January being a month of “resolutions” and “planning” I felt it appropriate to “Love” my “neighbors”, by reminding them not to get caught up in what “they” (whoever they are) are doing & loose sight of who You are as an individual. Or maybe you already have and the New Year’s resolution should be get to ” Know Thyself”.
Start by asking yourself: 1. Who am ” I “? Not who was I, who does my mate or family expect me to be, or who society says I should be? But, Who are YOU? 2. Do you Love and Respect yourself? In all walks of Life/Faiths we are called to Love Ourselves: Mark 12:30-31 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[a] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] There are no commandments greater than these.” From Hadith 13 “Love for your Brother, what you love for yourself” As stated in Judaism, when Jesus said, “love thy neighbor as thyself,” he was merely quoting Torah: Leviticus 19:34: “Love [the stranger] as thyself “. When searching Hinduism take on this I found Michael Jordon’s testimony views on this site which say it all: http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/Conversations-with-self-Learn-to-love-yourself/article15777862.ece As you see the foundations of ALL mankind flow at it’s best from God’s Word (in all it’s various forms) and the Word Works when You work it. We Are an interfaith world, we Each have a part to fulfill in the garden here on Earth, and we CAN COEXIST ” IF ” we allow LOVE to drive our daily choices. It is man’s lack of operating in Love that brings division and a House Divided can Not stand. 3.ask yourself What am I passionate about? Have you even really looked at that? Are you walking in your passions? If not, think about it and seek what is out there that you can most utilize your passion to the good and GO For IT! And when I say “Go for It” I am not saying seek and find out how “they” say do it but, do it in such a way that Your Spirit and Soul rejoice in your living and doing the things you LOVE. Where when applying your gifts and talents it is an enhancement to those you are interacting with…where when you work Together it brings a more hybrid abundant harvest. It is the only way you and your neighbors will reap the Best benefits of the harvest. 4. Let go of the Past ! Who you were and what you did in the Past is just that…the Past. Being creations of Spirit and Earth our minds and bodies operate like the seasons in Time. The old is meant to pass away allowing new life and Growth as we move into the next Season. That does not mean to be a blind follower of trends…it means You as an individual should be going thru your own growth cycles as You Become who you were designed to BE in Mind, Body, and Spirit. In this, you serve Your Purpose in this Life, a purpose worth mention, a purpose when lived brings you and others from darkness into the light…when you walk in this LOVE in all you do, a Change to the good does happen. When you walk in the Love quoted in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Joy comes with each new day & even your tribulations can and will work to the Good. If you feel you are a mess, I can testify your mess Will become a message. Trust in what LOVE Can and Will accomplish within your inner garden and in the outer garden of Earth. Remember this: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” As we move forward in 2017, I pray these words tap your spirit into “Being All you can BE” & that you Think on these things I have said and LIVE LIFE in LOVE not in the judgment and harshness of what we are seeing so much of in the world today. Do your part to heal and bring the Oneness of God’s Plan to pass on Earth as it is in Heaven. As you cultivate your being, I share these wise words to plant in the garden of your mind: Phillipians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Wise words from Islam are to direct the act reflection (tafakkur), or deep thought, towards the signs of Allah, the names and attributes of Allah, to his blessings and wonders, to hope in the Hereafter, and to optimism. By controlling our thought processes in a positive manner, we can increase the effectiveness of our prayers and worship as well as relieve ourselves from the anger, depression, and anxieties that worldly thoughts induce.” In Buddhism it is said: We usually see altruism, concern for others before oneself, as being the opposite of selfishness, concern for oneself before others. Buddhism does not see it as either one or the other but rather as a blending of the two. Genuine self-concern will gradually mature into concern for others as one sees that others are really the same as oneself. This is genuine compassion and it is the most beautiful jewel in the crown of the Buddha’s teaching. Last but not least, I sign off with the words of one of my fav gurus OSHO: ” You have to be so loving that your love transforms the other, to such an extent that you can say the other is not hell. You have to be very articulate, (know and think before you speak) be very understanding. Walking in Love, It is one of the greatest experiments in life. There is no other experiment which is bigger. You have to love in such a way that slowly, slowly it changes the other person, and the other person starts dropping the effort to dominate, the effort to manipulate. It all depends on your love.
SHALOM to ALL : Commonly translated as “peace” and used as both a greeting and farewell, shalom has rich meaning in Hebrew. “Peace” is an accurate translation of the term, but shalom implies more than lack of conflict. According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, shalom means “completeness, soundness, welfare, peace.” It is translated “success” and used as part of an inspired blessing in 1 Chronicles 12:18. Shalom is applicable to an external peace between two entities—such as individuals or nations—and to an internal sense of peace within the individual.