Life is a continuum of this present moment.  Nothing else.  If we miss this present moment, we miss our lives.  When we are consumed with past regrets or future concerns, we cannot live our lives fully, because we are unaware of this present moment.

Jesus said, “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own”  (Matthew 6:34).

We must learn to stay in and enjoy the present moment.  When we stay in the present moment, we become one with nature, with other sentient beings, and with the whole universe.  Our minds will become much more compassionate, and we will enjoy others’ happiness while sympathizing deeply with others’ suffering.

Jesus said, “For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry” (Matthew 11:30), and “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace.  In the world you have trouble and suffering, but take courage — I have conquered the world”  (John 16:33).

If you feel grateful, you are a happy person.  So, enjoying the present moment in any situation, and being grateful and content regardless of our environment.  By returning ourselves to the present moment, we can enjoy every aspect of our lives.  This is enlightenment.  This is awakening.  (Source:  “Thunderous Silence — A Formula for Ending Suffering,”  By: Dosung Yoo)

Buddhists visualize themselves as a Buddha or bodhisattva for the purpose of recognizing and bringing forth their own Buddha-nature.  Similarly, Christians visualize the shining face of Jesus and generate a strong desire to be Christ — to manifest His love and compassion.

The following image is my painting of “The Angel.” (Source: Victorian Angels, 2005 Calendar, By: TLC Designs)

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One Solitary Life  –  Jesus’ Life

He was born in an obscure village,

The child of a peasant woman.

He grew up in another obscure village,

Where he worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty.

Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher.

He never had a family or owned a home.

He never set foot inside a big city.

He never traveled two hundred miles from the place He was born.

He never wrote a book or held an office.

He did none of the things that usually accompany greatness.

While He was still a young man,

The tide of popular opinion turned against Him.

His friends deserted Him.

He was turned over to His enemies and went through the mockery of a trial.

He was nailed to a cross between two thieves.

While He was dying,

His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had – His coat.

When He was dead, He was taken down and laid in a borrowed grave.

Nineteen centuries have come and gone and

Today He is the central figure for much of the human race.

All the armies that ever marched,

And all the navies that ever sailed,

And all the parliaments that ever sat,

And all the kings that ever reigned, put together,

Have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as this

One Solitary Life.”

(Author Unknown)

(Note:  “One Solitary Life”  was given to me by Henry Hong.)

 

Just a Little Prayer

Just a little prayer, that’s all,

Will ease your troubled mind,

Will touch the very heart of God –

Will help you to unwind.

Just a little prayer, that’s all,

It doesn’t take much time,

But when you’re through you’ll be amazed

How things work out just fine!

(By: Millie Torzilli)

 

Little Deeds

Little deeds of kindness,

Little acts of love,

Show that we’re acquainted

With the Lord above.

Little deeds of kindness

Cheer us on our way,

And help ourselves and others

Have a happy day.

Acts of loving kindness

Promote a happy smile,

And add a joy to living

And make life worthwhile.

(By: Vera Beall Paker)

 

Around the Bend

It’s a matter of fact, and record, too,

Most mountains we climb bring another in view!

Each battle we wage, each goal we defend

Brings forth a new challenge around the next bend…

For life is a series of trials to be met,

Yet, if we’re determined and never forget

To do what needs doing, be just and be kind,

Be honest and caring, then surely we’ll find…

The mountain’s worth climbing,

The rewards beyond meausre…

When we complete that last mile.

(By: Vi B. Chevalier)

 

Recipe for Living

A cup full of patience,

A portion of dreams,

A teaspoon of planning,

A few idle schemes,

A wee bit of thinking,

Some books of your own,

A serving of lectures,

A place to call home…

Some health is important,

A mixture of charms,

A spoon of persistence,

A heart soft and warm,

A faith in tomorrow,

A smile for today,

Believing and trusting

Each step of the way…

Some keen understanding,

A blue sky above,

A vision unequalled,

A heart full of love,

A seving of knowledge,

A questioning mind…

‘Tis these that make up living,

All nicely combined.

(By: Garnett Ann Schultz)

 

A Lifetime of Miracles

Each day brings forth new miracles

Of sun and sea and sky.

Another bird bursts from his shell

And spreads his wings to fly.

New growth, new life is everywhere.

Each bright day will unfold

Fresh opportunities for all…

And worth their weight in gold.

The Master gazes down on us.

As He brings forth the dawn

And blesses each and every one

With courage to go on.

(By: Marian Ford Park)