Monday, May 9, 2011

Be Welcome!

Here we are.
There's nowhere else we can be.
Only here can we taste this moment,
feel and know the wonder of being alive.

This is the place to hear the songs
the whale and whippoorwhyll sing,
to say the words we've not yet said,
and embrace those we hold most dear,
for it is here in our hearts 
all our joy and jubilation,
all our travail and sorrows come to us,
here, only in this moment, this life.

In the blink of an eye it will all end.
All we have is this moment under heaven.
All that we have, all that we love,
is right here, right now,
where we are. 

Consider the possibility:  
         There is another way to see, to speak, another way of being, a way to live that deepens, enriches and expands conscious appreciation of this moment. It is archaic and revolutionary, unfashionable to some, too simple for others. It was known in the most ancient times and taught by masters in every generation. We should remember and honor them and tell their stories: Moses, Krishna, Jesus, Buddha and Mohammed, Zarathustra, Quetzalcoatl, Nanak and Meher Baba, Baal Shem Tov and Kabir, and so many more.


 In so many texts you read, "When the student is ready, the Teacher comes." Today we seem to have a "Teacher Crisis" as well as a "Student Crisis." Let me persuade you that the mess I observe in American public education has several dimensions: economics, mental health, quality of service and virtue. Grant me at least these four and an opportunity to quickly make a few points.
       Re: economics. Who gets paid more per hour of "contact time"? A school teacher in a classroom setting or a motivational speaker in a "productivity seminar" setting.


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