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