May 24

Reflection

Will you engage this moment with kindness or with cruelty, with love or with fear, with generosity or with scarcity, with a joyous heart or an embittered one? This is your choice and none can make it for you. If you choose kindness, love, generosity and joy, then you will discover in that choice the Kingdom of God, heaven, nirvana this worldly salvation.  If you choose cruelty, fear, scarcity, and bitterness then you will discover in that choice the hellish state of which so many religions speak. These are not ontological realities tucked away somewhere in space – these are existential realities playing out in your own mind. Heaven and hell are both inside of you. It is your choice deciding where you will reside.
From What Is Lovingkindness? by Rami Shapiro

Prayer

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Pslam 51:10

 Action

 Reflect on how the choices you make affect your stance in life.  How do they affect those with whom you live and work?  Where do you reside?

Suggested Reading

 I have chosen the faithful way; I have placed Your ordinances before me.
Psalm 119:30

These things I have spoken to you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
John 15:11

See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.
I Thessalonians 5:15

 Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Mahatma Gandhi

 Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.
Denis Waitley

One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes… and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.
Eleanor Roosevelt

May your choices reflect yout hopes not your fears.
Nelson Mandela

It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
J. K. Rowling

If you want to be happy, be.
Leo Tolstoy

Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Abraham Lincoln

You always do what you want to do. This is true with every act. You may say that you had to do something, or that you were forced to, but actually, whatever you do, you do by choice. Only you have the power to choose for yourself.
W. Clement Stone

 

 

 

 

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