Stop A Moment, Look Around You

09/24/2012 19:34
In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.”  Leo Tolstoy

By the name of God consider the divine presence within you. Stop a moment to let that divinity begin. Cease your work and let that inward goodness work for you. Look around you and see how that divine inner source regulates individual behavior.

By the name of God consider the blossoms of the spiritual fruit. That fruit includes love, goodwill, kindness, peace, meekness, gentleness, faith, goodness, joy, perseverance, patience, and self-control. Stop a moment and allow the spirit’s fruit to begin to sprout in you. Cease your work and let the fruit of the spirit work for you. Look around you and see the difference the spiritual fruit makes in the environment.

HEALTH
By the name of God consider the health of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Stop a moment to allow rejuvenation of your health through the spiritual fruit. Cease your work and allow the qualities of love, peace, faith, and joy to begin healing your inner state. Look around you and see the difference the world appears with a fruitful mind, comforting emotions, and compassionate behavior.  

SECURITY
By the name of God consider your safety and security. Stop a moment to let the fruit of peace, gentleness, goodness, and joy begin to create an inner comfort from within you. Cease your work and let the spiritual fruit work to establish an environment of tranquility. Look around you and see that only love, peace, faith, and perseverance will create stability.

BELONGING
By the name of God consider your belonging and acceptance among others. Stop a moment to let love, goodwill, and kindness begin to be the qualities that mold your bonds. Cease your work and let the harmony that flows through the spiritual fruit work for you to build unions. Look around you to see how social integration only appears through the divine qualities of the spirit’s fruit.

SELF-WORTH
By the name of God consider self-worth. Stop a moment to let your esteem begin to fill with the awesome spirit that creates the divine fruit within you. Cease your work and allow the divinity in you to begin building your ego with love, peace, faith, and perseverance. Look around you to see that only worth through the spiritual fruit can contribute fruitfulness to our communities.  

SELF-EXPRESSION
By the name of God consider the way that you express yourselves. Stop a moment to allow meekness, gentleness, goodness, joy, peace, love, and kindness to begin to blossom in your words and deeds. Cease your work and let the spiritual fruit work for you in what you say and do. Look around you and see the difference a kind word or compassionate deed makes to heal communities.

Some people will deny any value in stopping to smell the roses. Instead, they are impatient with anger and sadness to anybody who stops to consider anything divine. They don’t make the time to establish mutual bonds through the spirit of love, goodwill, kindness.  However, the only way to accept that inner divinity is to stop a moment, cease your work, and look around at what the spiritual fruit can do.

Reservoirs of these people exist where they hide the truth of that divine inward presence. They want to keep you on the go, constantly working, with no time to look or to consider the surrounding environment. The attitude that exit from them is to divert you away from focusing on the qualities of the spirit's fruit. That includes the state of those fruits in the environment. They desire to transmit those same attitudes through people who are willing to hinder the growth of the spiritual fruit within others, and through the community.

The attitude of being too busy to discover that divine inner goodness enters through our feelings of self-worth, and desire to belong. We might feel that our worth to the  employer, family, church, and community depends on our inexhaustible efforts. We will constantly be in motion, continuously working, and no time to look around us, to please others. In that process, we become detached from the divine qualities within. We become exhausted mentally, emotionally, and physically. However, we believe that is the only way to be accepted and have a place of belonging within the social structure. We become too busy to consider the spirit of kindness, goodwill, and love that we all need from one another.  

People are susceptible to exhaustion because they are too busy to discover the source of peace, comfort, joy, and faith. In all of their moving around, exhausting work environment, and being blind to social gatherings, they develop unfruitful attitudes. They are those who develop hatred, vengeance, hostilities, and despair within their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. They have emotional breakdowns, perpetrate harm to family, co-workers, and those in the community.

There is a way to interrupt the cycle of constantly moving around and working beyond human limitations. By the name of God consider the moist, soft, tenderness within you. Stop a moment and allow the moistness of the spiritual fruit to seep into your thoughts, emotions, and behavior. Cease your work and allow love, peace, faith, joy, and perseverance to work within you through a rejuvenating spirit. Look around you and see what the spirit of patience, self-control, and perseverance can do to establish joy, peace, and harmony.

We can assess that we can discover a divine inward goodness. We do that when we stop for a moment, cease our work, and look around at the potential of the spiritual fruit. In contrast, the diagnosis is that some people want to keep us moving, continuously working, with no time to look for discovering divine inner qualities. Even so, we plan to make time to smell the fragrance of the roses. We implement that plan through the soft moist qualities in us, which includes patience, self-control, goodness, and joy. We can evaluate how we are doing when the spiritual fruit begins to blossom within our emotions, behaviors, and thoughts.