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What is love in the spiritual sense?
We see that this love is not something far-off, nor is it anything that can come to us. It is already a part of our being, already established within us; and more than that, it is universal and impersonal. As this universal and impersonal love flows out from us, we begin to love our neighbor, because it is impossible to feel this love for God within us and not love our fellow man (page 66-67.)
~Joel S. Goldsmith
It just happens to be Father’s Day when I am writing on this topic of “love.” Some of us have been born lucky into a family where our father was a great dad, loving, kind, sharing, supportive and more and for others not so much. But in everyone’s life there is a person who fills that roll. It could be a friend, uncle, grandfather, teacher, minister, neighbor, or coach. So this blog is dedicated to everyone who has inspired someone to be the best they can be, consoled someone when they were sad or afraid, and loved someone just for who they were—a perfectly divine and lovable being. They see a person that is loved beyond their actions or words in a given situation or in spite of them.
Every time I walk into our prison sangha to share the teachings of Buddhism with our members “behind the fence” I am reminded of that truth. If I did not know that I was in a prison and I was just dropped into the room unaware of its location I would have thought that I was in the midst of a study group of monks and priests practicing and living a life of peace, love, and compassion for all. They are such a great demonstration of what some might term “fatherly love.” They support each other, share, praise, and love each other as the divine beings that they were created to be.
Love is not something that you get out of a bottle or can create in a high school science lab. It is not something that you can buy in a store or on line from Amazon. It does not come from the US Post Office or FedEx. It comes from each individual when their hearts and minds meld together supported by feelings and actions that are loving, compassionate, and sometimes firm when need be. All the money in the world could not buy it. It is not for sale. It does not have to be earned, nor can it be.
Love simply exists in the universe as an energy that we are born with, an energy that exits everywhere and thus in everything. When we open our hearts and minds to this truth of our being all doors can be opened and all hearts can be repaired. I have seen it with my own eyes in our prison ministry each and every day.
I encourage you all to meet your good today and every day by living your life through the words of Emmet Fox and watch your life be transformed!
In gassho, Shokai
 Goldsmith, J.S. (1958) Practicing the Presence: The Inspirational Guide to Regaining Meaning and A Sense of Purpose in Your Life HarperSanFrancisco:CA
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“All the great prophets taught that you will find a sense of peace and purpose in stillness. They all wanted you to be able to find peace within yourself (page 42).”
~Russell Simmons (Success through Stillness)
Stillness can be seen sometimes out my office window when not a single leaf is moving on the trees. Sometimes I see stillness in my dog Annie as she lays contentedly next to me sleeping in her little bed. At times she is so still that I have to look at her stomach to see if she is still breathing!
I find stillness in my mind and body when I am sitting each morning meditating. I even have felt stillness as I’ve sipped my morning coffee savoring the taste of it on my tongue, feeling the warmth of it moving down my throat while breathing in the fragrance of the coffee and the hazelnut creamer.
Stillness can be found anywhere and anytime if you are looking for it. Even at the Fourth of July fireworks celebration you can be so focused on the beauty of the fireworks and the sound of them that your entire being is one with them. You are so connected that you don’t hear the screams of the children or the barking of the dogs.
Stillness is not a thing—it is a place that we go when our minds are focused so thoroughly on one thing that time has stopped and space and eternity is everywhere in that moment of stillness. When I was a child I loved to read the Nancy Drew mysteries. I was there in the stillness of the book and the moment. I was Nancy walking, running, jumping, solving the mystery. I sat still for hours on the couch or on my bed engrossed in the book. There were many days when my mother would literally have to walk into the room and shake me to get my attention. She was so exasperated that I did not respond to her calling my name to come in for supper.
Stillness, what is it really? What mysteries does it hold? Oh, the places you will go! There is no time in stillness. Stillness can last a nanosecond or an hour without differentiation. We welcome stillness sometimes when things are getting too busy at work, school, or home. We crave it when we are stuck in activity, thinking, emotions, and the adrenaline rush!
Such is a time to hold up a big STOP sign in your mind. Such is a time to take hold of your breath and breathe three times slowly simply counting one on the in breath and two on the out breath. To find stillness in the breath, to live between the heart beats, where eternity lives is divine.
Take charge of your life, find time every day, as often as possible for a “stillness break” instead of a coffee break or an ice cream break! Meet the peace within yourself. You’ll be glad you did—so will everyone around you, I’m sure!
Let’s meet in the stillness where we will definitely find our good today! See you there! I await your presence!
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Today is the day that I begin to meet my good and look for the things in life, in Buddhism, in philosophy, in religion, and beyond that can assist me in this new adventure in living. Why begin eac…
Source: Meet Your Good Today Part 1… Introduction
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