The Poverty of the West

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My words for meditation today:

“He awoke each morning with the desire to do right, to be a good and meaningful person, to be, as simple as it sounded and as impossible as it actually was, happy. And during the course of each day his heart would descend from his chest into his stomach. By early afternoon he was overcome by the feeling that nothing was right, or nothing was right for him, and by the desire to be alone. By evening he was fulfilled: alone in the magnitude of his grief, alone in his aimless guilt, alone even in his loneliness. I am not sad, he would repeat to himself over and over, I am not sad. As if he might one day convince himself. Or fool himself. Or convince others–the only thing worse than being sad is for others to know that you are sad. I am not sad. I am not sad.”

- Jonathan Safran Foer (Everything Is Illuminated)

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“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.”

- Mother Theresa

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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Facing Your Hopes

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In meditating on facing one’s fears today (from my prior post, “The thing you fear“) I actually found myself thinking about the things that I hope for more than what I fear … a testament to overcoming fears, but that was just the first step.  As I focused on my greatest hopes and desires, that feeling of clenching in my heart chakra told me that I was closing myself; shutting myself down.

It made me consider that, in my quest to overcome any and all fears, I neglected to seek out my hopes equally.

Your hopes and fears are always tied together.  The greatest love in your life will, at some point, also produce some of the greatest pain in your life … the depths of pain come from loving just that much.  We can shut ourselves down to experience less pain … but then we lose the joy in living as well.

“Living on the edge” truthfully means living life to the fullest … embracing your hopes and dreams, while accepting that in doing so you will go through some equal swings to the back end of that pendulum.

I personally have found victory in overcoming my fears by accepting them; allowing them to be, letting them go, and then allowing myself to move forward free of any fear-based reactions.

The same thing is true with out hopes … first though we have to actually ALLOW them to be.  Most often we shoot our hopes down before we can ever actually pursue them: the person of your dreams, the job that seems unattainable, spiritual enlightenment, etc.  Why is this?

Well, partially we fear the rejection of others; that we’ll be ridiculed for being so ostentatious as to actually believe we can make our dreams become reality.  The deeper core of it though is that if we really embrace our dreams … we are going to the farthest ends of hope and joy that we possibly can.

We are afraid of the pain that will one day arrive, and so we sabotage our dreams … that way, such depths of pain will never be known.  Problem solved.

Except that you’ll never forgive yourself for giving up … and you’ll never know that level of happiness … ever.

The only way to truly overcome our fears is not only to accept the fears … but to also embrace our greatest dreams, no matter the consequence.  Bad things will happen to you in life, regardless … you can either be happy by pursuing your dreams, and sure have some deep pain as a consequence … or you can never be truly happy, and miserable when the events that are out of your control happen.

Set that pendulum swinging … pursue your dreams … don’t just stop time to avoid pain.  The likelihood is that God gave you those dreams for a purpose.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

Southern California, Northern California,Mission ViejoIrvineLos AngelesSan FranciscoMarinSan JoseSan Juan CapistranoSanta AnaPalm SpringsLong Beach

re-blogged from Facing Your Hopes.

Opportunity For Reggae Singer – “Unconditional Love”, an original song

Anyone sing Reggae, or want to give this song a try? I LOVE the lyrics and message, but unfortunately am not a Reggae singer … although I would love to contribute to this music project somehow!

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re-blogged from Opportunity For Reggae Singer – “Unconditional Love”, an original song.

- click the above SoundCloud link to listen to the a capella vocals for this new original song -

If you like singing Reggae and feel that you have a nice voice (or perhaps you’ve been told you do) … record yourself singing this new song and send the recording to me at songboy_s_c@yahoo.com!

This could be a great opportunity to share your voice and spirit with the world!

This is a collaborative project where anyone and everyone who contributes gets equal musical songwriting credit for the song they contribute to. So if you want to play guitar, drums, piano, didgeridoo, create electronic music … the list goes on indefinitely. There are no end to musical possibilities and that is what will make this project something no one has ever heard before.

The lyrics are below … the song is in the key of C … let your spirit guide you and share what is unique to you with the rest of us in the world.

“Unconditional Love”

By: Christopher Anderson

Unconditional love
means never closing your heart
although it be torn apart
or ripped to pieces.

Unconditional love
as pure as a newborn kiss
and as long Ouroboros
but much more gentle.

What they can’t see
can be heard in the silence.
Where they may go
so it follows surely behind;
like the tendrils of passion
it climbs the edifice of their mind
to bloom and spread a fragrance
Unmistakable.

Unconditional love
collapses all space and time
with all souls intertwined
but barely moving.

Unconditional love
it pierces right through your heart
tears flow at the very art
of its magic.

(choir sings “Unconditional Love” in chords while soloist improvs)

It can’t be broken
Cannot be changed
Not dismantled
Or rearranged.
No more fighting
No more hate
No more vengeance
It all dissipates.

It’s unconditional.
Love.

 

 

Clarity Comes in the Afterglow

There is a curious replenishing that occurs within when we see something through to the finish.  You can see this in the world all around us: sports, careers, hobbies, etc.  When you finally reach that pinnacle you can stop and look back at what you have accomplished … and be grateful.  The same thing happens for us spiritually as well; if we take the time to actually sit, meditate, and listen to God … and then to begin the spiritual undertaking we feel guided toward, and see it through to the end.

Often times the biggest breakthroughs we can have in our lives come AFTER we’ve seen something through to the end.  We tend to want these discoveries to happen while we are working so desperately hard … we want to see the results.  This seldom happens.  Usually we finish something, relax into the new place where we have arrived, and then somehow everything seems to CLICK … that “a-ha” moment!  Suddenly everything we were trying to force our Selves to understand and embody … just happens within us, and we feel a wonderful sense of renewal.

I have been experiencing this over the past few days.  Truthfully, this past week has been an incredibly difficult and emotionally stressful week … but all of that came about as a result of seeing something through to the finish; something that I felt guided by God to start, and this week to finally bring to a place of completion.  It has brought about a lot of changes, and if I were to write them down on paper it would all seem daunting and stressful.  Truthfully though, the hardest part was in making myself DO them … willing myself to follow God’s guidance, even if it seemed frightening.  The repercussions that have come afterward are almost afterthoughts … I feel such a wonderful sense of peace in knowing that I am on the Path that I am supposed to be on.

Clarity comes in the afterglow of Divine consummation.

The trials that I currently am going through I know to be things that I am intended to experience and learn from … because I know I am on that Divinely guided Path.  That transforms them from anxiety causing events, into lessons that I can embrace … such a different outlook and perspective from what I spent most of my life doing!

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- pic by Larry Roby.  This post was a result of meditating on my prior post, “Replenishing Renewal“.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

Southern California, Northern California, Mission ViejoIrvineLos AngelesSan FranciscoMarinSan JoseSan Juan CapistranoSanta AnaPalm SpringsLong Beach

re-blogged from Clarity Comes in the Afterglow.

You are anxious and troubled about many things – Jesus

My words for meditation:

“To put it still more plainly: the desire for security and the feeling of insecurity are the same thing. To hold your breath is to lose your breath. A society based on the quest for security is nothing but a breath-retention contest in which everyone is as taut as a drum and as purple as a beet.”

- Alan Watts

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“I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principal source of success in life. Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone. The key is to develop inner peace.”

- Dalai Lama XIV

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Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

- Jesus; the Bible, Luke 10: 38-42

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

Southern California, Northern California, Mission ViejoIrvineLos AngelesSan FranciscoMarin,San JoseSan Juan CapistranoSanta AnaPalm SpringsLong Beach

re-blogged from You are anxious and troubled about many things.

Osho on Jesus

Originally posted on Religion4All:

I found this to be a very interesting read … and will use it as my words to meditate on today:

“Jesus tried to help people not to feel guilty. That was his whole effort. The whole effort was to tell people to accept themselves and not feel guilty, not feel condemned. Don’t say to yourself that you are ugly, wrong, a sinner. Don’t condemn. Whatsoever you are, you are. Accept the fact, and the very acceptance becomes a transformation.

Jesus never created guilt in people. That was one of his crimes. He tried to cheer up guilty people — that was his crime. He tried to tell them, “Don’t be guilty, don’t feel guilty. Even if there is something wrong, you are not wrong. Maybe you have acted wrongly, but your being is not wrong because of that.” Some action may be wrong, but the being is always right.

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A Mental Idol – words to meditate on from Eckhart Tolle

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My words to meditate upon today:

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” The word ‘God’ has become a closed concept.”

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“Neither ‘God’ nor ‘Being’ nor any other word can define or explain the ineffable reality behind the word, so the only important question is whether the word is a help or a hindrance in enabling you to experience That toward which it points. Does it point beyond itself to that transcendental reality, or does it lend itself too easily to becoming no more than an idea in your head that you believe in, a mental idol?”

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“Those who have not found their true wealth, which is the radiant joy of Being and the deep, unshakable peace that comes with it, are beggars, even if they have great material wealth. They are looking outside for scraps of pleasure or fulfillment, for validation, security, or love, while they have a treasure within that not only includes all those things but is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.”

Eckhart Tolle

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- pic from “Raiders of the Lost Ark“.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

Southern California, Northern California, Mission ViejoIrvineLos AngelesSan FranciscoMarinSan JoseSan Juan CapistranoSanta AnaPalm SpringsLong Beach

re-blogged from: A Mental Idol – words to meditate on from Eckhart Tolle.

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