"He who has not looked on Sorrow will never see Joy." Kahlil Gibran
Sorrow has a way of causing the fantasies of this worldly existence to be seen as they are, and drives us to find True Joy within.
"There is properly no history; only biography. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
People make history. We make history with every action we make or don't make. We are continuously "writing" our own biographies. The choices we make do make a difference, and when all is said and done we are the history we lived. Let's be proud of the biographies we write everyday.
One thing I’ve learned is that at the core of white privilege is the entitlement to amnesia and ignorance. To forget that America was founded on stolen land, stolen labor, and genocide, and that we live in a society structured by this history, is to embrace an identity rooted in a false innocence and a flight from truth and healing. This is the rot at the root of the nation.
Jabari S. Jones
Jabari S Jones’s article has caused me to reflect on the state of our country and the world past and present. Ignoring the degradation of fellow humans (and the planet) has been going on through out history. There have also been individuals whom have exemplified the side of human nature that fosters Truth and Healing. Each have taught the Source of Peace and Right Action is accessible within each of us.
“Spend time cultivating gratefulness if you want to be happy.” - Sri Avanish, non secular spiritual healer
Dick Hood spoke about our personal “saints”; the people who made a difference in our lives. We all have them. When you recognize your “saint(s)”, I hope you feel as grateful and happy as I do when I spend time with my memories of my saints.
By ethical conduct toward all creatures, we enter into a spiritual relationship with the universe.
Since we were born we’ve learned to separate ourselves from “The Other” but once we have a glimpse of the “Sameness” we are able to know compassion.
"A friend is one who overlooks your broken fence and admires the flowers in your garden." - Unknown
We all have fences that need mending in one way or another, but it is the beauty within each and everyone of us that blossoms into true friendships.
We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it's another to think that yours is the only path. Paulo Coelho
Man can no longer live his life for himself alone. We realize that all life is valuable and that we are united to all this life. From this knowledge comes our spiritual relationship to the universe.
It has been said "Be Still and Know." If I don’t Know, be still until clarity comes. Other wise I just make more of a mess.
"It's not possible to experience constant euphoria, but if you're grateful, you can find happiness in everything." - Pharrell Williams, American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur.
There is a lot going on in our world, some good and some not so good. If we concentrate more on the good, and look at what we can do to improve the bad, we should experience happiness for what we have, and happiness for the ways in which we make a difference.
After I die and you die, the possibility of peace will go on living in every atom in the universe. It is infinite.
The opportunity is for us, as finite beings, to encounter the infinite.
Between birth and death we have the opportunity to live in peace with our Self and those in our world.
"Be kind when possible. It is always possible." - Dalai Lama
There has been discussion about how to be kind to those we disagree with on many issues. Sometimes the best form of kindness is to say "Have a nice day", and walk away. Kindness is always possible.