The Nourishing Thought:  “Be kind whenever possible;  it is always possible.”  Dalai Lama 

Words of Wisdom:  “Being nice to someone you don’t like doesn’t mean you are fake.  It means you are mature enough to tolerate your dislike for them.” 

“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people.  A nation does no have to be cruel to be tough.”  Franklin D. Roosevelt 

“Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you, not because they are nice but because you are.  Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home!”

Sermon, January 13, 2019 

The Dali Lama is a holy man to Tibetan Buddhists.  He is recognized by most other religions as a wise and spiritual person.  Even though he is in exile in India he is still considered the leader of the Tibetan sect.  Every day he sends messages to his people, and he usually includes this quote every time:  THE purpose of our lives is to be happy. 

We hear that from Jesus as well.  He taught “rejoice, rejoice always, rejoice even though we face challenges to joy.  So, how many of us act on this tenet?  Do we rejoice always?  Do we know we are meant to be happy?   

One of the many ways we can be happy, we can rejoice, is through emotional intelligence. 

 Now, we all know what mental intelligence is...being smart, being wise, making good and right decisions for ourselves and others. 

We also know what physical intelligence to care for our own bodies through eating right, exercising, sleeping well, and avoiding drugs and alcohol. 

But what about emotional intelligence?  What is it?  It is the ability and willingness to be empathetic with others and yourself.  It means recognizing all others experience the same moods, responses, and needs that you do, and then be aware when those experiences happen to others.  To have empathy you are willing to understand and to share the feelings of another person.  It also includes the ability to put yourself in another’s position and frame of reference.  The native Americans said it like this:  do not complain about another until you walk in his moccasins. 

Emotional intelligence is related to a higher consciousness.  Higher consciousness is that part of being human that is capable of transcending our animal instincts.  In comparison, lower consciousness is an awareness of and focus on our animal instincts of hunger, thirst, pain, pleasure, as well as basic drives for safety, security, and a sense of belonging.  A higher consciousness is also aware of these instincts but it does not focus on them.  A higher consciousness leads us away from a self-centered existence to a spiritual existence where our God, and our God’s core values, direct our behavior.  Higher consciousness is the next ladder up in human existence which makes us eager to seek and experiece spirituality.  In other words, when we develop our higher consciousness we know and can relate to a power and an energy that is larger and longer lasting than we are;  we call that God.  All humans, who can willingly put aside self-interest at times for the benefit of others are in truth seeking a higher or a God consciousness. 

To further our God consciousness, our higher state of being, involves sharing.  For example, we come to church to share the joy of communion with each other and our shared God.  It also involves each of us living each day, and encouraging others to live the primary universal God morals of love, kindness, compassion, gentleness, and peace. These living traits have far more to do with God than do dogma, doctrine, creeds, formulas, or literal readings of scripture.  If we are true believers in God and the risen Christ spirit, then we should want and desire to nourish the minds and hearts of one another so we grow and change together toward a higher existence for us all.   

It’s not hard.  Every simple act of kindness, especially to others we often deem unworthy, are the most powerful actions we can take on behalf of our loving Lord.  Every single act of kindness leads directly to and adds to our own divine-ness, our God consciousness, our higher state of being. 

We only need to have loving attitudes towards all, and to act on God’s rightness, to experience God’s kingdom on earth right now!    

Are you happy?  Do you rejoice always?  If not, try living a different way.  It is a choice.  Amen     


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