Memo from MAM – Jan 23, 2024

I recently received the gift of a wonderful book, Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle. As I explore this book, I keep coming back to its first two sentences, “When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world.” These two lines might be worth memorizing, methinks.

Those two opening lines remind me of a list I once came across. I reread this list when the world gets a little (or a lot) overwhelming. This list tends to bring a small smile to my being and allows a sense of stillness to return.

Blessings, Rev. MAM
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin

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Signs of Inner Peace

(Found in the Sisters of Providence Residence
at the Moye Spiritual Life Center, Melbourne, Kentucky)

An increasing ability to enjoy each moment

A tendency to act spontaneously rather than react with fear

A decreasing interest in judging others

A decreasing interest in judging oneself

An increasing preference to allow things to happen,
rather than make things happen

A lessening inclination to interpret the actions of others

A decreasing involvement in conflict

An increasing ability to give and receive love

Less motivation to worry

Frequent, overwhelming periods of gratitude

Feelings of contentment and one with humanity and nature

Frequent attacks of smiling

Feelings of effervescent joy
Let’s Visit
I look forward to more folks scheduling one-on-one visits with me. I am
learning a lot about this congregation and the folks who make it happen.
Please email me to schedule an in-person appointment on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday. I do Zoom appointments on Wednesdays.

My Schedule:
My Day Off is: Tuesday
My Day On-Line: Wednesday
My Study Day is: Thursday
Schedule in person appointments: Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon after 11am
(except Sunday; I am typically busy at 11am)

Stay warm and focused. MAM
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Send me an email: Interim Minister