Loving greetings and welcome to one of my favorite months of the year and it’s theme, Share the Love, Share the Light, Share the Wealth. It’s Friendship Month, and what a joy it is to gather with a community of spiritual friends who inspire, encourage and support one another on the path. The Buddha considered the sangha—the Sanskrit word for spiritual community—to be one of the Three Jewels of spiritual practice. How blessed we are to gather together each week to pray, learn, and celebrate. May this blessing fill your hearts as deeply as it does my own.
The topic on October 8, 2017, was Growing Holy Relationships, Part II. The touch of friendship in its physical, emotional, and spiritual expressions is Spirit’s love, compassion, and grace made tangible in our lives. Wise are those who call upon those qualities during times of challenges with friends, as they allow us to practice deep listening, forgiving, and loving—both of our friends and ourselves. Such a holy relationship is a powerful mirror, reflecting back to us our evolutionary progress.