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There is beauty all around — despite differences of belief.

This is the good news.

I had never seen so much blood as the night our second child was born.

The good news

Spiritual traditions all over the world have taught about this state of joy and generosity using metaphors and the language of their time. Buddha taught about awakening, Muhammad taught about submission, and Moses taught about entering the presence of God.

Temporary blissful centerings

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”—Rumi

  • Cuddling a newborn child or grandchild
  • Playing games — with children, with friends, with anybody who is fully engaged with the game
  • Listening to powerful music
  • Playing music, the supreme bliss
  • Reading any novel or poem slowly, deliciously, totally absorbed
  • Writing a draft of something that feels good
  • Working many hours with marvelously collegial friends
  • Teaching a class when the discussion goes right
  • Looking at a flower, or a shimmering lake, or a magnified photo of an insect, or a rainbow flash from a prism, feeling a flood of gratitude
  • Lighting a well-laid fire … staring at the flames as they mount
  • Attending Catholic mass in a tiny chapel in Flavigny, France, singing the hymns, reveling in the deeply probing sermons by the priest who has welcomed us even though he knows that we are Mormons
  • Meditating silently in Quaker Meeting, surrounded by friends who interrupt only infrequently to report what their spirit dictates
  • Attending the bat and bar mitzvahs of grandkids Emily and Aaron — total “spiritual elevation” or “religious ecstasy”
  • Singing the Mormon hymn “Come, Come, Ye Saints” at my missionary homecoming service