Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sunday Sermon [You're Alive]

¡Hola! Everybody...
Yes, I am a die-hard Jets fan. Yes, I am rooting for them today! It’s “ground and pound” Blue State against “Manning is Jaysus!” Red State. LOL

My Jets are being written off as a slight encumbrance to the Dolts’ inexorable march to the Superbowl. I’m just happy they made it this far. A win will make me very insufferable. LMAO!

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-=[ Alive ]=-

“Change your words into truth and then change that truth into love… ”

-- Steveland Wonder, As

Ever thought of the fact that you are alive, right now? I mean really get into that? Soften your belly and relax your jaw. Feel (feel don’t think!) – feel your heart beating deep inside your body, and feel the rhythm of your heart as it radiates outward, pulsing in your hands, feet, and neck. Feeling your heart in this way, relax and open as in an offering to the world.

While you’re at it, take a moment and try to feel how you live your life – how you spend your moments. What did you do today or yesterday? What are your plans for tomorrow? Who do you love and do you love deeply?

The undeniable truth is that no matter what -- no matter how much money you have made, how many Coach bags you own -- one day you will become numb and your heart will stop, you will stop breathing, and all this will disappear. In some moment just like this one, your life will end.


Are you ready for death? Are you ready for the death of your children and your loved ones?

Many of us are celebrating today with picnics. A picnic with your loved ones. Fried chicken, cold drinks. A gentle breeze, the sun caressing your face. Suddenly your heart stops. A final plea -- fade to black…

Are you ready? I mean are you truly ready? Have you loved and lived fully and given your deepest gifts?

A life lived well is a life faced with an open heart -- every moment. You can be wide open, holding nothing back and you will receive in return without pushing away. The opening of your heart doesn’t come from an analysis of some kind, it doesn’t come from “loving” in the sense that we normally think of love. The opening of your heart comes from a deep felt sense. You are openness, inseparable from this entire moment. The one truth is that everything comes and goes. Everything must change.

Your child’s smile: precious but temporary and already dissolving.

Your lover’s tender embrace: already disentangling.

Life often resembles the ocean in that, try as we may, we can’t stop the waves -- they come and go, no matter how much we stomp and cry. While it is true that we can’t stop the waves, we can learn how to surf. Every moment is a miracle and already disappearing. Every experience is full and empty -- both.

A life lived merely for the sake of experience is a cheated life full of tension, insecurity, loneliness and a deep sense of being unfulfilled. Your Coach bag can’t fulfill you because at some point in time it will go. It will break or get lost or stolen, or worse, fall out of fashion. Your experience cannot fulfill you because as soon as it comes, it is already gone -- an illusion, just out of reach.

If we stop the grasping, life becomes free and full of light. Surrendering is opening. That’s how you open -- you surrender, opening full and bright, breathing deeply. Offering your heart of hearts, you are reborn in this moment. Believe me, when that time comes the only questions that will matter is whether you loved deeply and lived fully. But don’t wait, death gives us the permission to live freely and love openly this very moment.



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