DISCERNMENT – I am discerning.

August 30th -

Alone, or rather believing that we are alone, we are unable to make consistently good decisions. Perception is too often colored by the past, so it is difficult to recognize what is going on. The physical senses don’t help us here because they also are tied to past events. Surrendering the ego’s “know it all” attitude we can access a “knowing” that is greater than our individual opinion. That surrender also opens our minds to what others say. Anytime we collectively surrender our individual agenda we become more able the make decisions that are for the common welfare. The ability to judge well comes from not trusting the ego’s judgement and allowing answers to arise naturally from within. So, good judgement comes from neutral perception coupled with the desire to see correctly. We obtain proper direction from spirit when empathy, compassion and understanding come together in love.

INFORMED – I am informed.

August 29th -

God speaks to us through others and to others through us. God expresses through life itself and through all the creatures that are a part of that life. Today, as we relax into the presence of God we focus on how that presence extends out from us in all directions. We realize that we are not the author of this power but rather one of creatures. All the people around us are also creations of God.  If we listen closely we can hear God speaking through them. It is not necessary that their words themselves be inspiring, although they may be. To hear God, all we should do is to release our judgments. If we relinquish all comparisons and be still, we will know that “I am God.” The “I am” is always speaking soft words of love, they may lie hidden within the complaints of others but they are there.

MISSION – I am on a mission.

August 28th -

 We each have a function to perform. Wherever we find ourselves, whoever we find ourselves with we have a purpose. Something to do, some gift to give… wherever, whenever we are. Our job here is to be helpful and as we have read: “truly helpful.” Being truly helpful means being attuned to and operating out of Goodwill. God wills only good, which is the best for everyone. It is up to us to facilitate that good. Sometimes we may be unsure about what specifically we are to do. What can we do, how can we know what is right and when it is right to do it? Well, we can stop worrying and just get quiet and ask for guidance. Guidance will come. It will become apparent what course of action to take and when to take it.

PREDICT – I am expectant.

August 21st -

We can predict good outcomes. Let us look to our assumptions; it is easy to fall into negative conjecture. We can become locked into cycles negative outlook. Today,we can take advantage of our awakening hearts and assume that love will happen. Love is happening and will happen. We can pre-suppose that no matter what the situation seems to be that there is a good outcome available. This is not conjecture, but rather the supposition that Goodwill is always present and available to our choosing. More than hope, this outlook is a faith in the presence of the common welfare. Unity is our shared refuge, it is always there waiting for us to notice and participate. The Ground of All Being is the field of infinite possibility and it is always ready to deliver that which we expect. Our choice for good, will deliver good. This is not to say that there won’t be experience that does not seem good; rather that we should remain firm in the faith that good will always be available. Good is always in the present moment when we practice awareness with acceptance. Peace and equanimity will continue to be good outcomes.

EXHILERATED – I am thrilled with life.

August 20th -

Holding our attention on the present moment, we connect with life. Today let us attempt to feel the thrill of just being alive. We can cultivate our curiosity about what is happening right now. Develop a sense of not knowing; a feeling of anticipation of what exciting thing is going to happen next. We are poised on the brink of some great happening right now. This great happening could be just a pleasant encounter with an acquaintance, a reunion with a long lost friend, regenerating a great old passion or falling headlong in love with some new person. Let us get at least a little bit fired up considering all of the wonderful prospects. Participate in the excitement. Don’t get intoxicated but do enjoy all the happiness you can generate. All of this exhilaration will actually power us through the day, moving from one task to the next, joyfully anticipating the next great happening.

EBULLIENT – I am cheerful in my purpose.

August 19th -

Our purpose and our abundance cannot be separated. Our purpose is indeed our happiness. When we forget that the two are really one, we cheat ourselves and others. Ignorance is no excuse, because in this context it just means that we are ignoring the pull of purpose, we are mindlessly dallying with meager substitutes for fulfillment. If we fool ourselves into accepting the false comfort of fantasy or some other escape, we will never find happiness. We really do have a job to do, a job that is not a burden but rather a privilege and a joy. We have a vocation that will deliver ebullience and great pleasure. The specifics of this vocation will be found in our individual meditation and exploration, but in general we are built for service. We revel in being helpful. Our purpose is to create and in the creating find great satisfaction. So take cheer, go forth and give.

FORM – I am forming my life.

August 18th -

Everything we do adds to the form of our lives. From the formless of the mind into the form of the material world all of our thoughts contribute to the quality of life. Being (God, Dharma, Life) has invested us with various attributes that can benefit those around us. Our work and play can be creative activities that hone our skills and also deliver the fruit of our labor to ourselves and others. Let us establish ourselves firmly in the principles of love, extending ourselves into our activities in the most beneficial way. Abundance and prosperity come directly from sharing our good gifts with those around us. Today let us inaugurate a new, sharper focus on being creative. Let us practice our arts to the point that they become an integral part of our very constitution.

BRIGHT – I am bright.

August 17th -

The light of Buddha nature shines in and through us. This essence of us that is greater than the small self, the ego identity, the personality… this is the real Self. We cultivate our awareness of our true nature by extending love and service into all that we do. This, of course, is our perfect self which is an ideal that we probably won’t maintain for any extended period. We can, however, experience moments of perfection in our practice and with that practice extend those moments. When we give ourselves to this light we take on the holy shine of it. Brilliance reflects from us whether we are sitting quietly or working diligently. Clear in our thoughts and our words, this love flows out from us in a dazzling display. This is the practical enlightenment that helps bring us all into glow of our common Buddhahood.

FAMILY – I am one with society.

August 16th -

From time to time we may be disappointed in our society. We can easily find reasons to judge and hold grievances. We would do well to remember that our society is really just a symbol for the larger Organism that we are all a part of. If we see flaws in our community, we should examine the shortcomings in ourselves and work for change there first. This is not to say that we shouldn’t comment on societal failings, just that we should try to correct ourselves first. Let us try to develop a sense of comradery with our fellows. Remembering that people everywhere are all in the family. With the intention to be helpful, we examine our associations and look for where we can best serve. Loving kindness, compassion, understanding will come forth from us as we accept those around us as being more like us than different from us. We are one with society and all life everywhere.

INTEREST – I am interested.

August 15th -

Today we look with interest at the life we are living in this moment. We focus our curiosity on each phenomenon as it arises. We wake up to the connectedness of being, seeing clearly that we are not captive of the ego. Many interesting things will happen today, we should examine each one closely, neither grasping nor avoiding. We are eager to extend love and compassion in each interaction. Keen to experience the moment there arises a freshness all around us, even the familiar takes on new appeal. Avid in our pursuit of proper service we are rewarded with the very gifts we give. We are not wild-eyed zealots but we are becoming ardent lovers of life.