Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and attend them all! Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
Welcome difficulty. Learn the alchemy True Human Beings know: the moment you accept what troubles you've been given, the door opens.
Welcome difficulty as a familiar comrade. Joke with torment brought by the Friend.
Sorrows are the rags of old clothes and jackets that serve to cover, and then are taken off.
That undressing, and the beautiful naked body underneath, is the sweetness that comes after grief.
The Illuminated Rumi
Today I woke to the early morning sounds of the birds chirping in the trees behind my bedroom window. And I recalled the deep abiding sense of gratitude and blissful contentment to have seen my father's face, felt his gentle and loving embrace, and how all seemed right with the world during his visit for the Thanksgiving holiday. I want to share that wonderful feeling of peace and contentment with you and pass it along on the wings of the birds. Whenever you see or imagine flocks of birds flying around in the sky, close your eyes and feel the loving embrace.
When you are ready, send out whatever energy you use to everyone else in our share. The energy will flow around the globe as we extend the boost to embrace each other. Giving a hug seemed especially important today for the folks here in Malibu, California who have been left homeless by another devastating fire.
Let us extend a hug also to a couple of new friends to the share, Y.Nowshad who hails from India and Madhurima who lives in Fremont, California. Welcome, dear friends!
Read and enjoy the previous posts of the week. Thank You for all the good that you do.
Enjoy every moment and live the passionate life you intend it to be.
Namaste (I honor the place in you which is of Love, of Truth, of Light and of Peace),
1. Lydia Smith-Lenardson, Moreno Valley, California, USA 2. Lynn Wilson, Manchester, England, UK 3. Judy Oliver, Silver Spring, MD, USA 4. Joan Anderson, Washington, District of Columbia, USA 5. Lena Goon, Alberta, Canada 6. Mari Hayama, Berkeley, California, USA 7. Veronica Hansen, Sarina, Queensland, Australia 8. Mirjam Kik, Tonge, The Netherlands 9. Andy Cooper, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China 10. Sheryl Morris, Calgary, Alberta, Canada 11. Andy Yantha, Calgary, Alberta, Canada 12. , Omaha, Nebraska, USA 13. Joseph Bennett, Ventura, California, USA 14. Steve and Karen Edwards, Gunnislake, Cornwall, England 15. Rev. Patricia Lusher, Berlin, Vermont, USA 16. Patricia Blundon, Pembroke,Ontario 17. Violet Moreau, Pembroke,Ontario 18. Brian Yeates, Dublin, Ireland 19. Dunni Olasehan, Lagos, Nigeria 20. Austin Ndego, Lagos, Nigeria 21. Gurjinder Strom, Miami, Florida, USA 22. Natasha Adair, Olney Springs, Colorado, USA 23. Amy Manuel, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 24. Janet Kinge, Basingstoke, UK 25. Janet Henningsen, Indialantic, Florida, USA 26. Sister Mary Mebane, Santa Maria, California, USA 27. Denise Matthews, Nottinghamshire, UK 28. Meelah Rasheed, Columbia, South Carolina, USA 29. Chandra Madrona, Tacoma, WA, USA 30. Eve Hale, Hampshire, England, UK 31. Sandy Kolman, Belleville, Illinois, USA 32. Hilary Bisaillon, Yorktown, Virginia, USA 33. Heidi Fruhling, Ft. Collins, Colorado, USA 34. Maree Rogers, Hastings, Westernport Bay, Australia 35. Carol Gent, Lancashire, England, UK 36. Matthew Leonard, Lodi, New Jersey, USA 37. Moira Congreve, England, UK 38. Silvia Weisz, Melbourne, Australia 39. Grant Luckey, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA 40. Les Tenold, Sandy Springs, Georgia- Fulton, USA 41. Tiffany Wardle Croydon, Surrey, England, UK 42. Y.Nowshad, Kollam Kerala,India 43. Madhurima Bhatnagar, Fremont, California, USA