This Week's Quotation:
Learn to turn to each person as the most sacred person on Earth, to each moment as the most sacred moment that has ever been given to us. Then perhaps we are awake a bit more, perhaps breathing together with God.~ Reshad Feild, Sufi mystic and author
The Sacredness of Life
It's easy to get caught up in the mucky-muck of life and lose touch with its inherent sacredness. I like to imagine how our world will change when the human default is to see the sacred in everything. Imagine if our first instinct is to have absolute faith that there is something eternally beautiful happening in every circumstance, even when the mundane world attempts to convince us otherwise.
And what about the sacredness of our own unique self and the body temple that enables our human experience? We are, each of us, utterly holy, a home for the creative force that animates all that is. Might it be that the first step to seeing the sacred in all of life's expressions is to see our own inherent magnificence, no matter what we look like or what mistakes we've made? To completely love ourselves—absurdity, foolishness, warts and all.
When we strive to see the sacred, it changes everything. Sure, things still happen that are not to our preference. Even heartbreaking and horrific things. But they no longer rock us off our holy center. In seeing the sacredness, we bring the saving grace of our holy presence to every situation. We no longer get caught up in the battle of opposites or struggle against life's events when we are attuned with life's abiding sacredness.
The sun radiates its life-sustaining energy without ever expecting anything in return. Might we love life back with equal intensity? For the sheer joy of it, let's all get our "sun on" and beam our beautifully unique light to bless our precious world.
Life is sacred. To live is a blessing. Yes!
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Yes. How beautiful. This deep-hearted sensing to treat each person as “the most sacred” is compelling. It seems to echo in the spirit of the Rabbi who told the story that each person “could be the Messiah” and of Jesus’s words “let he who is least among you be first…” So interfaith wisdom as you bring to us knows no theological boundaries… it is up to me to BE this — to not pass over the president’s secretary in treating her or him with love and respect when trying to reach the president …nor the security guard nor the neighbor who seems like a curmudgeon. Each person, each moment, and each message is sacred. Thank you Terri and David. WITH YOU. Tom
Thank you, Terri!
May we never forget from whence we have come and why we are here.
Let us “pour out a blessing” in all our moments…