“Just as mother keeps her child from harm, and guards him with her life, so you should treasure all living beings with a grateful heart, spreading love throughout the world. Protect everyone, everywhere, from hatred, and radiate kindness in all directions.”
~ from the Buddhist Doctrinal Formulas, as translated by Richard Hooper in his book, Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, and Lao Tzu: The Parallel Sayings.
During this strange sci-fi-ish virus pandemic quaran-time reality, have you noticed that everywhere you turn someone is saying “Stay safe”?
I am so touched by the sweetness of those two words. It feels like people are really caring about each other; like they sincerely wish safety and protection for others. This is like a sparkling jewel of tenderness emerging from humanity.
May all living beings be protected from viruses of all kinds, including the virus of hatred and the virus of torturing and killing innocent animals for food.
May all living beings be free of suffering!
May all living beings be happy and kind!
Let’s all stay safe and send love out in all directions!
With a grateful heart,
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When I focus on the weirdness of this virus pandemic, I can get really freaked out. How about you?
Alternatively, when I shift my focus to the perpetual weekend quality of this quaran-time, I can get really expanded on many levels. Have you experienced that also?
This strange reality can either be a limiting prison or a retreat space, depending on our perceptions in any given moment. With the power of our minds we can choose to embrace the opportunities to dwell in the sacred, to be in time out of time, and to exist in the extraordinary spirit realms that are always surrounding our energy fields.
We can harness the energy, time, and space of our quarantines for goodness through indulging in a variety of R’s, such as Resting, Relishing, Recharging, Regrouping, Resetting, and Recalibrating.
Are you taking some time each day to relish the small joys in your world?
Let’s all choose to focus our awareness on high love vibrations! Let’s allow the Forces of Goodness to refresh our souls!
May you be blessed with many R’s during this time, as humanity finds its way forward!
With my focus on reverberating good vibes,
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What matters to you? The people you’re connected to, the books you read, the work you do, the legacy you’ll leave behind?
And when you come to the end of your life, what matters then? Have you considered such matters as burial or cremation?
Mark Harris considered them, and he wrote a potent book about them, called Grave Matters: A Journey Through the Modern Funeral Industry to a Natural Way of Burial.
I had read many books on death and dying already, but this book was different. It was tough to read, maybe because Harris made me love the people whose death stories he tells. I felt grief and a sinking sick feeling as if people close to me had died. Still, I think that Grave Matters is a very important read for those who can handle it.
During this quaran-time, if you are suddenly feeling like you need to “put your affairs in order,” this book may be helpful to you.
In any case, may you be blessed to feel in alignment with what matters most to you.
With grit and grace,
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