Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Buddhist Meditation

This was my Buddhist meditation for today.

In a tiny nutshell, it incorporates a lot of why Buddhism works for me.

Just try it, okay?

Visualize someone to whom you feel very close, particularly someone who is suffering and in pain. As you breathe in, imagine you take in all their suffering and pain with compassion, and as you breathe out, send your warmth, healing, love, joy, and happiness streaming out to them.

Now, gradually widen the circle of your compassion to embrace first other people to whom you also feel very close, then to those about whom you feel indifferent, then to those whom you dislike or have difficulty with, then even to those whom you feel are actively monstrous and cruel. Allow your compassion to become universal, and to enfold in its embrace all sentient beings, and all beings, in fact, without any exception.

One Day Without Shoes 2011

If you know me well, you know I have recently become addicted to TOMS shoes. Not only are they cute and comfortable, but they have a fantastic program. For every pair of shoes (or tshirt) that you buy, the company donates one pair of TOMS to someone in need.

How often do you get to help so easily?

Every year, TOMS sponsors "One Day Without Shoes" to promote awareness of the people around the world who go without shoes and the medical and social problems that arise.

Well, today is One Day Without Shoes 2011. It just so happened that a cold front came through here last night, and it is presently 50f (that's 10c for my European friends, but then, you probably already knew that). Yeap, there are rain puddles EVERYWHERE.

Yes, it's going to be difficult to go without shoes today. Yes, I am going to be uncomfortable. Yes, I might even cut my foot or get sick.

But if I can get just ONE person to ask me why I am not wearing shoes, or why I am wearing a tshirt with a big crayon heart on it that says "one day with out shoes", I will have done some good today.

As Mother Theresa said, "We can do no great things....only small things with great love"

And thank YOU, Anna-Grace Veal,for introducing me to TOMS, and for being the butter to AJ's bread...the breath to his life!

" Be the change you wish to see in the world."--Gandhi

Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS shoes