Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sacred Acts

The way is not in the sky.
The way is in the heart.--Buddha

We speak of building a sacred trust.  The term "sacred cow" has come to mean any stubborn loyalty to a long-standing institution which impedes natural progress. We form a sacred agreement.  In a sacred kingship, the ruler is believed to be the manifestation, agent or the mediator of the Divine or supernatural realm. Sacred places are determined by the appearance of a Holy figure, by its special features as a natural setting or place of official, historical or spiritual significance. Groves of trees, special stones, bodies of water or places built and then consecrated by ritual are common sacred places. 

Just about everything from shirts to cows to books have been declared or consecrated as sacred throughout the history of mankind, by virtually every culture, and under the tenets of a host of religions. In fact, the word "sacred" has been used to describe everything from the last hundred dollars in our savings account to any prized possession that no one else is supposed to touch. Any activity can become a sacred act. 

In fact, even what many of us consider to be the most mundane of activities can become a powerful conduit of love and healing. It is simply a matter of how we focus our attention and set our intent.  For example, we can choose take our shower mindlessly or mindfully use it as an opportunity to release anything that no longer serves us, relax in a profound manner and to heal emotionally, physically and spiritually. We can simply eat our food or we can mindfully cook and prepare a meal with the greatest of love and fill each bite with magic and miracles by allowing ourselves to see the stars, moon, rain and sun in each bite, being grateful for all the people that made the food possible and being immensely grateful for the sustenance it provides.

When one takes time to pray every day or spend quiet time in meditation, one gets to know the soul and learns how to grow step by step spiritually. You see its not only important to feed and care for your physical body, it's important to feed your spiritual body too! Just for today allow all the ordinary events in your life to become sacred celebrations of life.

The philosophy of mine earth can be summed up as this:  Sunshine creates happiness, and I create myself.  Nights are long and life is predominantly good.  Wind is refreshing.  Tea is wisdom.  Do the best you can, and be good to yourself so that you can above all be good to others.  ~Jessi Lane Adams


  1. beautiful quote at the end... it is so true that it is all in the attitude in which you approach... I needed your words today Mary... thanks you helped me more than you know... blessings

  2. I love this quote at the end of your post - how perfect!

    I had a sacred bath this morning. It's amazing how wonderful something can be when you are mindful and meditative about it.

    Thanks for this!

  3. With only having one bathroom all my life and raising 9 kids, I am in and out of that bathroom ASAP.
    Hubby asks me if I got wet.
    Some things never change ...even when for a few months there were just the two of us.
    Whatever year back that was.
    Like your way with words Mary.
    Hope the work week ahead is not draining.
    Played with your cat. Charlie don't play...he hisses. :0(

  4. What a beautiful message Mary...I try to be mindful in all things..of course I'm human and do have my moments but the one thing that strikes me most is the fact that by virtue of our 'breath' each moment is sacred...

    May peace and serenity be yours this night, and week ahead..

  5. Mary, this has to be be one of the most beautiful posts that I have ever read.. thankyou for reminding me that everything I do is Sacred - I forget that often
    bless, Robyn

  6. The quote at the end of your post is beautiful! A wonderful reminder of not letting life take over.