you can choose where you abide
“….there’s a place to go where the eagles fly high, the rivers run deep, the grass is lush. In that place there is peace and kindness, no violence nor intolerance. Whenever solace and rest are needed, this internal heaven can be right here and right now or we can allow it to carry us a million miles away. Joyfully, in that space the good vibrations of the soul embrace a higher calling.” (1)
“Most of the world religions have some concept of heaven and hell. Why? Because human freedom matters. We have to be given the freedom to say no to love and life, and one word for that is hell.” Fr. Richard Rohr (2)
LIFE…yes life can be heaven or hell. It’s a choice each human must make regardless of religious affiliation or lack thereof because it has nothing to do with religion or faith or concepts of God. This choice is life’s golden ticket. Have you ever been amazed by the man standing on the corner with a cardboard sign asking for food or work and upon talking to him realizing that this man is happier than you are in your comfort and material security? Or, conversely, speaking to your wealthy neighbor at the grocery store who is buying steaks and lobsters for a Sunday dinner hosting twenty relatives and she is absolutely distraught because her investments earned only $125,000 last year? Heaven or hell – we choose where we spend life.
Why spend precious ‘now’ moments reliving past transgressions, reviewing years-old grudges against others, fearing the current political scene, comparing yourself to the Joneses next door who just bought a new Mercedes, feeling angry because your co-worker, Mary, got the promotion you wanted? STOP! just stop and look at the roses in your garden, the great kids or the terrific spouse you have, the reliable pickup truck parked in your driveway. When the last breath is drawn, that stuff and those resentments will not matter. What will matter is how the miraculous gift of life was used to serve and to enjoy. We choose how we use life, whether we opted to spend it in heaven or hell.
Living in a state of awe and amazement over the multitude of blessings bestowed is not only for monks and mystics. We, too, can participate. It’s our choice. How we communicate, how we conduct our interactions, what mindset we entertain will be our heaven or hell. We must be very conscious of where we allow the mind to traverse. Much of the world seemingly opts for a life lived in hell. Why?
“As we observe our politics, antagonism appears to be the primary style of communication today—how to fight and win, how to be suspicious, how to be hateful, how to tell lies. Who can we exclude now? Which race, religion, or group is unworthy? (All in the name of God, remember!) That’s simply hell right now.” Fr. Richard Rohr (2)
(1) GOOD VIBRATIONS