Monday, March 3, 2008

If You Want To Experience God


If you want to experience God, Walk outside.
If you want to experience God, Walk back in.
If you want to experience God, Walk your dog.
If you want to experience God, Walk inside a Church.
If you want to experience God, Walk around a Temple.
If you want to experience God, Walk through a Synagogue.

If you want to experience God, Sit in a field of Clover.
If you want to experience God, Sit under an Oak Tree.
If you want to experience God, Sit on your Couch with your Family.
If you want to experience God, Sit at your Desk and Work.
If you want to experience God, Sit in a Doctor's office and wait for test results.
If you want to experience God, Sit in the Red Cross and Donate Blood.

If you want to experience God, Smell the scent of an Orange as you cut it to Juice.
If you want to experience God, Smell the fragrance in the air just after a violent storm.
If you want to experience God, Smell the aroma of a hastily cooked meal.
If you want to experience God, Smell the mingling of floral arrangements at the funeral of a child.
If you want to experience God, Smell the adolescent musk of a high school locker room.
If you want to experience God, Smell the abandonment in the SPCA.

If you want to experience God, Feel the hands of a newborn baby.
If you want to experience God, Feel the freedom of a teenager with a driver's license.
If you want to experience God, Feel the despair of postpartum depression.
If you want to experience God, Feel the rush of a milkshake brain-freeze.
If you want to experience God, Feel the disappointment of being "stood-up".
If you want to experience God, Feel the embrace of Newlyweds on an Altar.

If you want to experience God, Hold your new-born baby for the very first time.
If you want to experience God, Hold the hand of your grandmother in her Hospice room.
If you want to experience God, Hold a child awakened by a bad dream.
If you want to experience God, Hold your breath as your child's first pet dies.
If you want to experience God, Hold a warm bowl of soup in your hands.

If you want to experience God, Carry your son's luggage as he moves into his first dorm.
If you want to experience God, Carry boxes of clothing and books to the Salvation Army.
If you want to experience God, Carry a backpack of a learning disabled child.
If you want to experience God, Carry the backpack of a National Honor Society Student.
If you want to experience God, Carry the disappointment of the child who sits on the bench.
If you want to experience God, Carry the expectations of the high school MVP.

If you want to experience God: Walk, and Sit, Smell and Feel, Hold and Carry, and Experience God.

"Through working in harmony with life's circumstances, Taoist understanding changes what others may perceive as negative into something positive. Of course real progress involves growing and developing, which involves changing inside."

-Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

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