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Inspiration & Angels & Blades of Grass

Words Breathing In

May 28, 2017

Saying For Today: How blessed we are with memories of those, who like angels speaking to blades of grass, have spoken into us words of tender Love, simple words echoing through time untouched by time.


LOTUS OF THE HEART

Living in LOVE beyond Beliefs

We Share One Life, We Are One Life

Blades of Grass

Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, "Grow, grow."

*The Talmud

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

*Mother Teresa

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In the Christian Gospels, Jesus says to his followers, "Do not fear; I am with you." And prior, before he set out on his public Work, the Gospel has his Father saying, from the Heavens, "You are my beloved son. With you, I am well-pleased." The Talmud shares the wisdom of encouragement, as these Gospel passages do. We all have times of needing words of inspiration breathed into us by the kindness of another, do we not? Is any one of us beyond discouragement, doubt, or fearfulness? Have we, also, not known the joy of seeing the power of our words to lift another to the joy of Life again?

Recently, I was leaving work and my home to return to where I was born in an adjoining state. My dad had left the body, the call came about 3:30 AM, a Saturday morning. I called a dear administrator from my work, and had prior written her before I knew my dad had passed on and was planning to try to get to him before his passing. On both occasions her kind words, complimented by a kind heart, inspired me with an inner warmness ~ partly, for I knew the kind of person the words arose from: not all kind words warm. That was over two weeks ago. I went to my dad's home and, later, officiated his Celebration of Life service at his little country church building. Being there, some difficult matters were faced. I, at times, felt alone and afraid, as I seemed again to be in the role of being the strong one for others. During this whole trip, however, the person's words I returned to at times, and each time I sensed a gratitude and assurance. When leaving to return to my home, again the encouraging kindnesses arose, and again when getting back this has arisen many times. The aroma of her simple gestures of assurance linger like a wafting scent over the days of adjusting to life without my dad. I remain grateful. Likely, she never anticipated the inspiration her words and heart of gracefulness would clothe my life with during a challenging and uncertain transition ~ as they still do, even as I write now.

While the word encouragement is central to what I am writing of today, another word resonates strongly. Have you ever needed an inbreath, and felt the relief that an inhale means to your whole body? So encouraging words, as if one is breathing into one's being life, that say, "All is well, and I am here with you, and for you." How blessed we are with memories of those, who like angels speaking to blades of grass, have spoken into us words of tender Love, simple words echoing through time untouched by time.

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Words can travel thousands of miles. May my words create mutual understanding and love. May they be as beautiful as gems, as lovely as flowers.

*Thich Nhat Hanh

Together

©Brian Kenneth Wilcox 2017. Brian is a Hospice Chaplain, living out his vow to serve all living beings by serving those preparing to die and their friends and family. Brian lives a vowed life, alone in a quasi-hermitic life, and integrates varied religions, but most especially the contemplative paths of Buddhism and his native faith, Christianity. Brian received a 'mystical' Christ-experience at age 9, and was introduced to a peace untouched by pain and suffering. Later, in his mid-30s, after surviving a dark night of despair, Brian was vowed to a contemplative Christian way of life on St. Matthew's Feast day, 1995, by Greenbough House of Prayer, in Georgia, USA. This began many years of ardent reading, spiritual practice, and exploration of many spiritual paths, including publication of his book An Ache for Union: Poems on Oneness with God through Love. The Journey has led Brian to the joy beyond the ache, a contentment in experiential union with Grace. Brian lives with the affirmation that Love, not as emotion but Divine Presence, transcends all paths of religion and is our Source and Destination. As St. Paul writes in the Christian Bible, "Now remain always, faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love." Peace to All!

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