Sunday Church No. 17

"The most precious gift you can give to the one you love is your true presence." - Thich Nhat Hanh from "True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart"
“The most precious gift you can give to the one you love is your true presence.” – Thich Nhat Hanh from “True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart”

Photograph taken in Aruba by Kenny Thiesen of Timeless Pixx.

Basic Goodness

Buddha at the Butterfly Farm, Aruba

In my first Contentment in Everyday Life class, a prerequisite to The Way of Shambhala series of courses, our teacher Jude Robison spoke about “basic goodness.”  Her explanation of this phrase immediately brought up within me a flurry of ideas – hell and damnation, fire and brimstone, original sin, guilt, fear, repentance, atonement, the cloaked-in-red-pitchfork-carrying-devil…  Jude’s eternally optimistic face and oozing basic goodness snapped me back to the present.  She taught us that basic goodness is something we all share.  However, sometimes we can become disconnected from it.

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