Tuesday, June 20, 2017

On Doing the Right Thing




        I think many people are very aware of just how pervasively the mood at the White House has affected the national mood. We are definitely more querulous, more conscious of differences, more inclined to view our American diversity as “otherness.” The current administration fosters so much combativeness and intense negativity that it is bound to trickle down to the rest of us.

Therefore if the leaders are not equal to the people, the people must lead, and the people are more than just latte’ liberals and card-carrying conservatives! We are spiritual beings, whatever our personal beliefs may be, and we all carry the gift of heaven within us. The miseries we have been inflicting upon ourselves are nothing short of a form of sacrilege!

We know what to do, and we have before us the great, golden ethical guide: Do as you would be done to. This is “the right thing.” We all want to be treated with kindness, compassion, fairness, justice and loving concern and so certainly does the rest of humanity. This is not rocket science, and it doesn’t take a university degree to figure how to live accordingly. It is not for nothing that the opening words of the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States are “We, the people…”

We can extend our hands, both literally and figuratively, to those who are just out of reach. We can determine what is needed and agree to be need fillers. If our leaders are not for us, then we must be for one another. Sometimes it will be as simple as giving a smile; other times will take more effort.

We know the right thing to do…

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

On the Value of Silence



   

In my trips down memory lane, I often remember my mother when, in her occasional frustration, would shake her head and grumble, “I can’t even hear myself think!” Often it would be during noisy episodes at home but it also could be when she just couldn’t gather her thoughts. I think we all know these feelings… and even more so today… because the means of rapid inflow of information now causes us to scramble even more.

Noisier world than ever...

It is absolutely a noisier world than ever, with sounds coming at us all the time, even from the tiny phones in our pockets. It is no wonder that we cannot “hear ourselves think!” I believe that, no matter how much we may value our lives and activities, there are just times when we must find silent spaces so that our own thoughts can come to us easily and effortlessly. When my thoughts can’t make it through the din, my little trick is to sit at the computer and play a game or two of solitaire. The soft shusheling of the cards and the automatic motions of play allow lapses and gaps in the demanding sea of ideas and help my own thoughts to unfold peacefully within me, sometimes letting a tidbit of needed information float up before me.

Silence holds healing...

Certainly it is wonderful to have lives that call to us, but silence holds healing in its noiseless movements. The quiet bears gifts that can never be found in the ceaseless clatter of daily life. The wise person knows this and makes certain that there are times of silence in the day. Love comes unannounced… softly and sweetly… and it needs a quiet track to bring its light to the mind and heart.


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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

On the Value of Spiritual Practice




         

The old timers in spiritual studies loved to say that we must “know the Truth.” I say that this is fine…as far as it goes. Knowing the Truth is one thing; practicing its premises is another because practicing is the other half of knowing. It is one thing to close our eyes and murmur that God is all there is; it is quite another to be upset and influenced by the practitioners of hatred and divisiveness, those who would create the “other” to fear and despise. I must cop to this one at times so I know what I, and all of us as spiritual students, must do.

Our holy business...

It is our holy business to adhere to Oneness in the face of everything that would deny it. The world of forms can be beautiful and terrible, humane and quixotic, uplifting and discouraging. Since our thinking becomes cause in the course of our lives, how stable, how gratifying, how filled with love must our thinking be? Of course we know the answer. We must engage in our practices every day with the best mind and heart we have.

Clear thinking and clear knowing...

We can engage in clear thinking and clear knowing if we choose. We can stabilize our minds through consistent prayer, meditation and contemplation. We can keep our vision focused upon the good we can bring into life and work to see it come to pass.

Our own, gift-giving abilities...

A current saying these days is “Be the good you want to experience in the world.” This is an excellent spiritual practice, for it causes us to create within ourselves our own, gift-giving abilities.

Don’t be mistaken. Life needs every gift we have!

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