The issues of today are challenging me in new ways. There is so much going on! Many parts of myself are being activated – like a new awareness of the world and potential creativity. And yet, I have mixed feelings of uncertainty and hope. Change can be exciting and scary!
One thing that I do know is that I am an eternal being. I will leave this ordinary reality at some point. But while I am here, I plan to live with wisdom in my heart and mind. Remember everything is impermeant.
If you are alive today, you have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives around you. Show people how much you love them and forgive them – even if they don’t show you their love or forgiveness. For example, last weekend, I went out to lunch with my aunt and other family members. I haven’t seen my aunt in over three years. I gave my aunt a big hug and told her that I loved her. However, she did not say that she loved me back. That stung – hurt my heart. But, during lunch, I remained calm and happy toward her.
I’m not sure why my aunt did not express her love toward me. Was it my vaccination status? Or because I am Buddhist? Toward the end of lunch, my aunt asked me if I was a Christian. At first, I wasn’t sure what to say. But then I reassured her that I was a Christian. I consider myself a Christian-Buddhist. I will always have my roots in Christianity. My response appeared to make her happy – so that makes me happy.
I still love my aunt whether she tells me she loves me or not. However, I cannot deny the human part of me that still is sensitive to words. Words are powerful and carry an energetic charge.
Also, I am not going to change myself for my aunt or anyone else. My intention for the lunch gathering was to have a pleasant time. I didn’t want to get into a debate about religion.
Right now, we need to bring out the best in ourselves! It’s going to be challenging with everything that is going on. But we can do it!
I’m sending you lots and lots of love.