Your Invitation

“For those who have come to grow,
the whole world is a garden.

For those who wish to remain in the dream,
the whole world is a stage.

For those who have come to learn,
the whole world is a university.

For those who have come to know God,
the whole world is a temple.”
~Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, a Sufi Mystic

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Your Invitation

Be The Change

*Adapted from Gandhi’s 10 Rules for Changing the World,an article by Henrik Edberg

CHANGE YOURSELF
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.”

YOU ARE IN CONTROL
“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”

FORGIVE AND LET IT GO
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”

WITHOUT ACTION YOU AREN’T GOING ANYWHERE
“An ounce of practice is worth moth than tons of preaching.”

TAKE CARE OF THIS MOMENT
“I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following.”

EVERYONE IS HUMAN
“I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.”

PERSIST
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

SEE THE GOOD IN PEOPLE AND HELP THEM
“I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others.”
“Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.”
“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.”

BE CONGRUENT, BE AUTHENTIC, BE YOUR TRUE SELF
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.”
“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”

CONTINUE TO GROW AND EVOLVE
“Constant development is the law of life and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position.”

http://www.dailygood.org/2008/05/15/top-10-tips-from-gandhi-s-words/

Be The Change

Human Family

Human Family
by Maya Angelou

I note the obvious differences
in the human family.
Some of us are serious,
some thrive on comedy.

Some declare their lives are lived
as true profundity,
and others claim they really live
the real reality.

The variety of our skin tones
can confuse, bemuse, delight,
brown and pink and beige and purple,
tan and blue and white.

I’ve sailed upon the seven seas
and stopped in every land,
I’ve seen the wonders of the world
not yet one common man.

I know ten thousand women
called Jane and Mary Jane,
but I’ve not seen any two
who really were the same.

Mirror twins are different
although their features jibe,
and lovers think quite different thoughts
while lying side by side.

We love and lose in China,
we weep on England’s moors,
and laugh and moan in Guinea,
and thrive on Spanish shores.

We seek success in Finland,
are born and die in Maine.
In minor ways we differ,
in major we’re the same.

I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

Illustration: “One Human Family” by Anita Dallard
*This post is courtesy of The Charter for Compassion

Human Family

Muslim Prayer for Peace

“In the name of God, 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.” – A Muslim Prayer for Peace

This morning I received a post quoting passages from the the Islamic Koran referring to the violent crushing of enemies. I was told that Islam is a religion of violence.

I offer blessings of hope, compassion and forgiveness to the writer.

I know that I can open the Jewish and Christian Bible and search for similar passages beseeching the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob to take my side, seek revenge with me, send plagues or insects or even put terror into the hearts of my enemies. I can also tell the story of Jesus throwing a temper tantrum in the Temple of Jerusalem in the face of the money changers.

Today, I remind myself that using any religions’ sacred texts to justify my fear, ignorance or intolerance…is wrong.

I recommit to coexistence. Blessings! Shalom! Namaste!

Muslim Prayer for Peace

There is No Right Way

Tolerance does not necessarily mean agreement…it does not mean judgment.
It doesn’t mean black or white or arguing to get you to agree with me.

Tolerance is gray. Tolerance listens to understand. Tolerance allows for many paths.
Tolerance is open and inviting.

“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

There is No Right Way

Coexist

When I read or hear too many self-righteous words quoted in the name of God. I ache that the visions and voices of religious people use their sacred texts to justify their fear, anger and hatred.
Words attributed to God manifesting as intolerance, exclusion and condemnation are unholy weapons of mass destruction murdering whole countries across our uncommon ground.

Brother to brother violence is evil.

Christians and Jews fight Muslims. Buddhists fight Muslims. Muslims fight Christians, Jews, Buddhists and Hindus.
Religion has become a problem. I am too often ashamed.

Today, I resolve again to coexist. I choose to condemn less and be more kind.
I’ll quote no verse of any sacred text to justify my biased subjective perspective or half truths too often inseparable from my ego.
I recommit to listening without rehearsing my response.
Today, I’m more of the solution and less the problem. I pray I am not alone.

“There will be no peace among the nations without peace among the religions and no peace among the religions without dialogue.” -Hans Kung

“Until there is peace between religions, there can be no peace in the world.” -Thich Nhat Hanh

Coexist