“I believe that appreciation is a holy thing–that when we look for what’s best in a person we happen to be with at the moment, we’re doing what God does all the time. So in loving and appreciating our neighbor, we’re participating in something sacred.” ~Fred Rogers
I love this quote from Mr. Rogers–the man who taught many of us to enjoy and love our neighbors. He taught us that kindness and listening to others was important to living a happy life.
Have you ever considered that appreciating another person is a sacred practice?
When we look for positive aspects to appreciate in another, we are seeing people through the eyes of Source Energy/God/Infinite Intelligence. Source always and only sees us as precious, perfect, pure light beings. There is never, ever, any condemnation towards us. There is only perfect unconditional love and affection towards us from Source.
We only feel bad when we condemn or judge others, because we are not in alignment with our Inner Source. For our Inner Source never condemns nor judges anyone.
When we hold a person, our neighbor, as our focused point of attention and we see the good in them, the positive aspects of them–of their Inner Being–we are seeing them how Source sees them every moment and we get to share in that moment.We are sharing the mind and thoughts of Source at that moment! What a joy! What a delight!
We have created a sacred practice just by appreciating another person. We are participating in the Divine Oneness of All That Is!
Who are our neighbors?
Obviously, they are all around us. They are folks in our neighbor hood, in our schools, in our workplace, in our churches, synagogues, and temples. They are also the folks we see on the news in far away lands, or the next city, state or country.
Our neighbors are those we enjoy and support. They are, also, the ones we do not share common interests with or maybe even disagree with vehemently. As humanity, all of us are neighbors–even the difficult ones. We are all one. We are all connected by the fact that we all share the spirit of the Divine Source within.
Diversity of ideas, cultures, beliefs and ways of living is the high calling to expand humanity’s creative expression. Just because they don’t live like us or don’t believe what we’ve chosen to believe, doesn’t mean they are not loved and adored by Source. Guess what? Source loves and appreciates them just as much as us! Source plays no favorites. Source never condemns or withholds love from anyone–not even the ones we don’t like–or maybe even despise. Not one of us are broken or need some kind of salvation to gain the love of Source. We are all loved no matter the condition of our lives–that is how Source sees us and unconditionally loves us.
I love what His Holiness the Dalai Lama says about his difficult neighbors. Sacred friends is how he refers to those who try his patience and love the most, those who make it difficult to extend kindness to, those who are just plain difficult to love. These sacred friends are the ones that challenge him and help him grow the most. So, in that way, he knows they are sacred helpers on his path of enlightenment.
Let’s appreciatie our neighbors–in all their glory–then, we are participating in a sacred practice of seeing humanity as Divine Source sees us all!
All is Well!
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