“Honor the power of speech,
And with every breath, Bless the life that surrounds you.”
The Radiance Sutras, From #140
Translated by Loren Roche
There is so much confusion and fear in our world right now, so much anger and poor communication—in the Age of Information it seems we are overwhelmed by all the noise. I have been thinking a good deal lately about speech; what I say to those I love, how and what I communicate to this community, Facebook “friends,” and put out to the world around me.
Now more than ever, it seems important to be intentional with our speech, not for fear of being harmed but doing harm, knowing that we might say too much about things that aren’t very important and not talking enough about things that do.
The other night I was with a KUUC committee who are working very hard on our behalf. They are thoughtful, intelligent, knowledgeable people with such wise insights and loving hearts. At the end, I asked if we could join hands and I prayed my gratitude for them, my joy to be with them, my happiness to dream with them and my absolute certainty that together we will do what is expected of us. I don’t do that as often in a setting such as that, but it felt right sometimes, to pray, “to bless the life that surrounds you.”
Yours in Faith and Fellowship,