Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Compassion and Unconditional Love

If we make our goal to live a life of
compassion and unconditional love,
then the world will indeed become a garden
where all kinds of flowers can bloom and grow.

~ Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross

Of Note: Just today in my studies on the three states of spiritual feeling, compassion was defined as "the antithesis of passion, which is selfish and grasping." The other two states were tenderness, otherwise known as mercy, "the antithesis of self-centeredness, which is always hard and self-absorbed" and dispassion, "the antithesis of desire." The promise is made that if these three states were entered into, we would be in touch with the souls of all men. The kicker here is that we will never truly know these states until we each know our own souls. How does this happen? By acting As If we are compassionate, merciful and dispassionate. If we are successful, one day we will have become these three states and will not be play-acting, and the world will be better for it.

Today's Weather Report: Just another cloudy day in the 20's Fahrenheit. A typical winter scene. Nothing to write home about but who cares. We are just glad to be alive here at Mt. St. Mossback Monastery (my tongue-in-cheek name for the homestead here.) The election in Massachusetts today may change the way any action on health care moves forward. Polls are showing that the electorate is not happy with the way the process has gone so far. But pollsters are saying this is more of a general message to Washington about spending, health care, climate change and other policy matters that have been taken up this past year by the new administration.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very beautiful picture!!
Insightful and helpful quotation!!