NYC is under full alert!
The Pope is in town!
As a Jew, I never took particular interest in the Pope. But because I have been restricted to a small sector of NYC due to the papal traffic over the past few days…I have been forced to pay attention.
So yesterday, I watched the Pope address Congress and speak at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and address the UN.
In the last 40 years, has there been a spiritual force rearing his might like this Pope?
And there is no doubt, he’s got something special. The yogis call it Bhav. When you are around someone with Bhav, their words have a way of bypassing the intellect and touching you in a visceral way. Bhav is defined as the feeling of being immersed in the thought of God.
I don’t know about you, but when I hear this Pope speak, even though it’s usually translated from his native Spanish, it is…what is the word…ah…BEAUTIFUL!
He said, “Perhaps we need to ask ourselves: Are we capable of counting our blessings? Or have we forgotten them?”
But more than lifting the vibration of a city, and a government, and a nation, the Pope brings attention to reality.
He said, “…the life of a person is a land full of thorns and weeds…and there is always space in which the good seed can grow.”
95% of everyone I know is familiar with the “thorns.” Most people are dealing with some kind of dis-ease.. as it relates to money, mind, body, love, career, kids.
I want to be careful not to speak for you or anyone else. So I will share my personal experience and ask if you feel the same way.
1. Watching this Pope, I feel part of a global community. I feel closer to EVERYONE, every religion, even and especially the homeless Polish lady who lives in my subway stop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
The Pope said, “Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves. In a word, if we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities.”
I pass this homeless Polish lady every morning. I feel frustrated partly because I cannot imagine how she could possibly live like that…on the street…everyday. And I struggle to give her even $1.00 because how would that help? And I feel confused because I’ve heard her muttering words I can’t understand, so even if i tried to help her, would she make sense of it? BUT I HAVE NEVER EVEN TRIED!!!! I just walk her right by her everyday. Here’s the real question. Who’s sick in the head? Her? or ME?!
2. This Pope reminds me that the way out of suffering is NOT through aspiration but through inspiration. Yet, I am very focused on making more, buying more, moving UP.
As Pope Francis said, “I am happy that America continues to be, for many, a land of “dreams”. Dreams which lead to action, to participation, to commitment. Dreams which awaken what is deepest and truest in the life of a people.”
DEEPEST AND TRUEST is not richest and best.
In the pursuit of success, sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of the reality of the planet. You, I, we are living relatively comfortable lives. But half of the planet lives on less than $2.50 per day. You can go your whole life and really not have to think about that. That is a blessing and a curse.
It’s a blessing because we have won the lottery. We live a good life. Maybe a great life. We eat everyday. We have a bed. We are comfortable, if not bathing in splendor.
It’s a curse because you can’t really feel peace on your own.
-Peace is a feeling that comes through connection to the surrounding community.
-Deep peace comes through connection to the surrounding nation.
-Lasting peace comes through connection to the planet.
-Everlasting peace is releasing the need for carnal cravings.
There can be no peace until we get to know the homeless lady in the subway stop, and the dude living under the highway, not to mention the lonely grandma in the old age home.
I am thankful for this Pope who reminds us…our blood may be based on nationality and religion…But our souls have only one denomination: LOVE.