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“I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life.
I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life.
That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics.”
~ Albert Schweitzer ~
Namaste, Aloha Everyone!
Welcome to Embodying Reverence For All Life.
Everyone and everything is so unique.
No one looks exactly alike.
No one thinks exactly alike.
No one does everything exactly the same.
Everyone has UNIQUE gifts, UNIQUE talents.
Appreciating the UNIQUENESS of OURSELVES along with EVERYONE and EVERYTHING ELSE in the world helps us develop a reverence for life.
Mother Teresa said, “The problem with the world is that we draw the circle of our family too small.”
In today’s program we will extend this circle to encompass all life everywhere!
We’ll recognize, honor, and cherish each other for the incredible beings we ARE!
Pierre Teilhard De Chardin said, “We are one, after all, you and I. Together we suffer, together exist, and forever will recreate each other.”
The activities and stories in this article are for parents and children.
We’ll share ways you and your children can develop a reverence for yourselves and all of life.
Jiddu Krishnamurti said, "If you lose touch with nature you lose touch with humanity. If there's no relationship with nature then you become a killer; then you kill baby seals, whales, dolphins, and man either for gain, for ‘sport’, for food, or for knowledge. Then, nature is frightened of you, withdrawing its beauty."
There will be guided visualizations, storytelling, and sharing’s where you and your children can tangibly experience the reverence of your hearts and souls.
The refrain to one of my favorite songs goes like this: “Because the One I love lives inside of you, I lean as close to you as I can.”
This is how we feel when we have reverence for and show reverence to everyone.
Today’s program will help you and your children embody and radiate reverence, like rays of life-sustaining sunshine, as you navigate the unchartered waters of daily living with clarity, confidence, and ease.
Mahatma Gandhi said, “In this scheme there is nothing low, nothing high. For all is one, though we seem to be many.”
Embodying Reverence For All Life!
Embodying—Making something part of us.
Reverence—Profound awe, respect, honor and love.
Embodying Reverence—Making profound awe, respect, honor and love part of us.
Embodying Reverence for All Life—Making profound awe, respect, honor and love for all Life part of us. Life we see. Life we don’t see.
Embodying Reverence for All Life we see. . .
- Our bodies.
- Our children.
- Our families.
- Our friends.
- People around the world.
- People we understand.
- People we don’t understand.
- Our pets and all the other creatures and animals in the world.
- Animals that crawl, fly, swim and walk.
So much life to see—so many flowers and countless trees. Life as large as elephants and tinier than fleas—viruses, bacteria and parasites.
The living Earth on whose surface we spin through space in a galaxy we call the Milky Way.
Life we normally don’t see. . .
- Our Divine souls.
- Our brilliant minds.
- Our loving hearts.
- The wind.
- The Angels and other beings vibrating at rates so fast they appear invisible to our eyes.
- The Source, the Creator, of all life.
A line from The Lion King says, “We are all connected in the Great Circle of Life.”
Thank you for being here in this Great Circle of Life.
Thank yourself for contributing to this Great Circle of Life.
Thank you for being a conscious parent, embracing your children in this Great Circle of Life. Teaching your children about this Great Circle of Life.
In this moment, I invite you to set aside all the activities, thoughts and emotions that preceded now. Should the internet drop at any time during the program, it’ll take a few minutes to log back in, so please be patient.
In this moment I invite you to smile, relax your body, focus your mind, and open your heart to the Great Circle of Life Flowing in, around, and through you, as You.
Ernest Holmes, Founder of International Religious Science, says, “We live in a spiritual Universe. God is in, through, around, and for us.
If it’s safe to do so in this moment, please bring one or both of your hands to your beautiful heart. Feel the Great Circle of Life within and as your beautiful heart.
If it’s safe to do so, please close your eyes. Focus on the vibrations of your heart.
Listen to your Beautiful Heart beating.
Feel the pulsations of the Great Circle of Life as your very own heart.
As you inhale feel your Reverence for this Great Circle of Life pulsating in your heart.
As you exhale expand this Reverence for the Great Circle of Life pulsating in your heart around your physical, emotional, mental and soul bodies—your entire being.
Feel your entire being embraced by the Great Circle of Life.
As you inhale, feel this Reverence for the Great Circle of Life pulsating as your entire being.
As you exhale, expand this Reverence for the Great Circle of Life pulsating as your entire being to embrace, encircle, your children.
In Above All, Be Kind: Raising a Humane Child in Challenging Times, Zoe Weil, says, “Reverence is an emotion that we can nurture in our very young children.”
As you inhale, feel this Reverence for the Great Circle of Life pulsating as your entire being and your children.
As you exhale, expand this Reverence for the Great Circle of Life pulsating as your entire being and as your children, to embrace, encircle, your beloved.
You, your children, your beloved are One.
As you inhale, feel this Reverence for the Great Circle of Life pulsating as your entire being, your children and your beloved.
As you exhale, expand this Reverence for the Great Circle of Life pulsating within and as your entire being, your children and your beloved to embrace all your family and friends.
Embrace them within and as you.
As you inhale, feel this Reverence for the Great Circle of Life pulsating within and as you.
As you exhale, expand this Reverence for the Great Circle of Life pulsating within and as your entire being, your children, your beloved and all your family and friends to embrace everyone and all life in the community you are living in.
As you inhale, feel this Reverence you have for the Great Circle of Life pulsating stronger and stronger.
As you exhale, expand this immense Reverence for the Great Circle of Life to embrace everyone and all life in the country you are living in.
Jonathan Lockwood Huie says, “As a happy person, you radiate happiness to the world. Visualize your light radiating throughout the world, passing from person to person until it encircles the globe."
As you inhale, visualize Mother Earth and feel this Reverence you have for the Great Circle of Life pulsating stronger and stronger.
As you exhale, expand your immense Reverence for the Great Circle of Life to embrace Mother Earth and everyone and all life living in, on and around Her.
See and feel Mother Earth’s beautiful baby blue skies, deep blue oceans, majestic mountain peaks, and all life living in, on, and around Her sending rays of heartfelt gratitude back to you.
Feel those rays of gratitude touching your heart and soul, making them glow even brighter with the Reverence you have for the Great Circle of Life.
As you inhale, feel this immense Reverence you have for the Great Circle of Life pulsating with the infinite love of your heart and soul.
As you exhale, drop this infinite love of your heart and soul into the ocean of existence and see it ripple out in ever expanding circles of reverence for all of creation, known and unknown.
See these circles of reverence embracing the sun and moon; Venus, Jupiter and all the planets, stars and comets in our solar system. See these circles of reverence embracing our Milky Way Galaxy and rippling on and on as they embrace all galaxies, all Universes.
Inhale again and, as you exhale with all the love of your heart and soul, with Reverence for the Great Circle of Life, embrace the Creator of the Circle of Life.
As your breath silently moves in and out, feel your Reverence for the Great Circle of Life embracing yourself; your Children; your Beloved; your Family and friends; all life in your community and country; all life in, on and around Mother Earth; and all life throughout Creation and the Source of Creation Itself.
As your breath silently moves in and out, feel and know you are the Great Circle of Life showing Reverence to the Great Circle of Life.
The Great Circle of Life pulsating as you and within you, within your very own heart.
Keeping your hands at your heart, gently open your eyes and enjoy several long, easy inhales and long slow exhales.
Simply let your belly expand as the air easily flows in and let your belly contract as the air flows back out.
You are an ever-evolving experience of the Great Circle of Life Embodying Reverence for your Children, your Beloved and all of Life—visible and invisible.
As proclaimed in The Lion King, “We are all connected in the Great Circle of Life.”
Serge Kahili King expands on this: “We are all connected to everyone and everything in the universe. Therefore, everything one does as an individual affects the whole. All thoughts, words, images, prayers, blessings, and deeds are listened to by all that is.
By embracing all life with your Reverence for the Great Circle of Life as you just did, your love made a powerful impact on the hearts and souls of everyone and everything.
Martin Luther King said, “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
You are living. You are living a conscious life. Embracing all of Creation with your Reverence for the Great Circle of Life also made a powerful impact on your heart and soul.
A saying attributed to Chief Seattle tells us: “Man does not weave this web of life. He is merely a strand of it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”
Our every thought, word, image, prayer, blessing and deed affects every cell of our body, every pore of our being, and the lives of everyone on Earth. This is how the world gets changed from the comfort of your own home . . . with blessings. This is how you mend challenges with friends and family . . . with blessings. This is how you Embody Reverence For All Life . . . with blessings.
Reverence is the essence of life.
Over 400 years before Jesus was born, the Greek Philosopher Plato said, “Let parents then bequeath to their children not riches but the spirit of reverence.”
Being and living the spirit of reverence in all your thoughts, words, images, prayers, blessings and deeds, will insure that your children continue to live in the natural state of reverence and wonder with which they were born.
The Divine Indian Saint Amma says that love “ . . . should be expressed in all our words and deeds. Love and spiritual values received from parents are the strongest assets that a child needs in order to face the various trials of adulthood.”
Your children learn by watching and doing. By listening and feeling.
Your children can read your thoughts and feel your emotions—those expressed and those you keep hidden.
Things you keep bottled up inside like lava boiling in a volcano may one day erupt out through your children. Being and living the spirit of reverence in all your thoughts, words, images, prayers, blessings and deeds, will insure that your children continue to live in the natural state of reverence and wonder with which they were born. Will insure that your children pass on this living in reverence and wonder to all those they meet. Will insure that your children do not in any way act out your hidden thoughts and emotions.
Dr. Larry Dossey said, “There is only one valid way to partake of the universe -- whether the partaking is of food and water, the love of another, or, indeed, a pill. That way is characterized by reverence -- a reverence born of a felt sense of participation in the universe, a kinship with all and with all matter.”
Sharing visualizations like the one we just did with your children gives them a felt sense of participation in the universe—lets them know they can make a difference in the lives of others by using the focus of their minds, the love of their hearts and the inspiration of their souls.
This next activity is another one you can share with your children. It’s a visualization followed by a story that will let them know how unique they are and how unique everyone else is too. You may want to invite them to listen and participate right now, along with the child within you.
If it’s safe to do so in this moment, please bring one or both of your hands to your beautiful heart. Feel the vibrations of your heart.
Your beautiful heart is so unique.
You are so unique!
In all the world, only YOU LOOK EXACTLY like YOU! If you have a twin brother or sister, they may look ALMOST like you but they are not EXACTLY like YOU!
If only YOU looks like YOU, then everyone looks different than everyone else!
Everyone is unique!
That’s so incredible—so incredible we can appreciate how wonderfully unique everyone looks!
Anthropologist Margaret Mead said, “Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.”
No one looks any more or any less pretty, ugly, beautiful, or “any other description” than anyone else.
Jonathan Lockwood Huie said, “Whenever I look at a human face today, I will say to myself: ‘That Is The Face Of God.’ Whenever I look in the mirror today, I will say to myself: ‘That Is The Face Of God.’"
I invite you to really practice this until you believe it with all your heart and soul. Until you really feel it in every cell of your being. Every time you look in the mirror, say to yourself: "That Is The Face Of God."
Every time you see someone else’s face, especially if you find your mind making some sort of comment about that face (it’s too fat, too thin, it’s ugly, it’s beautiful), say to yourself: “That Is The Face Of God. She is my sister or he is my brother.”
Appreciate how unique all the different Faces of God truly are!
In her short story, “We Are All Our Father’s Children”, one I’m sure your children will love, Bette Martin, shares:
"Little Lamb was in the dream world. He was with all the animals of the forest. The warm evening breezes touched them gently as they sat and listened to Little Lamb speak.
Miss Rabbit moved forward shyly, and quietly asked Little Lamb, 'You tell us that we are all brothers and sisters . But I don’t understand. I have long ears, a fuzzy body and strong legs to hop with. Mr. and Mrs. Swan have long necks, feathers, wings to fly with and webbed feet to swim with. How can we be sisters and brothers?'
Then Owl spoke up, 'Yes, Little Lamb, how can I be a brother to Miss Deer? I sleep all day and am awake all night and she sleeps all night and is awake all day.'
Bear spoke loudly in his deep voice, 'Look at how big I am and how small Mouse is. How could we be brothers?'
Little Lamb smiled lovingly at his friends and said to Miss Rabbit, 'What do your mother and father look like?'
And Miss Rabbit said, 'Why they have long ears, a fuzzy body and strong legs just like me.'
'Tell me Owl,' asked Little Lamb, 'What are your parents like?'
And Owl thought for a moment and said, 'You know, they sleep all day and are awake all night, just like me.'
Then Little Lamb turned to Bear and said, 'Your father must be big, just like you.' And Bear nodded his head to answer 'Yes'.
'You are all your parents’ children. You look like them . . . Now tell me who is the Father of everyone and everything?'
And all the animals smiled and said together, 'God is the Father of everyone and everything.'
'Now tell me what God our Father is like.'
Bear said loudly, 'He is all powerful.'
Owl said thoughtfully, 'He is very wise and knows everything.'
Miss Rabbit blushed and quietly said, 'He is our Father and loves us.'
Little Lamb asked his friends, 'Can you see God our Father?'
And Miss Deer looked up and said, 'God is in our hearts. He isn’t something you SEE, God is love and that is something you can only FEEL.'
Now Little Lamb looked at all his friends and said, 'God our Father is powerful, and wise and loving. And He is always in our hearts ready to help us. Now think for a moment. You are your parents’ children and as your parents are, so are you also. If God is in all of your hearts, then you must be in all of your brothers’ and sisters’ hearts also. If God is always ready to help us and love us, then we are always ready to help and love each other. For God is our Father and we are like Him.'
Owl’s eyes lit up and he said, 'Now I understand. Our bodies are just costumes we put on for fun. They help us do our jobs. But it is what’s inside that is real. That is where God is. And where God our Father is, so our brothers and sisters are also. They are in our hearts always.'
Little Lamb smiled and all the animals smiled at each other. In their hearts they could hear their Father’s Voice saying, 'You are all My children: powerful, wise and always loving for I have made you so.'
And as soft moonlight shone on all of them, they could feel in their hearts that they were truly brothers and sisters. They were one.”
And as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The highest revelation is that God is in every man.”
God is in me. God is in you.
God looks like me.
God looks like you.
And not only are you the only one who LOOKs EXACTLY like YOU, you are the only one in the whole world who THINKs EXACTLY like you do!
If only YOU think like YOU do, then everyone thinks a little differently than everyone else!
Everyone’s mind is unique!! ! ! That’s so incredible—so incredible we can appreciate how wonderfully unique everyone thinks.
Instead of automatically saying that someone else is wrong just because they think differently than you do, try to understand their thinking. You don’t have to agree with it but you can appreciate it without judging them for their unique thoughts!
Henry David Thoreau asked, “Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?”
In all the world, not only are you the only one who looks like you and who thinks like you, only YOU DO THINGS EXACTLY like YOU!
If only YOU do things exactly like YOU, then everyone does things a little differently than everyone else!
Everyone is unique! Again, that’s so incredible—so incredible we can truly delight in how wonderfully unique everyone does things.
It’s so wonderful we all do things a little differently. It’s so wonderful we all do things in our own way, at our own pace.
Do you ever get upset because someone does something differently than you or slower than you?
Neal Maxwell says, “There is also a dimension of patience which links it to a special reverence for life. Patience is a willingness, in a sense, to watch the unfolding purposes of God with a sense of wonder and awe, rather than pacing up and down within the cell of our circumstance. Put another way, too much anxious opening of the oven door and the cake falls instead of rising. So it is with us. If we are always selfishly taking our temperature to see if we are happy, we will not be.”
If we all did things the same way, at the same pace, we wouldn’t have all the wonderful, different things we have in this world!
You have UNIQUE gifts, UNIQUE talents. Everyone has UNIQUE gifts, UNIQUE talents.
May you appreciate the UNIQUENESS of YOU and EVERYONE else in the world.
Anwar Fazal said, “We all drink from one water. We all breathe from one air. We rise from one ocean. And we live under one sky.”
Appreciating the UNIQUENESS of OURSELVES along with EVERYONE and EVERYTHING ELSE in the world helps us embody a reverence for all life.
May we recognize, honor, and cherish each other for the incredible beings we ARE!
At least once a day I invite you to embody reverence for yourself and your family by sharing how much you truly appreciate something about each person in your family or something they did that made you feel special!
As you flow into the second part of Embodying Reverence for All Life ("Continued") in the next Blog, think about all your family members and some appreciations you have for each one. Sometimes it’s the things our family members do for us everyday that we don’t notice or take for granted.
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