To understand everything is to forgive everything. ~Buddha I'd love your thoughts on this in the Comments. . . .
I've been sorting through boxes of artifacts of my life, the things that I assumed I'd use for writing fodder in my senior years. As the years passed, I envisioned my senior years spent finishing the memoir I've worked on in fits and starts. Well, my senior years are here and writing has taken a . . .
The Meditation Room at the Edgar Cayce A.R.E. in Virginia Beach is a beautiful place. While visiting last year, I noticed little paper scrolls in a glass bowl with an invitation to take one. I did. I got this message about forgiveness. If you're a regular reader, you know that for me, this life . . .
We're a society that likes revenge and retribution. Although horrible things happen in the world, seemingly unforgivable things, many religions ask us to forgive. We don't always rise to the occasion, especially when a life is taken due to someone's carelessness, bad judgment or evil intentions. . . .
The realization that another person wishes to harm and hurt you can not undermine genuine compassion--a compassion based on the clear recognition of that person as someone who is suffering, who has the natural and instinctive desire to seek happiness and overcome suffering, just like . . .
This made my brain hurt. You? . . .
People who hurt others are hurting. These days the deep questions of life and death are sitting front and center in my life. Serious and important things. But like irritating little gnats, people behaving badly have buzzed round the periphery. When they buzz into my sphere I have to swat them . . .
My father could be a difficult man. No, I'm not going to detail how and when or why--for this story it's enough to say that he could be difficult and we had a pretty contentious relationship well into my adulthood. I thought him a fearsome figure. But. Our relationship has strengthened . . .
Do it Anyway, an Inspirational Poem by Kent Keith and popularized by Mother Teresa People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives; Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false . . .
Pray for Peace I must interrupt regularly scheduled programming because the world has gone mad once again and terrorists of all flavors are running rampant, many in the name of religion. Children are being beheaded. People are being buried alive. These barbarous acts are worse than we can . . .