Celebrating the Divine in Everything
Brilliant sunshine breaks through the clouds after days of seemingly endless rain. A butterfly lands on your hand for a fleeting moment. A phone call you’ve been dreading from your doctor brings unexpectedly good news – the answer to your prayers.
All of these are, quite literally, cause for celebration.
Reveling in the moment when positive things happen is an ongoing opportunity to acknowledge the infinite good – and the infinite God – in our lives.
“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music,” we’re told in Psalm 98:4. Throughout the Bible, we read about celebrations marking everything from baptisms and weddings to feasts, dedicating the wall at Jerusalem, and Jesus’ birth.
“Celebration is central to all the Spiritual Disciplines,” writes Richard J. Foster in his book, Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth.
Celebrating the small things helps us stay in the moment; we become more mindful of seeking out the positive. And that which we seek, we find. Our joy is contagious. Those around us will also start to discover delightful reasons to celebrate throughout their day. We strengthen the bonds within our spiritual community through celebrating together, honoring each other’s successes and growth.
There is another benefit when we choose to celebrate just about everything. The spiritual discipline of celebration itself is a form of thanksgiving. Science shows us that shifting into an attitude of gratitude actually prompts positive chemical changes in our brains and bodies. We can more easily release stress, boost heart health, and lower blood pressure. We feel fewer aches and pains, heal more quickly, and enjoy deeper, more restful sleep.
When we expect to see the divine in everything, we will find it. That’s when we truly begin to live our lives in constant celebration, doing all things with great love.
We invite you to start this celebratory journey with an extended stay at Optimum Health Institute missions in San Diego or Austin. You’ll be able to celebrate with your spiritual community by linking up with old friends and making some wonderful new ones.
Call us at (800) 588-0809 to book your reservation, and be sure to ask about our current promotional discounts. We look forward to seeing you … and celebrating the divine with you.