A Welcome To Palm Sunday

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I said it’s easy; It’s easy like sunday morning……

That’s the phrase that has been in my head since I woke up on this Sunday morning. The old Lionel Richie tune, “It’s Easy Like Sunday Morning…..”

It somehow reminds me of the way things are feeling here at home during this pandemic. While some may find difficulty with feelings of cabin fever, I am working hard to try to look at this time as a once in a lifetime, extended period of time to just chill, and enjoy the lack of deadlines, and the lack of crowds.

That’s what I think of when I hear a song like that. People may disagree ten fold, and have a total difference of opinion and tell me this is the most hectic, stressful, depressing time in their lives.

All I can say to that is everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and I really think it’s a shame that they are having that perspective. For myself, once I was able to get a solid grip on my own spirituality, I was able to get out of that mental prison that many people are putting themselves in.

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When the idea of spirituality came to my mind, I realized that I had somehow forgotten that today is Palm Sunday, with next week being Easter weekend. I have always deemed myself a Roman Catholic. While I define myself as one, often times I am inactive with the actual “church going” side of the religion.

It doesn’t take away, or lessen the strength of my beliefs inside. I believe in my faith, the bible, and I believe in the value of prayer.

Palm Sunday is always the week before Easter Sunday. It is in honor of Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem. In what marks the beginning process for his passion. It begins the days leading up to the Last Supper, his suffering, death, and finally, his resurrection.

Experts and Catholic leaders usually can be quoted as saying “Palm Sunday is celebrated by the blessing and distribution of palm branches or the branches of other native trees representing the palm branches the crowd scattered in front of Christ as he rode into Jerusalem.”

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While we cannot celebrate these type of times in person, that doesn’t mean we have to celebrate any less. Use this tough time to practice the act of faith, which is that ability to believe in something that we don’t necessarily have proof of or see in person.

Take advantage of this perceived negative time, and turn it positive with thoughts. Keeping the ideals and meanings behind Palm Sunday in our thoughts, and the same with Good Friday, and Easter.

That’s the best part of faith and spirituality. We can use it in our prayers to celebrate the holidays, just as strongly, and just as much as gathering on those days, over large meals.

Make this Sunday, your day of rest. Use it for relaxation, reflection, meditation, and do it all with mindfulness. I remind everyone that these opportunities for quiet reflection won’t last for long by any means. Make the best of it, before it’s all gone.

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Michael Patanella

is a Trenton, New Jersey Author, Publisher, Columnist, Editor, Advocate, and recovering addict, covering topics of mental health, addiction, sobriety, mindfulness, self-help, faith, spirituality, Smart Recovery, social advocacy, and countless other nonfiction topics. His articles, publications, memoirs, and stories are geared towards being a voice for the voiceless. Hoping to reach others out there still struggling.

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Michael Patanella

Michael Patanella

Author, Publisher, and Editor. I cover mindfulness, mental health, addiction, sobriety, life, and spirituality among other things. MichaelPatanella.medium.com