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

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Two Forces

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love.
When we are afraid, we pull back from life.
When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance.”
                                                                                       John Lennon

when I live my life in fear I have two choices
to retreat or attack

fear does not allow me to engage
in a meaningful and peaceful way with life
or with other people

fear destroys life
it narrows it down to into infinite smallness
it roils the soul
breeding hate, then anger, then violence
spiritual and relational, if not physical

“all we need is love, love is all we need”

perhaps it seems naïve and foolish to say that
I guess that makes Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr naïve and foolish
and Jesus

it is not so much love as the fruits of love
love enables us to embrace, rather than reject
be open rather than close down
care about other, rather than just ourselves
build rather than tear down

love keeps us from doing terrible things
things that minimize, oppress, and abuse others
things that kill, the mind, the soul, the body

and moves us to do beautiful things
to move beyond, and even surprise, ourselves

as for me, I will chose love

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