I love cornucopias! They show the harvest of all the work done throughout the year. The one pictured above is full of vegetables ready to be shared with others.
There is another metaphorical cornucopia that I love: the Biblical description of the “fruit of the Spirit.” St. Paul wrote the Galatians, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance…” I often think of this as a cornucopia of spirituality, but lately I realize that this is also a cornucopia of health. Don’t believe me? Well, don’t take my word for it, read what health experts of all kinds have written about these fruits in the cornucopia of health:
Love – “If scientists suddenly discovered a drug that was as powerful as love in creating health, it would be heralded as a medical breakthrough and marketed overnight – especially if it had as few side effects and was as inexpensive as love. Love is intimately related with health.” Dr. Larry Dossey (Healing Words, p. 109).
Joy – “Pain is deeper than all thought; laughter is higher than all pain.” Elbert Hubbard. “Laughter is tranquillizer with no side effects.” Arnold H. Glasgow. “Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.” Mark Twain. “I pray that happiness be at your door. May it knock early, stay late, and leave the gift of God’s peace, love, joy, and good health behind.” Anonymous.
Peace – “Our state of mind determines our state of being.” Kerry Guy. “Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.” St. Francis de Sales. “I keep my mind focused on peace, harmony, health, love and abundance. Then, I can’t be distracted by doubt, anxiety or fear.” Edith Armstrong. “Inner peace and outer wellness both begin with a deep breath inward and a deep breath outward.” Anonymous.
Patience – “Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow – that is patience.” Anonymous. “The poor suffering heart needs its rightful nutriment, such as peace, patience in tribulation, and a priceless sense of the dear Father’s loving-kindness.” Mary Baker Eddy. “Let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” The Bible.
Gentleness – “Lord, please teach me to speak the right words at the right time with the right tone, that I may live peaceably with my neighbors. Amen.” Anonymous. “I choose gentleness… Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.” Max Lucado.
Goodness –Goodness is the only investment that never fails. Henry David Thoreau. Be open to the goodness of life – even in the midst of apparent adversity. Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Faith – “If you believe, all things are possible to him that believes.” Jesus. “The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God, – a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love.” Mary Baker Eddy.
Meekness – “Glances of true beauty can be seen in the faces of those who live in true meekness.” Henry David Thoreau. “The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and human responsibility.” Vaclav Havel.
Temperance – “…every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things.” St. Paul. “Be watchful, sober and vigilant. The way is straight and narrow which leads to the understanding that God is the only Life.” Mary Baker Eddy.
Have a healthy day – full of the fruits of the cornucopia of spirituality!
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