for an hour a day. Regularly I would go visit a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle which I named Abbey Seamore. We would often swim together for 10 minutes. I enjoyed this time with Abbey.
One morning during my swim I began saying this affirmation as a mantra: “My income is constantly increasing; I prosper wherever I turn.” I recited this over and over again while I swam. Looking ahead I saw something waving in the current in about three feet of water. I found a hundred dollar bill half under a rock. This is the best seashell I have ever found. I am so grateful that my income is constantly increasing and I prosper wherever I turn.
Owen Howson, Media Director Resonds 11/07/2021
My favorite spiritual quote is from Eleanor Roosevelt, perhaps our greatest First Lady, statesman and humanitarian. She said, “Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.”
Over the course of my life, I have developed a habit of comparing myself to others, especially those who are younger, smarter, and more capable than I am. This has led me to discount my own intelligence and capability, and the real-life wisdom I have accumulated over the years. This quote reminds me that when I compare myself with others, what I see are the outsides of those people. The outside is a minor aspect of anyone. Eleanor Roosevelt reminds me that a life led fully and deeply can indeed be a work of art, and that I can be beautiful just as I am.
As a take moments to breathe, I reflect on what I am grateful for in my life. I am so blessed by not taking anything for granted. I realize in these moments that I am rich beyond measure and that I am living a life beyond my wildest dreams. I can actually respond to the question “How are you feeling?” with “I am feeling happy”. My life is filled with joy and wonder and it’s pretty awesome. I am a work of art and I am grateful.