The following I offer as a continuing series based on the ABC’s of Golden Zen. The purpose is to allow the concepts to be read without much commentary and absorbed by the reader at your level of consciousness. You are always free to comment or ask questions.
H – Harmony: In Golden Zen we recognize that the events and people in our lives are part of the harmony ( symphony, accord, concord, concordance, concurrence, consonance, rapport, tune, unity) of the universe. Every one is connected somehow to the other, and each bringing us tokens from the world we don’t physically see and yet where we all belong.
I – Intelligence: You may remember from your science studies that the human body, plant life, and undersea mysteries are intricately woven in an intelligent complexity that baffles even the brilliant scientific mind. Can you even imagine the intelligence of entire Universe? This is, if for no other reason, a powerful reason to learn how to be still and silent and visit the “void.” The intricacies that exist, all in simplistic intention, can center you, and make the complex seem simple.
J- Jubilee: Golden Zen celebrates freedom. In the biblical days, the Jewish people were commanded to celebrate a yearlong period of freedom, where people must quit working, slaves were to be set free, and if you had lost your land to anyone for any reason it was to be restored. For us it is a celebration of imperfection. Everyone gets a fresh new start – not from working for it or striving or conniving, but as a gift of grace, a restoration, a new day!
K -Kindness: This heart of kindness begins with oneself, finding the generous heart within to show kindness to your “form” without. Many moral standards and religious ideals talk about kindness, to go so far as to put ourselves last and others first as a way of being kind and spiritual. Of course, there are times for sacrifice, and we don’t diminish that expression. Kindness to others however, can become strained when offered by a worn out heart and body. Begin with yourself, with words and actions that honor the creation that you are, and allow kindness to become your nature.
In the Grace of the Moment,
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