A friend reached out this a.m. after reading St Therese’s prayer. She has lost both her parents in the last few months. We chatted a bit about grief and asking for strength. She commented she wasn’t sure who she was talking to in her head, but that traditional beliefs did not have a presence in her life right now.
Completely understandable, we don’t feel very spirited in the wilderness.
It got me to thinking…
Faith. Does it matter what you are having faith in, or just that you are choosing to believe?
And which feels better right now– to project hope into a future positive possibility or to fear the worst?
Faith is seeing possibilities, not just problems. (What is a problem solver anyway? I think it’s just someone that believes in possible solutions.)
“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
Robert F Kennedy
ripples of hope
Are you overwhelmed thinking about all you have on your plate, all you have to do, all your worries? Well here’s a counter intuitive thought: focus your energy on somebody else. Miraculously your worries and woes will become diminished when you shift your attention and spend time focusing on another.
Chances are you are burned out on you, which is precisely why you need to get outside yourself. It’s a double positive- you replace your ruminations with good energy towards others, and everyone feels great. It generates a ripple effect inside and out.
As Gandhi said,
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
A Metta Meditation:
First for you, then for a neutral person, then someone you love, ultimately out to someone you don’t care for/the greater good.
‘Healthy’ and ‘happy’ may seem strange and even slightly tone deaf to include as we pray for those in distress Here’s the thinking, simplified- “free of physical suffering” is often translated as healthy. And “free of mental suffering” is often translated as being happy. Cured of the external influence is not as much the intention as freedom from internalized pain and suffering.
I like to repeat it nine times for each person, often done while walking and conversationally to however-you-name-your-higher power: God, Spirit, the Universe, your Self, Jesus, Buddha, Krishna…or the whole varsity team!
May I be Happy,
May I be Healthy,
May I be Holy,
May I be Safe,
May I Be Peaceful and at Ease.
May They be Happy,
May They be Healthy,
May They be Holy,
May They be Safe,
May They Be Peaceful and at Ease.
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