Author: openlife72

I am.

Right Here and Now

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“In the garden of Gethsemane, the last words Jesus spoke to his apostles were, “Stay awake.” In fact, he says it twice. The Buddha offered the same wisdom; “Buddha” actually means “I am awake.”

Staying awake comes not from willpower but from a wholehearted surrender to the moment–as it is. If you can be present, you will experience what most of us mean by God, and you do not even need to call it God. It’s largely a matter of letting go of resistance to what the moment offers or of clinging to a past moment. It is an acceptance of the full reality of what is right here and now. It will be the task of your whole lifetime.”

– Richard Rohr, Just This

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The Light

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The light that we see
Is proof beyond measure
Of more than we shall ever know
In this life.
Thank God for the mystery.
Let the questions remain
And the shadows fall
So that we may see what love
Exists in us all.
For what is love
But another name for life.

The Welcoming Prayer

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Welcome, welcome, welcome.
I welcome everything that comes to me today
because I know it’s for my healing.
I welcome all thoughts, feelings, emotions, persons,
situations, and conditions.
I let go of my desire for power and control.
I let go of my desire for affection, esteem,
approval and pleasure.
I let go of my desire for survival and security.
I let go of my desire to change any situation,
condition, person or myself.
I open to the love and presence of God and
God’s action within. ~Amen.

~ Father Thomas Keating

Thank you Contemplative Monk for bringing this to my attention today!

Love Your Neighbor

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“When you’re able to acknowledge that many people are choosing different things; they believe differently; they want differently; they act differently, and when you understand that all of that adds to a more perfect whole, and that none of that threatens you-because the only thing that affects you is what you’re doing with your own valve-then you move about freely and joyously.”

― Esther Hicks, Sara Book 1