Sunday, April 27, 2014

The "Anyway" Poem

I attended a workshop yesterday, and included in the handouts was a copy of 
the beautiful "Anyway" poem by Mother Teresa.  
The "Anyway" poem is a favorite of many people regardless of their belief system, 
because the words transcend the context of religious doctrine.  
The "Anyway" poem was actually modeled after The Paradoxial Commandments 
by Dr. Kent M. Keith, whose original version differs slightly.  
The story goes, that Mother Teresa was so enamored with the poem that the words 
were found written on wall of her Children's Home in Calcutta.  

Good food for thought ~

The "Anyway" Poem
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.
 If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you.
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

Thanks to Miriam at the Mir-Yam School of Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Meditation
for providing the poem.

Tulip photo by Diane Fergurson


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Friday, April 18, 2014

Earthly Mother

Earthly Mother Primal, Pure, Perfect
Wholeness of life - love giving of itself
She is the light of the earth
Ever flowing - all in all
Follow her light from the visible
to the invisible within your innermost self
Then the vastness of your vision
transcends the physical eye
It is then the body becomes suffused
with a light love and beauty
We then know this love light and beauty
To be the Divine Spring within us
The living waters flowing outwards upon all earth life
Your Earthly Mother's law is Reverence for life
Become this law then your body given you
by your Earthly Mother will never know
disease nor death.

                                                                                                WILLIAM RICKETTS

** Hidden deep in an Australian rainforest, the clay sculptures of William Ricketts express the Aborigines’ deep connection with Mother Nature.
Born in 1898, William Ricketts was an Australian sculptor and potter who developed a spiritual bond with the Aboriginal people of Central Australia. The time he spent with them, between 1949 and 1960 inspired his works in Potter’s Sanctuary (now known as William Ricketts Sanctuary).

Earthly Mother photo courtesy of Adam Fergurson 

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mind Body Spirit Questions and Answers: Your Karmic Reward

The more we read, the more we know,
the more we want to know,
and consequently, the more questions we may have.
 In this new series we will look at questions raised by a variety of topics.
Your thoughts and input are encouraged...
and your questions, of course.

Question:  "How can you tell whether a condition that has come upon an individual, good or bad, is the result of Karma, or direct divine decree"?

Answer:  If at any time we receive a rich reward, blessing, opportunity or advantage, let us be thankful for it and realize that whatever may have been the cause that brought it about, it is our responsibility and duty to use it constructively, lovingly and wisely.
That is the lesson - don't over analyze it.

If sorrow, disadvantage or disappointment come to us, instead of trying to search into your past for a probable cause, we should strive to learn the lesson that the situation may include,
and do our best to work through it and overcome it.
We need to try to master the conditions, strengthen our character, and increase our knowledge base so we do not earn a similar experience through any Karmic action in the future. 
Trying to keep this balance within the Universal Law will turn all our experiences and situations, good and bad, to good advantage.  
It will benefit ourselves as well as mankind.

Yellow Flower Photo courtesy of Joy Glenn Photography

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