my prayer for humanity…
my prayer for humanity…
like we used to say in the 60’s
when we were
“Black & Proud!”
KEEP THE FAITH!
KEEP THE FAITH!
Whenever I feel down, defeated, overcome and depressed, all I have to do is look at these photos! Two friends and I attended a “sweat” this past Saturday at the New Dawn Foundation in New Rochelle, NY; and as we mounted the entrance steps what greeted us but a message from Mother Nature about never giving up…about how the seemingly impossible can and does occur. Not only did this brave little warrior of a plant coming up from a crack in the wall not give up its quest to reach the light from its home deep in the darkness below concrete steps, it had the bodacious audacity to blossom in its victory! I was caught without my camera but my friend, Patricia Bolivar, came to the rescue with her smart phone! Does this photo not lift your heart?
Another day of
sitting here in my favorite spot…
watching the river flow.
Effortlessly pressing forward
despite the disturbance
less than two minutes ago
three water scooters racing
along its surface.
had the river not been disturbed by those scooters,
wouldn’t it now be calm? At peace?
Its movement imperceptible to my eyes?
Is what I perceive as a disturbance—
as a negative occurrence–
in truth–neither good nor bad—
as regards the life of the river?
The boys have had their fun
and the river, now adjusting to the “disturbance”
is slowly falling back into equilibrium…
into its natural rhythm.
The “disturbance” has not in the least
veered the river from its steady course or
made it different from what it is.
And so, I take a lesson this day from the river
and allow every person, event, experience, emotion and
to pass through me as easily
as those boys passed through the river below…
leaving it ultimately untouched, undisturbed
and pressing ever forward
in an unobstructed flow
towards its destiny.
As I sit here daily
“altared” at my altar
I am discovering that there is, indeed, Something here in my heart
that responds to me intelligently and oh, so lovingly
as I push valiantly along this path of no signs.
I have HELPERS as real as you and I…
whose words of wisdom and truth
keep me faith-filled and grounded:
God is in charge.
The only sane choice ever…in all matters…is to wait for God to act first.
Keep your focus off of that which you desire.
Turn your attention ever-inward to the Christ Indwelling…
to that “Place” within from which True Life and all Being unfolds.
Remember–you are only a vessel…an instrument…
the vehicle and not the driver…the clay and not the sculptor.
In this endlessly unfolding human drama…
you are neither playwright nor director…
you are merely an actor…and a bit part player, at that.
When you can be perfectly at peace with these Truths of your being…
when you are able to “chop wood and haul water” with joy and gratitude
for being so privileged as to be so used by the Creator…
then and only then will you experience peace beyond understanding and
“yeah, that kind of rich” abundance.
Remove your attention from the world of form and
keep it glued to the Power which underlies
all that you see.
I thank you, my Inner Teachers…Aspects of my Greater Self.
I pledge to You the same faithfulness and constancy that you show me
day by day, step by step as I move prayerfully and cautiously through this life.
And although I cannot see, touch or hear you with my physical senses
I know that You are indeed, with me always
in all ways.
I know beyond a shadow of doubt
that as I continue seeking the “kingdom” within…
all else shall be added unto me.
One of the things that makes life so thrilling and exciting
is that I know–that behind
every fear and unanswered question…
behind every dark, ominous cloud
no matter how bleak and threatening it may appear…
the sun shines brilliantly…
clouds are temporary…
with or without
releasing their cleansing waters…
but the sun–the sun is forever…
permanent…steady…never-failing…constant and consistent..
revealing gift after gift
to surprised and unsuspecting eyes…
replacing the hum-drum repetitive sameness
of an ego-driven existence
with the joy of
of one’s deepest
dreams and desires...
you will know when and how to respond
to what Life presents…
from the inside out…
without thought from
or judgement by…
sometimes my world is unbelievably bleak…
enveloped in darkness…
out of balance…off-kilter…
but yet…within the very darkness
the promise of light…