Posts Tagged ‘reverence’

Namaste on Christmas Day

December 25, 2013

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Whatever your faith, whatever your beliefs, may the spirit of Namaste guide you to see every individual as a beloved child of God and all the Great (more…)

It Is Still Night

October 16, 2013

homeless-man-holding-dogAnyone who considers themselves a spiritual person will affirm sincerely that every person is a child of God and is worthy of respect and reverence. Indeed, the word “namaste,” which is used so casually and ubiquitously, means “The divinity in me bows to the divinity in you.”

Intellectual understanding is one thing. Authentically applying that understanding is another. Whenever you treat someone with anything other than love and acceptance, you are only paying lip service to the concept of namaste. This oft-told story nicely captures this truth:

A guru asked his disciples how they could tell when the night had ended and the day begun.

One said, “When you see an animal in the distance and can tell whether it is a cow or a horse.”

“No,” said the guru.

“When you look at a tree in the distance and can tell if it is a fig tree or a mango tree”.

“Wrong again,” said the guru.

“Well then, what is it?” asked the disciples.

The guru replied, “When you look (more…)

The Logic of God’s Existence

July 29, 2013

starry-skies-waterFrom the unfathomable mysteries in the ocean depths to the dance of life in the densest jungles to the celestial constellations of distant stars, the exquisite order and breathtaking beauty of the natural world offers compelling evidence of a governing intelligence.

By definition, belief in God requires a leap of faith; but it’s a leap that is amply supported by logic and reason. Given that persuasive evidence points to the existence of a complex web of intelligent consciousness that expresses itself as an entanglement inherent in all creation, it follows that God—the formless intelligence that created us—is (more…)

You Are Brilliance Itself

December 15, 2011






A life lived in fear is the wasting of a divine promise. You were blessed with a dream that you might live joyously and purposefully. You were graced with an indestructible spirit and an indomitable heart that you might pursue your dream with equal parts reverence and reckless abandon.






The next time you feel the icy (more…)

Senior Moments

May 28, 2011

A few weeks ago, I held open the door of a McDonald’s in Cloquet, Minnesota, for an elderly man who was shuffling toward it at a glacial pace. When he realized I was holding the door for him, his face brightened and he thanked me as if I were a long-lost friend. He told me he was ninety-three, just a shade older than the 1918 Cloquet fire that laid waste to most of the city. He offered a few more kind words before heading to the counter to place his daily order. I got the impression that he didn’t get to talk to people as often as he would have liked. I found myself wondering if he had outlived most of his friends and loved ones, and if so, what a lonely existence that must be. For a brief moment, I had opened the door to his world and let a bit of sunshine in. I received something of equal value in return: a grateful smile and a genuine moment of human connection.

That encounter triggered a memory from nearly ten years ago. As a hospice volunteer, I do massage on terminally ill patients. One Sunday I (more…)

Untold Treasures and Endless Mysteries

February 8, 2011

Nine o’clock at night. I just returned from doing energization exercises on the beach—standing there in the dark, not another soul in sight, the waves rolling in, engulfed by the ceaseless roar of the ocean, awed by the magnitude and magnificence of the view. The miles and miles of water in front of me concealed worlds upon worlds, all of them throbbing with life and brimming over with untold treasures and endless mysteries. How can anyone gaze upon this sight and feel anything but reverence?

Tomorrow night will find me on the sand once again. I could get used to not (more…)