I am a buddhist who loves (Christian) sacred music. And I am a member of the chancel choir of the Dunbar Heights United Church in Vancouver.
We all know that Good Friday – Easter Sunday is about the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. This Ester I was able to draw learnings from it for better living. It makes me think about my behaviours, doings, ways of thinking that do not support in making this world a better place. I now see crucifixion as a symbol to put an end to all these useless deeds. Resurrection is about bringing forth the compassion and unconditional love to all within me. Wait a minute! Unconditional love. What does that mean? And how am I to love unconditionally? Have I loved unconditionally?
Let’s start to peel the onion, a layer at a time.
Layer 1: So I learned Jesus associated with everyone and anyone. He dined with the rich and poor, the good and the bad, the young and the old, those with health and those with illness. I am sure he dined with members of GBLT of his days. He welcome anyone that came to him.
Layer 2: For him to be able to be with all probably means that he had absolutely no judgement of those that came to him. I bet he had the ability to see the flame of good in everyone (good or evil). In other words, he was able to hold everyone big and able.
Layer 3 : And finally he forgave all those that had trespasses against him. And I also think most likely he was able to love for those who condemned him and nailed him to death.
O my God…. This is getting bigger and bigger and YET, it appears very simple. Love and forgive all! DAUNTING.
I think my first step could be working on forgiving all those that I feel had done me wrong(big or small). I think for now, that could be a precursor to unconditional love? To make this powerfully sticky (like the dog poo you stepped on or the chewing gum you sat on), I need to look that the values behind forgiveness.
I think forgiveness will lead to less negative mind chatting>letting go of grudges>less anger>less judgement>peace> freedom> lightness>happiness>openness> inclusive of all> …….. It is looking like there is a lot of good values in letting go of grudges!
I will work on forgiving small stuff first. One baby step at a time.
Suggestions and tips welcome.