One of the blogs I follow daily contains
a particularly spiritual message today.
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ATTACHMENTS OR REAL HAPPINESS?
WARNING: This is deep stuff-at least, for me.Hopefully, we keep on learning, and it becomes FUN. E.g., this sentence in a message two years ago to a favorite "artist" blogger, taken out of context:
"...when I read your messages, and you read mine (as now?) there is a special happiness which arises, and it is good...."
Example: I used to write something like: "It sure makes me happy when I receive a note or a call from you..." or something like that. This implies that my happiness is dependent on your writing or calling me...and that's erroneous, on several levels.
Today's inspiration--this is an edited repeat post of maybe a year or two ago--came to me in a small vest-pocket-sized booklet of De Mello's final Meditations. Topic is 'love'...of course, being a Jesuit, he's an expert! Oh Yeah?
Please note that the following is an excerpt. It has to do with attachments to people, places, and things...mainly (I think) PEOPLE, and really needs the brief background of the chapter for true understanding:
From THE WAY TO LOVE, the last meditations of Anthony De Mello, page 58, slightly edited:
"....I will not longer say to my friend, 'How happy you have made me.' For in so saying I flatter her/his ego and manipulate her into wanting to please me again. And I give myself the illusion that my happiness depends on my friend. (What a responsibility for her to assume!) Rather I will say, 'When you and I met (meet, talk, write)...happiness arose.'
That leaves the happiness uncontaminated by her/his ego and mine. Neither of us can take credit for it. And that makes it possible for the two of us to part with no attachment to each other, or to the experience which our meeting generated, for we have enjoyed, not each other, but the symphony that arose up in our meeting......"
Peeps, I discern that inside happiness often manifests itself as an outward expression of my realization, my faith, that God is with us, and within us--each of us.
Please do not ask me how I know this.
I bet I'm gonna be sorry after I hit "PUBLISH POST".....but, here goes...NOW!
AT PEACE today!
Peeps! Live a good life...TODAY!