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Beginning

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This is the moment of embarking.
All auspicious signs are in place.

In the beginning, all things are hopeful. We prepare ourselves to start anew. Though we may be intent on the magnificent journey ahead, all things are contained in the first moment: our optimism, our faith, our resolution, our innocence.

In order to start, we must make a decision. The decision is a commitment to daily self- cultivation. We must make a strong connection to our inner selves. Outside matters are superfluous. Alone and naked, we negotiate all of life’s travails. Therefore, we alone must make something of ourselves, transforming ourselves into the instruments for experiencing the deepest spiritual essence of life.

Once we make our decision, all things will come to us. Auspicious signs are not a superstition, but a confirmation. They are a response. It is said that if one chooses to pray to a rock with enough devotion, even that rock will come alive. In the same way, once we choose to commit ourselves to spiritual practice, even the mountains and valleys will reverberate to the sound of our purpose.

(Deng Ming-Dao)

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  • laura gray

    do not agree that “It is said that if one chooses to pray to a rock with enough devotion, even that rock will come alive.” Jesus said that if the people did not praise God the rocks would cry out, but that is not the same as them coming to life.
    Nor can I accept “Once we make our decision, all things will come to us.” Too many times I have heard this said in
    evangelical circles, and by pulpit pounding preachers, but the truth is that we must accept the will of God. I could pray for riches and receive nothing, but if I pray to have God’s will always present in my life I become more heavenly minded and God’s gifts flow.

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