Thursday, September 3, 2020

September 3--Rich Opportunity

It is perfectly true, as philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition, that it must be lived forwards. 
--Soren Kierkegaard

    We learn from the past, let it go, and use it to expand our wisdom, i.e. live forward. That's a successful mode of living. 
    Speaking of philosophers, I share this from my daily meditation from the Center for Action and Contemplation:
The term “perennial philosophy”. . . refers to a fourfold realization: (1) there is only one Reality (call it, among other names, God, Mother, Tao, Allah, Dharmakaya, Brahman, or Great Spirit) that is the source and substance of all creation; (2) that while each of us is a manifestation of this Reality, most of us identify with something much smaller, that is, our culturally conditioned individual ego; (3) that this identification with the smaller self gives rise to needless anxiety, unnecessary suffering, and cross-cultural competition and violence; and (4) that peace, compassion, and justice naturally replace anxiety, needless suffering, competition, and violence when we realize our true nature as a manifestation of this singular Reality. The great sages and mystics of every civilization throughout human history have taught these truths in the language of their time and culture.  --Rabbi Rami Shapiro
    Let us recognize where we've come from, let us recognize who we truly are, and let us use this knowledge and the awakening of 2020 to live forward in peace, compassion and justice. This is the sacred calling of our time. 

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