I came across a story recently that I believe has great value for us all.
It is a story about four rabbi's who one night were visited by an angel. The angel took them to Heaven where they viewed all things sacred. Having experienced bliss first hand they then returned to earth, each responding in their own ways to what they had witnessed whilst in Heaven.
Here are the four responses:
SO what can we learn from this story?
It is a simple lesson really.
No matter when, where or how we experience bliss it is a gift given to us to enhance our lives here on earth.
It is NOT something to analyse, to probe, to understand, nor is it something to hold onto too tightly or even something to preach about. Primarily it is something that awakens our capacity to be grateful, that deepens our appreciation of life and expands our sense of wonder and joy in living.
So today I am adopting this joyful attitude and I am rejoicing and giving thanks and praise for the good things I have been given; things such as the breath in my body, the gift of my senses, the quiet dark that supports my sleep and the morning light that wakes me, the first meal of the day, the song of the blackbird, small touches of kindness that come my way, the smile of a friend, the anticipation of what the day might bring....
I encourage you to join me and to make your own list; to revel in the feeling of joy that it brings you.
If you feel like sharing then I would love to hear from you. I believe joy is contagious so lets spread it where we can.
The opinions I express here are my own. However I offer them with the word 'syat' next to them. 'Syat' is a word used by the Jain Tribe in India which means 'To the best of my knowledge SO FAR.' In the spirit of openness I invite comments from anyone whether you agree with my point of view or not. In this way we can all learn and grow together. Thank you.