In many places in the scriptures we are to “Behold” which means to “Look” and see beyond what we see. It can also mean to pay attention.
A core principle of the Appreciative Way is: “What we focus on becomes our reality.” Or What we water with our attention will grow.
Buddhists talk of “right seeing” the paying attention to that which is truly true, timeless or eternal, rather than the temporal things that all will pass away.
In the midst of the virus I invite us all to pay attention to what we are paying attention to.
This is not to deny some seriously bad stuff is happening.
We need to be aware of the suffering, but we can view it through eyes of wonder, that Jesus too weeps.
And eyes of wonder at the people offering caring, that this suffering is bringing out the best in people.
With a smile
What I see is not what I am looking at but what I am looking with.
And so my first and principal duty… is to find my eyes of love.
— Dan Jones
Today the church celebrates the Feast of the Annunciation. Nine months later we know the rest of the story…
I am always very aware when Messengers of God show up that people become afraid. I think it is because fear is our default setting, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
But fear is not our birthright, our birthright is love. We often think that the opposite of love is hate but St. John in his letter says that the opposite of love is fear, and I totally believe that to be true.
Hate is what happens when you keep someone afraid for too long. The fear crystallizes into hate. Rather than heading that direction I want to return to our birthright, the land of love.
I do have a bone to pick with God’s messengers, because they often begin with “Fear not.” or “Don’t be afraid.” Telling someone to “not” be the way they are is telling people to be inauthentic. I much prefer the messengers who begin with “Peace.” They are inviting people into a space from wherever they may be.
I know that the virus, and its consequences, has us all afraid to one degree or another. Currently most of my fear is not of catching the virus, but can I get my technology to work. My personal practice, when I remember, is first to acknowledge, “I am afraid,” then to take a breath and in my mind, take a step back and breathe again, and then to see what love is calling me to do, in response to the situation I find myself in.
Put on your eyes of love and wonder what love is calling each of us to do.
My eyes of love are very close to my eyes of delight.
And I am delighted to be serving you all in these challenging times.