Have you ever had the opportunity to surrender
in every sense of the word
to the absolute delight of love?
Have you ever lost your breath into the breath of another?
Have you ever gazed out upon a perfect scene and knew yourself to be truly at home on this precious blue Planet?
Have you ever with no need of thought knew yourself to be One with the Infinite?
Have you ever experienced a moment one moment as everlasting -- and fully realized that it perfectly summarized your every possibility for Love?
Five questions: each requiring your answer: your honest answer. If you have answered five times with a definitive "Yes!" -- you may consider your life as radiant with blessing, meaning, and purpose! If your five times answer has a gap, or two, or three or more: you are not a failure -- but you must consider yourself a seeker (and it is very good to be a seeker...)
But that seeking begs one more question: how is it, exactly, that you are seeking? This question is perhaps the most important of all! All genuine seeking begins and ends in the good of another: nothing is about "you": when "you" find your joy in serving, lifting, and loving another: your soul will be served, your heart will be lifted, and your love will be set loose to love without limits! Then your days will simply circle back in so many creative ways to answer those first five questions: with an everyday radiance and the absolute delight of love...
So, as a seeker, strategize with your possibilities! Seek out opportunities to give without receiving anything obvious in return. Seek those living on the margins -- invisible to you and to nearly everyone else -- become a friend to at least one of these persons (without trying to change, rescue, or save him / her). Seek out places of refuge, of quiet, and of peace: become a refuge: cultivate an interior garden of quiet: become a witness for and a builder of peace. Seek elders who have turned gray with a calm courage and yet have not lost their ability to play: listen to them. Seek space for a garden, a work of art, and a song or a poem. These five essential, core, "seekings" are oftentimes overlooked: yet in finding them, you will have found answers to your every question, and each of those answers will point to the One Love before / beyond / within both question and answer... and then you can simply relax into the endless giving... for that is what everything is all about...
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.