Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Do No Harm

we gathered in the church basement
a motley crew
about life
and God
about ourselves
the topic for the day
ethical living
the key phrase from our book
"do no harm"
sounds easy
so hard to do!
why is it so difficult to go through life
without doing harm 
to others
even to one's self?
sometimes because we are not in touch with ourselves
we do not see ourselves clearly
or understand our motivations clearly
sometimes because we do not see others clearly
we do not understand them
or their needs
their wounds
we are 
but also because we do not understand
our mutuality
that we are in this together
I am learning
sometimes the hard way
that the sacred in me needs to see and honor
the sacred in the other (namaste)
that my deepest Self
is the same Self that is in all others
as the Buddha said
"See yourself in others
Then whom can you hurt?
What harm can you do? "

Lord this day
may I find Your presence
and may I find myself in you
then in the space created by Your presence
and outrageous love
may my body be healed
may my mind be healed
may my heart be healed
may my soul be healed
Lord may I find myself in You
and in the finding
gain peace
the capacity to see You in each one I meet
See me
in each one I meet
do no harm

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