When we open our hearts to love truly, courageously and selflessly, we witness graces and blessings blooming on the path as we walk thru,yes even sufferings as we face them become joy……
Love is…….always,eternal…..love is what we speak of, or call or know as ‘God’……love is the ‘I Am'(Now)…….the stillness,the awared presence,the presence of goodness.
Love is presence of divine intelligence that guides and opens the path of fearlessness to face all phenomenon however challenging,tragic and joyful with no regrets or turning back.Love is the presence of beauty itself….there is no outward ‘ugliness’….there is nothing to judge or condemn/criticise….…
Love is Truth…it speaks only to light the dark with no malicious/hurtful,egoic intent.Love is the act of forgiveness,purifying the path and planting the seeds of peace….
Love animates in kind actions,beneficial for all,with no segregation to anyone!
Love competes with no-one,with nothing……it stands open alone like a beacon for all to see…….
Love is not out there to search for or to be envious that someone else might have,it is not to be afraid that we cannot attain it…..for it is already Within us!
“Give,even if you have little”
~~~~ Buddha ~~~~
The widow’s offering…..according to the Christian gospels, while watching people in the temple put their monetary offerings into the treasury box,Jesus tells his disciples to look at the poor widow who put in 2 copper coins while the rich were putting in quite a bit of money …so he says to them, “in truth the widow has put in more than the others because the rich were putting in their surpluses while this poor woman gave all that she had!”
Are we afraid of giving,either giving of ourselves to those in need,to make sincere time or put an effort to bring cheer or to be kind to others(not only the ones we like or near and dear to us)to make someone ‘happy’just to see them happy and not to please our own needs.
Even when we do not receive anything from making others to feel uplifted, will we lose anything,……. perhaps we might gain joy and a sense of meaningful living from doing so,our hearts are learning to be wise and compassionate,it is learning to be open to love without conditions and limitations………..
Even when we cannot be present to give of our time and effort,we can practise the offering of our sincere kind thoughts and intentions by way of prayers, supplications, wishes and pleasant kindly surprises etc….
We might each be caught up with our own state of affairs and problems and so are the others…and it doesn’t mean that we take for granted that people who seem well to do, busy enjoying life and look seemingly happy are at peace and are not in need of kindly attentions!
If we can but give a few moments of our thoughtful time for others,we can practise opening the heart to generosity and kindness,instead of keeping it locked in…….thinking we are the only ones suffering or going thru rough and lonely,difficult desperate times.When we relate to others by way of thoughfulness and understanding and respect,we soften our hearts and therefore can be resilient and be adaptable to our own difficult circumstances ……..
When we truly give even if we have little……we acknowledge and witness to the wealth we already are within…….
I like to honor my father Harold in this aspect of generosity,giving the very little he had …..a man who did not have much by way of financial security but a man rich of heart………..I remember my father’s kindness especially so when he would sacrifice his share of food to give to 2 poor families whom he temporarily allowed to come live with us in our simple home,I remember they made makeshift beds and little shelters in our living room with carboard boxes.My father made sure they had food to eat….no matter, he was always willing to eat less so others may share in the meal.As I write this I can feel the generosity/kindness of his heart and most importantly he never made a fuss or complained or showed disrespect to these poor families ….both families were only mothers with children( a couple of mentally disabled children included)…………..I guess unconsciously then I learned a lot from my father’s kindness,from his very little offerings to us,his family,friends,relatives and to strangers and to all who came into our humble home………………………………………….
This song is truly spiritually meaningful………….the words of wisdom here is “let it be”…………”there will be an answer”…….in life there will always be an answer…..whether it be good/bad,positive/negative,yes/no….whatever the outcome ….we simply allow things to be…..we learn to accept and adapt to the given situation…….yes sometimes we have to wait for a while before the answer we need to know comes,in the meantime we learn to be patient and gracious and remain humble and trusting and open, not clinging or manipulating,trying to control to what we think we need but simply flowing with life’s given opportunities for spiritual growth and there is always light shining Within!
Paul Mcartney(of the famous Beatles) wrote the song let it be thru an inspiration he had in a dream of his mother Mary saying to him at a time of darkness in his life ….he heard her telling him to …..”let it be!”
Whether we want to make it that the Virgin Mary is speaking words of wisdom… “let it be” or anybody else inspirational saying there will be an answer….we can allow ourselves to be imaginative and creative and listen attentively with our hears to the words and bring in comfort that all things are impermanent and will work accordingly and simply let it be,let things be, let life open whatever,however,with whomever we need to learn to enrich our lives with courage and presence.
This song brings back a memory of a time when I was newly walking on my spiritual journey some 18/19 years ago. I was invited by the spiritual leader Sr.Elise of the Good Shepherd Convent to go to Cuba to try and open a convent there in Havana.We met the archbishop or bishop,I wasn’t too sure which,but I remember he held my hand and didn’t want to let it go,all the time talking to me in English while talking to Sr. Elise in Spanish.It was a time of spiritual beauty, grace and little miracles I experienced internally……I felt like the universe had laid out beautiful shells and conches on the beach while I walked on the sand.We were also graciously invited to go visit a convent there for lunch.
After all the work done by Sr. Elise,it was time to leave Cuba,while waiting for the bus to go to the airport,Sr. Elise asked me…..what do you think,will a convent come to fruition here in Cuba…….I replied I don’t know,there will be an answer,just let t be………..and as soon as we boarded the bus……the very first song that played on the bus stereo as we settled to sit down….was Let it be by the Beatles! And of course I turned to Sr.Elise and said here is your answer!
We do what we need to do and let things be…………………
The spiritual journey is like a humble hungry beggar who knocks on the door of the Master for food,quietly persistent,never complaining or showing anger despite being turned away umpteen times.The master finally sees the patience,sincerity and devotion of the beggar and at last invites the beggar in for a sumptous feast!
…..take courage to always act and speak in truth for it will bind you not to fear and guilt…………….
According to the gospel of Matthew……… Jesus called the crowd to him. He said, “Listen and understand.. “What goes into someone’s mouth does not make him/her ‘unclean.’ It’s what comes out of their mouth that makes them ‘unclean.’ ”
So therefore we practise mindfulness and awareness of presence within in order to scan the conscience for whatever comes from within us reflects our inner states…..