Morning Meditation, April 17, 2020 This morning we explore our ability to connect with joy, with readings from Rabindranath Tagore and Jack Kornfield.
From Sadhana: The Realisation of Life, by Rabindranath Tagore
Joy is everywhere; it is in the earth’s green covering of grass: in the blue serenity of the sky; in the reckless exuberance of spring; in the severe abstinence of grey winter; in the living flesh that animates our bodily frame; in the perfect poise of the human figure, noble and upright; in living in the exercise of all our powers; in the acquisition of knowledge. . . Joy is there everywhere.
And from Jack Kornfield:
When you learn to navigate your difficulties with compassion and grace, you will also discover that joy will return.
No matter what you have faced, joy and renewal wait your return. When you remember, you can open your eyes to the mystery of life around you. Sense the blessings of the earth in the perfect arc of a ripe tangerine, the taste of warm, fresh bread, the circling flight of birds, the lavender color of the sky shining in a late afternoon rain puddle, the million times we pass other beings, in our cars and shops and out among the trees without crashing, conflict, or harm.
The world offers perennial renewal, in the grass that pushes itself up between the cracks in the sidewalk, in the end of every torrential rainstorm and in every newly planted window box, in every unexpected revolution, with each new morning’s light. This unstoppable spirit of renewal is in you. Trust it. Learn that it flows through you and all of life. The ultimate gift of our suffering is to teach us how to properly grieve, heal, and learn compassion. But finally we come to the realization that in any moment we can step out of the body of fear and feel the great winds that carry us, to awaken to the eternal present.
Morning Meditation, April 16, 2020 Our focus this morning is peace. Please enjoy the meditation, and our readings for the day.
From Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
Don’t look for peace. Don’t look for any other state than the one you are in now; otherwise, you will set up inner conflict and unconscious resistance. Forgive yourself for not being at peace. The moment you completely accept your non-peace, your non-peace becomes transmuted into peace. Anything you accept fully will get you there, will take you into peace. This is the miracle of surrender.
And from the Islamic tradition, a prayer for peace:
In the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful. Praise be to the Lord of the Universe who has created us and made us into tribes and nations, that we may know each other, not that we may despise each other.
If the enemy incline towards peace, do thou also incline towards peace, and trust in God, for the Lord is the one that heareth and knoweth all things.
And the servants of God, Most Gracious are those who walk on the earth in humility, and when we address them, we say, “Peace.”
Morning Meditation, April 15, 2020
Join us for Rev. Chris Kell’s guided meditation on handling fear and anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic. She bases her meditation on the work of well-known meditation teacher Tara Brach.
Our first reading today is from Alden Solovy, called “Healing”
This is the season of healing: Of healing our hearts and minds, Of healing the moments we share with each other And the moments we share with ourselves.
This is the season of memory: Of remembering our parents and grandparents, The love of generations, The holiness of our ancestors.
This is the season of stillness, The season of silence and quiet: Of deep breaths, Of open eyes, Of compassion and consolation.
This is the season of healing: The season of grief turning to wonder, Of loss turning toward hope, The season that binds this year to the next, The season that frees this year from the next, The season that heralds the redemption of spirit And our return to God’s Holy Word.
Our second reading is from Miriam Greenspan, Healing Through the Dark Emotions:
We each have something to contribute to the global healing process, a particular gift or vision, skill or song. Individual healing has a lot to do with finding this gift and using it for the world’s sake, finding our song and singing it out. … When we find a way to manifest our gift and give it to the world, no matter how small or large it may seem, we are made whole.
Morning Meditation, April 11, 2020
Today is Holy Saturday as well as Passover – both journeys of waiting, transformation, and ultimate liberation. Enjoy this meditation on our own journeys of transformation.