Sunday, February 12, 2017

Reminder: Love One Another!

Chinese depiction of Jesus and the rich man (M...Image via Wikipedia
 Chinese depiction of 
Jesus and the rich man (Mark 10)
- 1879, Beijing, China -

(This is a post from several years ago, but due to world events, I felt worth publishing again.  Blessings of Light and Love to all!)

The one tenet almost every religion has in common is to Love one another.  For this month dedicated to Love, here are some sacred writings from around the world.  These are listed by the approximate dates they were written based on texts found by scholars.

Hinduism: 3200 BC, From the Hitopadesa - "One should always treat others as they themselves wish to be treated."

Judaism: 1300 BC, from the Old Testament, Leviticus 19:18 - "Thou shalt Love thy neighbor as thyself."
Zoroastrianism: 600 BC, From the Shast-na-shayast 13:29 - "Whatever is disagreeable to yourself, do not do unto others."

Confucianism: 557 BC, From the Analects 15:23 - "What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others."
Buddhism: 560 BC, From the Udanavarga 5:18 - "Hurt not others with that which pains yourself."

Shinto: From 8th century CE -  “The heart of the person before you is a mirror. See there your own form“

Christianity: 100's CE,  From -John 13:34-35 - “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Islam: 80's CE, From Sunnah - "No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself."

Sikhism: From Guru Arjan Devji 259 (1563-1581 CE) - “Don’t create enmity with anyone as God is within everyone.”

Native American: From Black Elk (1890-1950 CE) - “All things are our relatives; what we do to everything, we do to ourselves. All is really One.”

Wicca: From the Wiccan Rede written in 1900's - “If it harm no one, do what thou wilt”

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

For Everything There Is a Season

Photo: (c) 2015 Linda M Neas

Living in farm country has a way of keeping me balanced - of keeping me from becoming too obsessed with any one thing - because on a farm, everything runs by seasons. "This too shall pass," is lived out without conscious thought. Change simply is.

Over the past month, change has hit many upside the head and left us spinning. The unthinkable has become reality. That reality has strained the very foundations of what we believe. Fear and depression has nipped at our heals.  For many, balance is tenuous.

This too shall pass! 

What I have learned, living in the community of farms, is that the dawn brings a new day, the harvest brings nourishment and once spring comes, the cycle begins again.  Applying that to life, I find that challenges can be overwhelming if I mire myself in the mud of "what if" or "I can't."  But, if I roll up my preverbial sleeves and fearlessly delve into the problem, a solution, a resolution almost always appears.

One thing you cannot do on a farm is give up.  Cows still need to be milked, eggs collected, animals fed and watered and crops sown, weeded and harvested. 

Our reality is that we still need to work, still need to make phone calls or write emails, still need to stand up against oppression, hate, abuse of any kind.  Our reality is that good things happen every day! Good people continue to do what needs to be done to help their families, their communities and the world.  We must remember this.

I sit here casually watching as the birds come to the feeder just outside the window by my desk. I watch as the snow melts, as the buds on the trees and bushes begin to fatten, a sure sign that spring will be here soon. In the quite of this morning, I hear Spirit speaking, "This too shall pass." I breathe deeply, roll up my sleeves and with fearless anticipation, begin the work that I am called to do.

Blessings to all!