Category Archive: Reflections

March 21, 2020

‪This will not last forever. On the other side of it the sky will be bluer, the air will be cleaner, the water will be clearer; we will feel such joy just to feel the breeze on our skin and the sun on our faces. We will grieve what and who has been lost, but we will have been transformed in ways that are ultimately positive. We will have lost a certain innocence and gained a new maturity. We will be humbled and grateful in ways we might never have imagined. And we will be ready at last to set the world straight, for we will have ‬learned so painfully what it is like when it is not.

March 20, 2020

March 19, 2020

I have been acutely aware for many years that we take so much for granted. Maybe it’s partly because my parents took me traveling as a child, and I saw then what deep poverty looks like. One of the reasons I ran for president was because I felt people were oddly lacking in the sense of urgency that I feel is appropriate for these times. Well they’re not lacking it now! All the talk about trees and animals in China, the lack of medical and economic preparedness in the United States – so many ways in which our lack of reverence for people and animals and planet underlie the crisis we are living through now. But already you can see the forces of healing at work, not just in the immune systems of the people who are recovering, but in the heroism of the doctors and nurses, and the compassion people are showing in so many different ways. We are one big global family now. I hope you’ll participate in the global minute of prayer on Sunday – see previous post – and spread the word to everyone you know. We need a miracle now. We need a few of them. And they “occur naturally as expressions of love.”

March 18, 2020

Talk about heroes…And think how many of them have been and are being hampered in their work and put at personal risk because of the slowness and ineptitude of those who should have been there to support them. Reading some of the pleas from doctors online has been heartbreaking and infuriating. Let’s not forget to do as they ask, and keep them in our prayers…

March 18, 2020

I’m not normally the kind of person who posts pictures of my food, as anyone who knows me would attest. But what I’ll start doing now is posting pictures of where I am. I’m hunkered down with a dear friend whose apartment I happened to be visiting when the coronavirus craziness exploded a few days ago. I had been planning to fly back to Des Moines to pack up for a move to DC, but now such travel is on hold as we all know. Meanwhile my friend is someone I have known for over 35 years, a godfather to my daughter, and he has generously suggested I remain at his place for now. He is an interior designer and his home is beautiful. He has such an eye for beauty that even a bowl of tomatoes at his place looks like a work of art to me. But it’s more than that going on now, of course. I’m feeling the same things everyone else is feeling, and deeply aware that not everyone has the support of friends and family where they are now, much less find themselves in a beautiful environment for their time of self-imposed quarantine. Later today I will make another video, continue to download more meditations, and start downloading my reading A Course in Miracles. I have a deep realization of the gifts, however painful, that are brought to us by this crisis. But I also have a deep realization of the pain. This is a heartbreaking moment, and I think it is proper to admit that to ourselves. There were many, many people just barely holding on in their lives, and this will put some of them over the edge. Emotionally, physically, financially. There was overwhelming despair before this, and don’t get me wrong, the crisis brings a needed course-correction for our civilization on many levels that I’ll be discussing. But millions and millions of people are in panic now. A lot of us are very worried, but many others are abjectly terrified. If ever there was a time to think of people who are having a harder time than we are, it’s now. Dear God, To those who need You most, Please be there in the hour of their agony. And use the rest of us to help extend Your love at such an anguished hour as this. Thank you, God. Amen.

March 16, 2020

‪Doctors, nurses and scientists are Army ground troops. Government leaders and economists are the Navy. Spiritual practitioners and therapists are the Air Force.‬ It’s an integrative effort, and co-ordinating them all is the motivation behind them: to save lives, to continue the human race, to provide for a better future. Far too often we don’t think about those things in more than cursory ways, but boy we do now. All of a sudden we get that life is so precious. This is a horrible occurrence but it’s teaching us some valuable lessons. And with those lessons come our preparedness for miracles. With every loving thought we are co-creating a field of miracle- readiness. There’s a line in A Course in Miracles: “Miracles are everyone’s right but purification is necessary.” That is as true collectively as it is individually. It’s time to purify our civilization of the greed, the selfishness, the separation, the irresponsibility, the mean-spiritedness, the violence, the fear that is the spiritual pandemic of our age. Ridding the world of the disease within, it will be easier to heal the disease without.

March 13, 2020

As the world has slowed down in this almost eerie experience that the marvelous Sister Jenna calls “a global pause,” I’m having a most precious experience: a couple of days with my daughter, India. These are pictures of her through the years, one who she is now, one when she was a teenager, one when she was a little girl and we were visiting Egypt. Friends and family are so important now. The coronavirus is reminding all of us to savor what we have, to go deep at a moment when we’re not as free to go wide. And that’s a lesson in this sorrow. The French philosopher Blaise Pascal said that “Every problem in the world stems from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” We are being forced to be quieter than usual, and hopefully even in our fear and sadness we will discover some deeper wisdom. God knows there’s a lot of it to discover now – about ourselves, about our country, and about our world. More than anything, what are we doing with our lives? Not how long will they be, but how meaningful will they be? And who that we love could we love a little better, a little deeper, a little less selfishly? These are the questions which emerge in the quiet, that remind me of this line from Rilke: “Let me not squander the hour of my pain.”

March 12, 2020

When we really, really get that… the world will be a much better place.

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