One Way

"One Love, One Heart
Let's Get Together and Feel Alright"
~ Bob Marley

“She always gets her way, says the boy of his younger sister.” “I did it my way,” sings Frank Sinatra (and my brother Brooks) with seeming complete conviction. “I don’t know which way is up!” “Show me the way to go home, I’m tired and I wanna go to bed.” Thousands of songs and sound bites about finding our way, letting our old ways go, “knowing how way leads onto way….”
Poets write about it, singers sing about it, artists depict it. Humans stubbornly stumble around trying to find it.

Spiritual masters offer to show us… In not so many words, and many different tongues, they all say:
‘Emulate my compassion, my truth, my forgiveness. Serve God, neighbor, and Self in equal order. My way- The Way- is the way of love.’ ‘Follow me, and we can get together and feel alright.’

Krishna: “Those who find the Way are those who have love and forgiveness in their hearts. (The Bhagavad Gita)

Lao Tzu: “If you seek the way through learning , you will not understand it. If you seek the Way with a humble heart, then you will find it.” (The Tao)

Buddha: “No one can understand the Way unless they have pure hearts.” (The Dhammapada)

Jesus: “I AM the way, the truth and the light.” (John/New Testament)


The Practice:

Which way are you pointing right now? What is your true north? And who or what is helping you get there? (Surely you are not trying this alone or unguided?!) Are you on course, or is your way leading onto way and pulling you farther a-way, from this way of which the masters speak? Trying sitting with this notion for a bit today. See what you see.

The Musical:

Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die
Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die
It takes a lot to change a man
Hell, it takes a lot to try
Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die

Nobody knows what waits for the dead
Nobody knows what waits for the dead
Some folks just believe in the things they’ve heard
And the things they read
Nobody knows what awaits for the dead

I’m glad I can’t go back to where I came from
I’m glad those days are gone, gone for good
But if I could take spirits from my past and bring’ ’em here
You know I would, you know I would

Nobody speaks to God these days
Nobody speaks to God these days
I’d like to think he’s looking down and laughing at our ways
Nobody speaks to God these days

When I was a child they tried to fool me
Said the worldly man was lost and that the hell was real
Well, I’ve seen hell in Reno
And this world’s one big ol’ Catherine wheel
Spinnin’ still

Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die
Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die
It takes a lot to change your plans
And a train to change your mind
Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die
Oh, maybe it’s time to let the old ways die

~ Bradley Cooper

more info:  www.40daysofpeace.com. inquiries/reflections: info@40daysofpeace.comjournaling encouraged; personal favorite- the old ‘composition notebook’ , a good online option is 750words.com

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