Compassion is the key to the life that you truly dream of: to love and to be loved. Every core practice of the mystic path, from mindfulness to social action, from invocation to meditation, from gathering in sacred circles to street organizing, have the power to effect personal or social transformation to the exact degree that they are inspired and informed by compassion. Nothing alters this basic orientation of the Universe: for the act of creation itself began as a movement of compassion: Love hungered for love: Love created out of the compassionate need to give and give and give: to give endlessly... We mirror Love when we respond to life -- to the moments as they occur -- with love-in-action: compassion. Compassion is the essence of the Holy One: "Boundlessly Compassionate, Boundlessly Merciful": without end, without limits... The mystic-activist intuits / experiences this great truth and makes it the centerpiece of her / his new life of radiance: compassion becomes her religion, compassion becomes his politics... Compassion is the "bridge" spanning the gulf of the isolated self to the Paradise of Unity with all beings, with all creation, and with the Holy One in all Her Beauty, Mystery, and Majesty...
In the final analysis, all that will have mattered about our lives are those moments in which we ceased to exist in ourselves and lived only for another... so if you are still breathing, you still have time...
Robert Daniel Smith was privileged to serve the homeless and marginalized for 30 years in Salinas, California. Together with his wife, Michelle, they founded an intentional community called the 'Companions of the Way', also in Salinas. Robert and Michelle are community organizers, Catholic Worker renegades, sacred activists, writers, poets, artists, Divine Mother devotees, and practitioners of Kriya Yoga as taught by Rev. Ellen Grace O'Brian of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. Michelle is also a Montessori public school teacher. Robert is also an ordained Interfaith Minister.