Courage and Compassion are two sides of the same coin. Compassion without courage is not genuine. You may have a compassionate thought or impulse, but if you don’t do or say anything, it’s not real compassion. ~ Daisaku Ikeda, Japanese Buddhist Philosopher
Our new theme for the month of May includes two vitally important parts of our spiritual practices during this time of the world’s “reset.” Of course, the word, “Courage” is derived from both the Latin and the French, “from the heart,” reminding us that bravery and the willingness to make personal changes and to extend ourselves to others goes beyond the intellect. “Compassion” means “feeling with,” implying our communal roots. When we resolve to step out of our comfort zones, we become empowered to make changes in our own lives and in the greater world.
“Energy flows where attention goes,” so we tap into an Infinite Resource when deciding to care with wisdom for ourselves and others. Rather than fearing or complaining about temporary conditions, we align ourselves with a Power greater than we are, yet right where we are, which stands ready and willing to flow through us with creative, intelligent activity. As we become a stand for fairness, we are motivated to say and do exactly the right thing at the right time, because we have invited Divine Wisdom to work through us for everyone’s betterment.
Developing confidence in ourselves begins with inviting God’s Presence and Power to work through us, dissolving any false belief that we must do anything alone or “by our own hand.” Let’s all remain open to this flow of dynamic caring for ourselves and for all the world. We are perfectly equipped, here and now, to do and to be that for which we are designed and to help to create A World That Works for All.
Rev. Mike and I are extremely grateful to our production people: Jeff Masino, Producer, Edie Janik, Projectionist, and Tina Richards, Moderator, as we continue live streaming our Sunday morning Celebrations from 10:30 to 11:30. This week’s topic is, “The Little Train That Could.” You may access the weekly live stream on Sunday mornings or watch past weeks, as well as the “Love Notes” that Rev. Mike and I film during the week from our living room . . . . along with Yoga-the-Wonder-Dog! Check out our new website at www.cslphilly.org
Do stay in touch with our Healing Ministry, especially during these unusual times. Our Practitioners are standing by to keep you lifted in prayer, and their information is available on our website. We are all working together to maintain our deep faith and to walk virtually hand-in hand until we are physically together again. In the meantime, please join us this Saturday at 6:30 for our first Zoom Social Hour, hosted by Payson Burt and promising to be filled with fun for all! To join the fun, just email firstname.lastname@example.org
With great love and appreciation,