A special late Sunday edition …. this afternoon, I lost my mother. Her part of the journey here is done. She was a remarkable woman who sacrificed much for her family. The final weeks were painful and though I’m deeply saddened by her death, I take solace in realizing that she has passed on beyond the pain. Though in recent years, concerns of my own busy family were often an obstacle in us staying close, I will miss her terribly. I feel incredibly blessed to have made it to my mid 50s with her still with us, but for now, must bid her adieu.
For each session, a common open and closing thought might be appropriate for you .. use our suggestion if it helps you! This is done silently…. The close is your exit thought — again if it helps you. The scripture will come from the sacred texts of major world religions and spiritual wisdom from writers, artists, and poets throughout the ages …. keep an open mind — wisdom is found everywhere!! We will read this aloud at the end of the 20-minute silent meditation, but give you the opportunity to exit if you desire.
** special note — you will frequently see authors described as “mystics” – do not be put off by this term – it refers to an experiential way of knowing rather than a mere belief system .. this elevated way of “knowing” is called different things in different cultures and traditions but it not the domain of a chosen few – it is available to all!
Wisdom for Reflection: (today from His Holiness the Dalai Lama)