Love, Loyalty and Gratitude

“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.”

James Herriot, All Creatures Great and Small

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There’s a hunger for love

“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.”

Mother Teresa, A Simple Path: Mother Teresa

10 Commandments for Maintaining Perfect Health

  • Accept criticism as the other person’s problem not yours
  • Appreciate yourself and reaffirm your self-worth whenever possible
  • Rather than fretting about what you don’t have, appreciate what you do have
  • See the good points and positive aspects in circumstances. Try to see even your problems as happening ‘for the best’
  • Rather than looking backward with sorrow, look forward with joyous expectation
  • Learn from mistakes so that you can convert them into triumphs
  • Insulate yourself from unpleasant surroundings through wholesome detachment
  • Let go of what you no longer need and make the most of what you now attract
  • Grow in courage and self-mastery from every circumstance
  • Be aware of the larger ‘consciousness’ you are part of

by Hanna Kroeger

I am immortal

I am immortal
sent to a mortal school to learn and regain my immortality.
Though challenged by all the purifying fires of the earth,
I am the soul and cannot be destroyed.
Fire cannot burn me;
water cannot wet me;
breezes cannot wither me;
atoms cannot shatter me;
I am the immortal dreaming the lessons of immortality–
not to be crushed, but to be entertained.
Paramahansa Yogananda

Dynamics of Faith

Despite man’s vaunted advances in science and the healing arts, he cannot get away from the fact that in every department of life he is ultimately dependent on a Power higher than himself. In some respects, modern man enjoys a more secure existence than his ancestors; but still his days are fraught with terrible uncertainties. One never knows when accident or disease, financial failure or natural disaster will strike. Sooner or later, a time arrives in every person’s life when a connection with that Higher Power suddenly becomes of utmost urgency, bringing him to his knees, through painful desperation or worshipful devotion-the choice is his-in recognition that not a beat of the heart nor an inspiration of breath transpires without the supportive will of the Lord. That consciousness of total dependence on God is the power behind the dynamics of faith. Such reliance is not a submissive cowardice that paralyzes one’s own constructive will, but an act of consecrated deference to God through love for Him and veneration of His supremacy. – Second Coming of Christ – Discourse 34 page 621 by Paramahansa Yogananda

If You Forget Me

I want you to know
one thing.You know how this is:
if I look
at the crystal moon, at the red branch
of the slow autumn at my window,
if I touch
near the fire
the impalpable ash
or the wrinkled body of the log,
everything carries me to you,
as if everything that exists,
aromas, light, metals,
were little boats
that sail
toward those isles of yours that wait for me.Well, now,
if little by little you stop loving me
I shall stop loving you little by little.

If suddenly
you forget me
do not look for me,
for I shall already have forgotten you.

If you think it long and mad,
the wind of banners
that passes through my life,
and you decide
to leave me at the shore
of the heart where I have roots,
remember
that on that day,
at that hour,
I shall lift my arms
and my roots will set off
to seek another land.

But
if each day,
each hour,
you feel that you are destined for me
with implacable sweetness,
if each day a flower
climbs up to your lips to seek me,
ah my love, ah my own,
in me all that fire is repeated,
in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten,
my love feeds on your love, beloved,
and as long as you live it will be in your arms
without leaving mine.

by Pablo Neruda

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