“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death,
Lean in, stay connected, do not give up. You are not alone. Many are working to move forward in the promise of hope while the winds of anger and fear blow to tip our world off-balance. You are connected by a bond that cannot be torn apart. A connection found deep within the heart – pacing a quiet beat in rhythm with all of creation.
Lean in, stay connected, do not give up. The next person you see may need a simple act of compassion to rekindle hope. Do not look away. We are given many opportunities to care for one another, changing the world one-act at a time.
May we move ahead sharing this promise of hope. May we live by example – a people of compassion and peace.
Renew me this night in the image of your love, renew me in the likeness of your mercy, O God. May any refusal to forgive that lingers with me from the day, any bitterness of soul that hardens my heart, be softened by your graces of the night.
Quote: Celtic Benediction, John Philip Newell
The peace of morning’s stillness
the peace of new beginnings
the peace of heaven’s kiss
to welcome this new day
to root us in this day
to free us for this day
that we may grow with the greening earth
that we may grow from the ground of glory
that we may grow in grateful wonder of You
Gracious Giver of this day
Great Giver of this new day.
In one of his insightful talks Zen master Shunryu Suzuki said that in your practice you should walk like an elephant. “If you can walk slowly, without any idea of gain, then you are already a good Zen student.” There’s a mantra for your religion: Walk like an elephant. It means to move at a comfortable pace. No rushing toward a goal. No push to make it all meaningful. The sometimes inscrutable texts of Taoism and Zen teach that it’s important to do what you do without trying to accomplish anything. One of the benefits of a religion of one’s own is its ordinariness and simplicity. You don’t need a magnificent ceremony, a specially ordained minister, or a revered revelation to give you authority. You don’t have to get anywhere. There are no goals and objectives: nothing to succeed in, and nothing in which to fail. You can sit in…
Nilufer Demir, photographer from Turkish news agency
“It was a year ago today…” the reporter began this morning on NPR as she reflected on the story of this young of refugee, would – be – immigrant, washing up on shore.
A year ago today this image was shared all over the world. An image that spanned race, creed and origin to touch the hearts of our common humanity with sadness and a cry for compassion. He was just a child. Not a thief nor a murderer but just a child following his parents to a place of safety and hope. As I settle in for bed tonight his image is before me.
May our hearts be softened as we face the pain and suffering of our world. May we learn to listen and respond with support and compassion. May we pray for peace and make it so.
BY OMID SAFI (@OSTADJAAN), ONBEING COLUMNIST
It was the shoes
that broke your heart.
The sweet boy, chubby in the flesh
was laying down on the beach
Face in the waves
He almost looked like he was sleeping
Except that this sleep
Had no awakening.
It was the world’s conscience that seems to be asleep
with little sign of awakening.
You couldn’t see the boy’s face.
Aylan is his name.
Aylan was his name.
Aylan was the name his momma called him.
You couldn’t see Aylan’s face,
But you saw the shoes that a parent,
Had lovingly put on him earlier that day.
A day to wake up and count your blessings. No one can name the way you are blessed better than you.
Like the adage – ‘the grass is always greener on the other side.’ – people can look at you and list the blessings they see or think they understand but you are the only one that can count the blessings you hold deep within your heart.
Wake up and begin this day grateful for all of that makes your life richer and brings you joy. This is a list that only you can make.
A new day – may it reveal all the things that brings joy and gratitude into your life.