BUDDHA SAYS SHINE

Buddha said, “Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine.”

When I read this I lit up with a smile, the kind of smile one wears when listening to the welcome voice of an old friend. With a gentle soft clear intimate focus I heard “come out from behind the clouds! Shine.” Be you. Go ahead and be you. Be you, and shine.

Isn’t that what it is all about? Giving our permission to be who we are in the world? Freeing ourselves of the shackles of our histories, or the inaccurate, damaging and dysfunctional messages we’ve been give about ourselves throughout our life journeys. As horrifying and damaging messages of bigotry aimed at blacks, Latinos, gays, lesbians, and too many others have been, the message whites have all too often given themselves is just a damaging. No one can be morally or spiritually right-sized if they cast themselves above or below a fellow human being.

Be you. Be you and shine.

So much can in our way of that. And there so much we allow to get in the way of that: the opinions of others, greed, materialism, money, looks, whatever we’ve come to believe strength, and so forth.

Buddha said, “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

And there it is, being present in the moment you are in. I am learned that the moment I’m in is the only place I’m obliged to be. As a close friend of mine recently said to me, “Remember, the moment you’re in is the only place you have to be.”

Be in the moment, be you. And shine.
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