April 06, 2012

Finish It: One Mind, One Body , One Universe

My A-Z Challenge for "F" is to Finish it.  I went back to my drafts and decided to finish an unpublished, unfinished post.  This is a post from Mother's Day a year ago.  I fear writing about extremely significant moments in my life, because I feel my words cannot provide them justice.  So onward with my growth and stuff and I'll give it a go:

One Mind, One Body , One Universe

Dalai Lama
This Mother's Day I was not only served Popsicles and syrup in bed {dead serious, someone needs to watch these kids}, but had the opportunity to hear the Dalai Lama speak.  My Mother is now convinced  that I am converting to Buddhism, and felt it necessary to get a little "preachy" on me at our Mother's Day dinner.  Mom, I am not a Buddhist because I practice Yoga, meditation or hear a monk from Tibet speak.  I am a Jesus loving Christian {if you are from the Midwest, you have no choice, you're either Catholic or Lutheran}.  I believe that God speaks through everyone, saints, sinners and monks alike.  A student cannot learn all they need to know by one book alone.  We find our foundation (mine being the Bible) and build on that. The topic of his afternoon talk was billed as “Peace Through Inner Peace,” and he stressed the themes of kindness, compassion, nonviolence and respect for people of all beliefs.

If there is one thing I struggle with in my own religion, it is the scare tactics. How is fear going to bring anyone to God? (Trust me, many a talk with my Pastor about this). I think something is lost in translation there. "Hi, how are you, repent or burn in hell, want to come to church with me?"   Nope. I don't like it, that just never sat right with me. But if I live as an example of Christ's love, and am open and non-judgmental {work in progress}, I know that yields better results. "If you extend love to God, you must extend love to all creation."  That being said by his holiness there, he would not like my spider killing ways, sorry DL, they're still going down.  Yes, I know, I'm coming back as a spider Mommy with 1000 little spider babies.

Please note, most everything I say is paraphrased here, as my short hand written in my daughter's Disney Princess notebook leaves somewhat to be desired.  But here's a little taste;  I'm still drunk on the peace and love high, so I will curtail my desire to write a novel.

We are all born of a mother, we are all the same, born with the same potential.  If we love God, we must love everyone, every religion, or at least respect it.  It is okay to criticize, disagree and debate, but we must respect it.  Like it or not,  we do share this Earth with 600 billion other people, and as different as we are, we must learn to live together.  In life, discover truth, one-sided information is very harmful, it leads to bias; we need to fully investigate all sides.

I could regurgitate a hundred things this man said for you now.  But to feel the silence of thousands of people hanging on his words, listening with hearts wide open was unbelievable.  It was more than moving.  It was breath-taking.  I know my God, our God, put this man on this Earth with a great and magnificent gift to teach and be understood by millions. I was struck by his wisdom, his simplicity, and his humor. Best to allow him to speak for himself:

“Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.”


“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”


"It is necessary to help others, not only in our prayers, but in our daily lives. If we find we cannot help others, the least we can do is to desist from harming them.”


"When you think everything is someone else´s fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy. Pride leads to violence and evil. The truly good gaze upon everything with love and understanding." 


"Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent."


I am having a hard time with the "remaining silent" portion of my life.  ~Carai Lama {that's me}

Thanks to my dear friends Shellai Lama and Christie Tibet, it is a time I will always cherish, and was more special because I shared that moment with you.

21 comments:

  1. Great Post! I'm not sure if you know this...but I have changed "religions". That sounds weird...but, I'm no longer Lutheran... (gasp!). Yes...it's true. V, S, and I left our church, H is waiting until after she attends her friends wedding in WI so she's not shunned by the people from her parochial school, and Ivy is staying put...Ladies Guild president, green jello, choir, and all!
    We are going to a Mega Church which is FANTASTIC!!

    And yes, there are other Christian Churches that believe the same things I have always known about our Savior without the scare tactics. You'd like it. Come on down and I'll share it with you. God Bless! and Love you.

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  2. I'd love to! So happy that you and your family are going to a place where you can find spiritual growth. I'm lucky to have had and now have wonderful Lutheran church families which hold to nurturing their congregation and bringing God's message to people.

    I always wondered, how can you judge and condemn people if you've never even given them a chance to believe?

    Love you too!

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  3. Well, said (as usual) Cari! I like this line, "A student cannot learn all they need to know by one book alone. We find our foundation (mine being the Bible) and build on that." Loooove that!! I find it hard at the age of 44 to hear the same stories over and over again. Hey, I get it already!!! Now, just like in school, I must move to the next level. We don't continue to read Dick and Jane books after we "get it". Or stay in the same math book once we're ready for more. "Living" means growing, changing,moving forward. If I am sitting in the stream of living waters it means that I've never felt the wave that's about to wash over me before...it's new!!! It's exciting, loving and being loved, by a *living* God! New material(even if it's only new to me) new lessons, new points to ponder, are are always washing over me. Loving our neighbors means that there are so many new things to learn and experience. How can we block any of that out? It'd be like sitting in a bathtub of stale water. Nah, give me the sparkling stream :)

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    1. It'd be like sitting in a bathtub of stale water. Nah, give me the sparkling stream :)

      Love it, love it, love it. Star, we have to hook up for coffee SOON! I love how you explain things, you have such a beautiful way with words. I need my Star fix from your blog...wherever it may be...

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    2. I'm starting a new blog over at WP. I've been struggling with WP. For some reason it seems tedious to me! However, I need the password protect feature. Does blogger have that? If so let me know! It's either hide the whole dang blog or show the whole thing. Some posts shouldn't be read by the whole world! And it interrupts my flow to edit myself. A lot has happened lately. I miss writing and sharing and I especially miss your insights on my ramblings. Java...SOON!!

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    3. Ha! You made it to WP before I did! I think once you get the hang of it, you'll love it! I had a glitch with my move, but will hopefully be back on track in a month or so. I have a friend who wrote an intro to WP, gonna get the details for you and I'll ask your question. I miss your beautiful ramblings.

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  4. Cari, you really do have a way with words. Quite a talent. I also loved the line about a sudent not learning all they need to know by one book alone. So well said.

    And what a gift it was to see the Dalai Lama!

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    1. As do you, my dear. Sometimes...no oftentimes things don't come out right...but then there are days when the blog gods smile upon me. Or I'm sober, who knows.

      Yes, one of the most amazing moments of my life. Check off the bucket list.

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  5. I loved this post! Especially your line "We are all born of a mother, we are all the same..."
    Came here blog hopping through A to Z, and am glad I did.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, going to return the favor.

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  6. Dalai Lama inspires many people to hear, to see, to do better.
    :)
    Kate
    A to Z: http://whenkateblogs.blogspot.com/

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  7. Dalai Lama inspires many people to hear, to see, to do better.
    :)
    Kate
    A to Z: http://whenkateblogs.blogspot.com/

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  8. Great post. Dalai Lama is a wise man!

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    1. Thanks, Sherry. He is. He inspires me daily.

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  9. The scare tactics don't sit well with me either and it also never made sense to me. In fact, a lot of religions don't make sense to me but I agree to allow everyone the freedom to believe what they want.

    This was really well written. Glad the A to Z made you finish this one.

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    1. I know, I'm not sure if there is a "right" religion. I know what I believe and what's in my heart and the bible. But I think the world has so much to offer and that we have a very loving God.

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  10. My parents are of the scare-tactic variety, while my sister is tame, open-minded, & mostly tries to just be an example of Christ's love (she succeeds at this, altho she'd deny it, being a kind & humble soul!). For myself, being the black sheep & not quite "getting it" all, I don't really know where I fit in on the religious spectrum of life. I don't believe the things my family believes. But I do believe in the lessons of how to treat your fellow man. So I figure, whether or not the story of Christ is real, whether or not any of the God stories are real, it's the lessons that are most important. So I try to behave toward others as I believe Christ would want me to, even if I don't necessarily believe in him. I find I'm much more kind and generous than many of my so-called Christian friends and family. It's weird, like I "get" the lessons better than they do, & respect the importance of following the rules when it comes to behaving and not being a jerk. Although I can be a big jerk, don't get me wrong. okay, holy crap, I'm rambling here in your comment section. I'm gonna stop now cuz clearly I'm just a very confused individual. sorry!!! :(

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  11. Let's chat one black sheep to another. Because I am. Here's what Andi-Roo, can I see your heart? Can anyone? I think we don't all come to faith, find ourselves, find peace, whatever, at the same exact time in our lives. Some of us are stubborn, takes longer. I am a Christian, so my views definitely stem from that. But I am also extremely spiritual and I sincerely believe it is all connected. At some point in life it will all come full circle for you. What matters is you have a willingness to learn, to be open to possibilities. When you are open to that, the truths that are meant to be revealed to you will be. That is extraordinary darling. Be proud of that.

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    1. One more thing...I feel sorry for the person who is NOT confused. If we don't constantly question ourselves, how can we grow?

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  12. AnonymousMay 14, 2012

    nice idea.. thanks for sharing.

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