Interfaith Harmony Week February 3, 2019 Posted February 3, 2019 by admin@interfaith


The Interfaith Peace Project is pleased to offer you prayer reflections for each day of Interfaith Harmony Week, February 1-7.

Taoist Reflections

J. Plurkowski

Three Great Treasures

“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These are your three greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return
To the source of your being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
You accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
You reconcile all beings in the world”

Lao Tzu
Tao Te Ching #46



Living with simplicity entails being true to yourself and others.
By being “simple in actions and thoughts” there are few or no
things that clog your mind and heart. You discard all the
inessential stuff that makes life complicated and burdensome.
Thus you “return to the source of your being” – your authentic self,
Your life purpose, your inner vision. You become attuned to
yourself and the world around you.


Through simplifying your life, you cultivate patience since there
are fewer distractions and unnecessary pressures. You
become more patient with others because you are more in
tune with yourself. You are not split between your mind, heart
and a thousand things. You are focused and receptive to life
situations and people around you. You “accord with the way things are.”


You start by being ‘”ompassionate toward yourself.” Stop
Meandering doubts, negative thoughts and criticism. Accept
And give space to yourself. You are not perfect in the eyes of
The world but you are perfect in the eyes of the universe. – It
just takes a wider perspective. By allowing simplicity, cultivating
patience and being compassionate toward yourself, you will
spread out your attention away from self-focused inner
conversations and widen your peripheral vision to include others.

You “reconcile all beings in the world.” This is a very interesting notion.
Lack of compassion comes from a sense of separateness. That others are
Different – they are not me. They are a potential threat to my scarce resources,
self-image and freedom. Compassion on the other hand arises out of seeing yourself
being on the same boat with others. You see yourself, together with your needs,
misguided worries, in others. Others become a reflection of yourself. Hence through
compassion you reconcile all beings in the world as you recognize they are connected
together in the web of life rather than separate entities in a disconnected world.

Gilbert Ross reflection


Watch your thoughts, they become words;
Watch your words, they become actions;
Watch your actions, they become habits;
Watch your habits, they become your character;
Watch your character it becomes your destiny.
Lao Tzu

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