Our Compassionate Spirit
by Alicia K. Hanlen
Taos Study Group
Generosity is the most natural outward expression of an inward attitude of compassion and loving kindness. – Dalai Lama XIV
Loving God, Source of All, I take this precious moment and just breathe in my innate sense of connection with you. In the stillness I feel my heart beating, and know all is well. I gaze out my window at the glorious splendor of the sky and snow packed mountains, and its beauty fills me with wonder and joy. My home is fragrant with the smells of freshly baked lemon bars and ground coffee, and I smile. I listen for the sound of a far off coyote, singing for his super, and I am aware once again how blessed is my life. I know, too, that these gifts are pure grace, both random and unaccountable.
And then I look outward to the world, knowing that along with the blessings, life can be rife with chaos and confusion. What can I do? What can any of us do? I believe that the most and the very best we can do is to continually turn within, to reinforce our absolute certainty that we are all connected to Source, and to each other. In this connection, we face our humanity. We are ecstatic in our joy when we feel the flow of our good and our blessings. But we also feel overwhelmed by the misfortune that can often times be experienced in our own lives, and in the lives of our fellow human beings. So, my commitment this day is to see God’s face everywhere I look, in each and every being on this planet. I know that I alone cannot cure the misfortune in the world, but I also know that I can always bestow a kindness, a glance into someone’s eyes, a smile, a helping hand. Perhaps a more tangible kindness, such as a phone call to a friend in need, a donation to a charity that touches the heart, or a hospital visitation. Spirit will show us the way if we but open to the possibilities of kindness.
After all, it is who we are, each of us, it is our innate compassionate Spirit, shining forth through the darkness as the Light. And so it is.