You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive. Maya Angelou
Meditation: Sometimes we cannot control what life throws at us. However, most of the time we do have a choice about what influences us and who and how much we allow into our personal space. I have gotten pretty sensitive to the toxins that people and social media leave with me after they invade my space. The “discernment of the spirits” as the Bible calls it, which means gaining clarity about what are positive and life giving what are negative and destructive energies, is more important today than ever before. We are intentionally and constantly being bombarded with negative and manipulative images and words. And they increase constantly. Learning to set clear boundaries when the energies are negative or toxic is an important step to remaining emotionally and spiritually healthy. Realizing that everything we are taking in will remain with us consciously or unconsciously is an important message to our children. They might not realize how their exposure to certain images and certain language remains with them and is toxic for their soul. Let us adults be role models as how to set boundaries by not allowing certain persons into our life and by cutting off the TV or phone when the influences are too negative.
Prayer: God, teach us and our children the discernment of the spirits. Help us focus on the life giving and positive energies in and around us. We are bombarded every day with manipulative and destructive energies and spirits that want to get us on their side, be it people in power, philosophies or ideologies, “isms” and certain worldviews. God, help us to focus on You and on Your life giving Spirit. Protect us and our children from all spirits, images and words that destroy, manipulate, lie, over simplify, stereotype and make us paranoid. You are the life giving Spirit. And we are grateful. Amen
Finally, brothers (and sisters), whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8