Serenity Sunday

Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. 
If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right 
now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our 
bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the 
beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our 
loved ones.   
                                        --Thich Nhat Hanh

Serenity Sunday

Tao Te Ching  22

If you want to become whole,
let yourself be partial.
If you want to become straight,
let yourself be crooked.
If you want to become full,
let yourself be empty.
If you want to be reborn,
let yourself die.
If you want to be given everything, 
give everything up.

The Master, by residing in the Tao,
sets an example for all beings.
Because he doesn't display himself,
people can see his light.
Because he has nothing to prove,
people can trust his words.
Because he doesn't know who he is,
people recognize themselves in him.
Because he has no goal in mind,
everything he does succeeds.

When the ancient Masters said,
"If you want to be given everything,
give everything up,"
they weren't using empty phrases.
Only in being lived by the Tao
can you be truly yourself.
                --Lao Tzu
                translation Stephen Mitchell

Serenity Sunday

Knock, And He'll open the door
Vanish, And He'll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He'll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He'll turn you into everything
                                      --Rumi

Serenity Sunday

A Friendship Blessing
–John O’Donohue

May you be blessed with good friends.

May you learn to be a good friend to yourself.

May you be able to journey to that place in your soul where

there is great love, warmth, feeling, and forgiveness.

May this change you.

May it transfigure that which is negative, distant, or cold in you.

May you be brought in to the real passion, kinship, and affinity of belonging.

May you treasure your friends.

May you be good to them and may you be there for them;

may they bring you all the blessing, challenges, truth,

and light that you need for your journey.

May you never be isolated.

May you always be in the gentle nest of belonging with your anam ċara. 

 

anam is the Gaelic word for soul; ċara  is the word for friend. anam ċara means soul friend.

 

Serenity Sunday

We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily laughing.             --Swami Satchidananda