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December 30, 2019

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by Seijaku Roshi

I continue with cancer occupying my body.

Unsure of the future I remain determined to defeat that which aims to defeat me.

I remain confident that God, Whom I, ever since I was seven years old, am convinced lives in me and in all sentient beings will, along with my conviction be the source of my healing.

I believe in miracles.

I remain devoted to being an instrument of Love, Kindness, Compassion, and Benevolent Service.

I continue to believe in the power of Love over Hatred, Kindness over Indifference, Service over Sloth.

I am supported by the very best friends, family, brother and sister monks, and community.

I am inspired by the numbers of people I meet each day who too carry more than anyone should have to carry.

I am inspired by the readiness of those who suffer, to forget themselves to help others who suffer too.

I remain convinced that there is so much more goodness in the world than we are lead to believe.

It is for that reason I limit my exposure to cable and social news media outlets.

I reject living in fear and practice faith, hope, and always looking for the best in others.

I see underpaid caretakers going to their jobs caring for people like my Mother with dementia and the elderly too ill to care for themselves.

I am humbled by their sincere devotion.

I am prayerful, I believe in the power of prayer.

I am hopeful for the future, I believe in the power of humanity, in light over darkness.

I remain awe struck by Nature. Our Mother remains so beautiful, so benevolent, despite how some continue to harm her or take her for granted.

I believe in the power of forgiveness. I forgive all my offenders and ask that whomever I may have offended forgive me.

In this New Year coming upon us, I expect more acts of kindness, more expressions of affection, more generosity, more benefits of the doubt, and gentleness.

We Are More Together Than Alone – Let Community be “The Spirit, The Guiding Light” of 2020 and beyond.

I Love You,

Seijaku Roshi

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