As we build the Beloved Community, we pray for you every day that you might continue to bring it about in your little corner of the world.
Today's Meditation features a reflection by Oriah Mountain Dreamer "What if there is no need to change?" It was sent to by Irene Desharnais.
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Ron and Jean
MEDITATION: Oriah Mountain Dreamer: "What if there is no need to change?"
What if there is no need to change?
No need to transform yourself
Into someone who is more compassionate, more present, more loving or wise?
How would this affect all the places in your life where you are endlessly trying to be better, or different?
What if the task is simply to unfold
To become who you already are in your essential nature--
And capable of living fully and passionately present?
What if the question is not,
Why am I so infrequently the person I really want to be?
But "why do I so infrequently want to be the person I really am?"
How would this change what you think you have to learn?
What if becoming who and what we truly are happens not through striving and trying
But by recognizing and receiving the people and place and practices
That are for us the warmth of encouragement we need to unfold?
How would this shape the choices you make about how to spend today?
What if you know that the impulse to move in a way that creates beauty in the world
Will arise from deep within
and guide you every time you simply pay attention
How would this shape your stillness, your movement,
Your willingness to follow this impulse
To just let go