Pain

Less desire means less pain — Buddhist Wisdom
 

Not being a follower I am not sure about the above quote’s meaning. Maybe my Eastern spiritualists friends can help me here. My reaction is probably wrong.
My daughter asked me the other day if I ever had a broken heart. It is not a question I wanted to answer in front of her mother so I deflected it by saying, “I am sure your mother broke a lot of hearts in her day.”
I do know without answering her question that I wouldn’t forgo the pain of my broken hearts I had if I could. There is something wonderful about the passion and vulnerability that gives rise to the ultimate broken heart. To love that intensely means you are alive, and to experience pain is proof that you loved and lived.
We all experience pain from loss, and when we do, we need to remind ourselves that the intensity of the pain we feel is simply a mirror image of the love we once had and can have again. To my mind, desire and lust don’t come close to the wonders of true love.

Next Generation

 

We are charged with the responsibility, each in our generation, to work for the continuation of life. — Traditional Council of Elders
Perhaps, as a society we have fallen short of our responsibility to educate the next generations that follow us how to live in harmony and to understand why certain laws exist. Have we left both the environment and the condition of all God’s creatures better off than the generation before us? It is not too late, but we need to ask ourselves, “What are we teaching the next generation?”
It is not just the other person’s responsibility, we are all individually accountable.

Merry-Go-Round

I thought when we got older things were supposed to slow down. Instead it seems that life and the world are spinning faster, not slower. It may be the product of all those time-saving devices we have all acquired.
I do know one thing — ceaseless activity is not part of God’s plan for any of us. We all need times of withdrawal for renewing our strength. Life is hard enough without a constant sense and feeling of being tired.
It is part of each of our calls, to on occasion rest before God.

Two Worlds

 

When the death star in the original Star Wars destroys an entire planet, Obi Wan says that he felt a huge disturbance in the force.
The force in Star Wars is described as “an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.”
There are times I believe in such a force created by God. I do believe that in some mysterious way we are part of everything, and that everything is a part of us.
Our senses, no matter how keen, are limited. Our vision, hearing, sense of touch, smell, and taste can take us only so far. The Arapahoe call this the “Seen World” but believe there is also an “unseen world.” It is in this “unseen world” we experience life’s mysteries. If we pay attention to the unseen world as well as the seen world we experience a new and wonderful reality. It is in this new world that we realize that we are part of everything, and everything is a part of us.