“The Way is in the Heart, Not in the sky.” This is one of the Buddha’s most inspiring quotes.
It sounds romantic to think that there is true power in the heart.
War is on the news. Fighting is on the streets. Stress is everywhere.
What power does the heart have in this world?
It reminds me of a Shakespearean sonnet. . .
“Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea,
But sad mortality o’ersways their power,
How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea
Whos action is no stronger than a flower?
Shakespeare was speaking of mortality. But his words speak equally about love. How with the rage of the world shall love hold a plea, with action no stronger than a flower?
Yet flowers do have strength. They may die, but their seeds populate the earth.
Another Buddha Quote tells us . . .
“A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”
Today I sat with a cup of coffee and watched the memorial service (I am writing this on the 11th of November). Here, as clear as ever, was the truth of which Buddha spoke.
Lives were lost in the war. Humanity is forever indebted to the brave soldiers who fought for our freedom. Here was the darkest of times, yet out of the madness of war rose love. Flowers were laid. Hearts were stirred. A world was reminded not of the evil of humanity, but of the bravery, of the strength with which soldiers risked all for their family, their home, their countries.
As storm clouds shed rain that nurtures the earth, those soldiers shed blood that protected, sustained and nurtured humanity.
A strong loving heart has, at some point in life, healed every one of us.
But in comes the world again. War, fighting, stress, loss, grief. . . they turn warm hearts cold.
Always remember, friends, the way is in the heart not in the sky.
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