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nothing more divine

As I get ready for sunday morning meditation, sweeping the floor, straightening cushions, refreshing the flowers, and setting out tea cups, my focus is on Now. Personal worries naturally make room as I shift my intention to serving others. In a story, the student approaches his teacher, saying , “I feel so discouraged; what should I do?” The teacher pauses and then replies, “go and encourage others.”

In eternity there is indeed something true and sublime. But all these times and places and occasions are now and here. God himself culminates in the present moment, and will never be more divine in the lapse of all the ages.

~ Henry David Thoreau Walden.

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  1. david whyte: “the antidote to fatigue is wholeheartedness”

    a reminder for me to be in service to myself –

    may you be well p…

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  2. I’ll be honest… I’ve never been very good at serving others (as in a volunteer capacity). I try to serve by being open; by being willing to listen. But….

    Sigh. At my yearly retreat with my spiritual teacher, we’re asked to do seva (selfless service) as part of our stay. I have signed up and missed my assignments completely.

    At last year’s retreat, I did a LOT of seva, lol. Kind of to make up for it all… Some of it was not only fun, but fulfilling. And yet, I’m still not attracted to seva as much as I would like.

    I guess I’ll just play it by ear… trust I’m exactly where I need to be. Trust that I’m on the right track in spite of myself.

    Wishing you well, monkeymind!

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