We Share One Life, We Are One Life
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*I close my eyes..., Srosh Awar, Flickr
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There was a group of elderly gentlemen in Japan who would meet to exchange news and drink tea. One of their diversions was to search for costly varieties of tea and create new blends that would delight the palate.
When it was the turn of the oldest member of the group to entertain the others, he served tea with the greatest ceremony, measuring out the leaves from a golden container. Everyone had the highest praise for the tea and demanded to know by what particular combination he had arrived at this exquisite blend.
The old man smiled and said, "Gentlemen, the tea that you find so delightful is the one that is drunk by the peasants on my farm. The finest things in life are neither costly nor hard to find."
*Anthony de Mello. The Heart of the Enlightened
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Turning life and spiritual living into a difficulty, an arduous task, is a way we can seek to confirm a sense of worth or of superiority. Many of us, indeed most of us, have been trained to think the uncomplicated and less difficult cannot have as much or more value than the complicated and more difficult has. We tend to flee simplicity. We tend to distrust the easy. Enjoy the simple, learn to appreciate the beauty in the simple. Embrace the non-arduous. And why seek for an enlightenment, a salvation, a Love that has never said to you, "Seek me," but always, "I've never left, I'm always here"? How difficult can it be to accept what you already are given? How complicated must it be to say "Yes" to what already is placed in your hands?
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We are each a lovely, pure Rose, in the Garden of Grace.
The Sacred in Me bows to the Sacred in You