Blessing must arise from within your own mind. It is not something that comes from outside. When the positive qualities of your mind increase and the negativities decrease, that is what blessing means. The Tibetan word for blessing … means transforming into magnificent potential. Therefore, blessing refers to the development of virtuous qualities you did not previously have and the improvement of those good qualities you have already developed.
― Dalai Lama XIV
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Losing the ego?
Oh, and I forgot, another place to lose it is in a nursing home or hospice. I am working with a WW2 Vet, who is in nursing home, for three years. I wheel him down to Mass every Tues. and Thurs. and even though I am not Catholic, usually I sit in with him. I really like the sweet Nigerian priest. He was quite a hero as a combat medic in Okinawa and was injured and received his Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He did not want to kill anybody, so he became a medic. Afterwards, he used a GI Bill to go to Northwestern then to grad. school at University of Chicago. He worked on Civil Rights and wrote the Equal Opportunity Act,I interviewed him for the Library of Congress, and got to know him very well. I used to brag on him a lot, as I would help him go on outings to concerts especially. Lately he asked me to quit praising him, as he does not like feeling any pride, as it would "disturb his relationship with Jesus and Mother Mary. I asked the priest about this and he quoted a verse about why not to get to "swelled up". Now, I understand that Finney has gone beyond his ego. He is living almost completely in the Spirit World, and about ready to move to hospice which is within the same nursing home.