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Seeking Enlightenment

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I love this and it very much echoes my own religious views. A few weeks ago, I asked people for recommendations for fiction authors. Someone suggested Nevada Barr. I couldn’t really get into any of her fiction books that I tried, but I did check out a book by her called “Seeking Enlightenment Hat by Hat: A Skeptics Path to Religion”. I really like books like this, even though I know they aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. Anyway, I love these three paragraphs and wanted to share:

“I can’t know what will happen when I get around to shuffling off this mortal coil. That must be left in the hands of God. Not knowing the unknowable, I cannot prepare for it….What I can do is prepare my little corner of earth so that should He come to me in any form, He would be met with kindness and generosity, His creations taken care of to the best of my ability, His creatures, two- and four-legged, treated with respect. Attempting to echo, in my small human way, His grace is much harder than seeking a more esoteric heaven.

Since I cannot realistically seek Him in the afterlife or the cosmos, I will keep my eye out for Him in the neighborhood, try to be ever vigilant, assuming that everyone from the pizza delivery girl to the guy with the obnoxious all-terrain vehicle could be Him, or at least of Him. I will cultivate blessings and grace in the dirt of my garden, the words of my friends, the eyes of my dogs.

Then, when I die, should I fail to sneak through those pearly gates, I shall, at the very least, already have had a small taste of the love and joy said to abide there.”

Anyway, like I said. I just love that. Treat everybody like God. Treat everything like you are taking care of it for God. And in so doing, you will make your life pretty heavenly.

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