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    Spiritual practice: Watch “I” and “We” Arise and Dissolve

    Sunday, January 27, 2013, 4:48 PM [General]

    Like waves of the ocean appear and dissolve back into the ocean so does our sense of self and our sense our experience of "we," a way of referring to a group of people of whom I am one.


    When you are in a group of people, look around at each member of the group.  What does it feel like to be “we” with this group?  After you depart from the group, pause to ask, “What happened to the “we”?

    At a solitary moment, become aware of your “I.”  What are you aware of?  Sometime later become aware of your “I” again.  Are you aware of different things.  What happened to the “I” in these two different experiences?

    Peace and Blessings!

    Bob

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    Prayer for MLK Day

    Monday, January 21, 2013, 2:22 PM [General]

    I'm giving this benediction, in which I have used quotations from Martin Luther King,, Jr, at a commemorative event for MLK Day:

    We mark time by significant events. We mark changes in our lives by the memory of people who shape us.

    Today we gather in Your presence, Eternal One, to remember a significant person who has shaped our lives, the life of the nation, and in deed the life of the world.

    Dr. King reminded us that “Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

    As we take steps toward justice, let us live in the faith that “unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.”

    As we step toward justice, remind us that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

    As we step toward justice, let us take up the strategy of nonviolence which “is a powerful and just weapon … [It] cuts without wounding and ennobles the [one] who wields it. It is a sword that heals.”

    As we step toward justice, let us move grounded in “the center of non-violence [where] stands the principle of love,” “[which] is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”

    As we step toward justice, let our hearts beat with the knowledge that “The time is always right to do what is right.”

    Now as we go from this place to step toward justice, we commit ourselves to “walk in the light of creative altruism rather than in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” We go in the power of Your eternal truth. Amen.

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    Spiritual practice: Mindfully drink a glass of water

    Sunday, January 20, 2013, 5:01 PM [General]

    The Buddha said of himself and his followers: “We walk, sit and eat.”  A confused outsider said: “But so do I.” The Buddha answered him: “Yes, but when we walk, we know that we walk, and when we sit we know that we sit, and when we eat we know that we eat.”

    For this week, practice drinking water with “Buddhist mindfulness.”   Have you transformed your glass of water into a spiritual experience?

    Peace and Blessings!

    Bob

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    Spiritual Practice: Say "Thank you"

    Sunday, January 13, 2013, 5:30 PM [General]

    If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.  
    --
    Meister Eckhart

    During this week, pay attention to every time you say “Thank you.”  Remind yourself each time that you are saying a prayer.  You may be surprised that the number of times you say “Thank you” might increase.

    Peace and Blessings!

    Bob

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    Spiritual Practice: Look at the stars

    Sunday, January 6, 2013, 5:06 PM [General]

    On a clear night look at the stars and dream.  See if you agree with Vincent Van Gogh, “For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”

    Peace and Blessings!
    Bob 

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