I’ve been incommunicado for a couple of days, due to a road trip and a wonderful spiritual retreat at the Trout Lake Abbey in Southern Washington … a BEAUTIFUL, fully functioning organic farm and retreat center run by a Buddhist monk and a Druid priest … but open to all faiths. In talking with the wonderfully jolly and open monk over a meal, I found myself hearing from him the same things that I feel and believe … that there are “Awakened” people in all walks of life, and all different types of religion … or non-religion. I HIGHLY recommend this wonderful retreat for anyone who finds themselves in Washington state, or Oregon as it is near Portland.
Getting back into the swing of things … here is a quote reflecting what I have been meditating on for the past few days:
“Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”
– Nathaniel Hawthorne
We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!
There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.
By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.
In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.