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“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

As you well know, we live in some very challenging times. These challenges are greater for some than for others, it seems, but never less the challenges are there, no matter who we are.

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With this all of this how, do we show love and affection for ourselves or for others? Depending on whom you talk to, read from or are taught from the most important aspect would read something like this:

No matter what events transpire in this world or our lives, it is up to US as individuals to stay true to a place of calm and assurance within ourselves so that our souls, minds and bodies each have a refuge upon which each can depend.

If we each find this and nurture this within ourselves we will OUR world and the world of those to whom we are each connected can be at peace and each feel the love, compassion, protection and hope that we all long for.

There is no doubt that with all the will in the Universe, none of us are getting any younger. We eventually run out of steam a bit sooner than we once did. This is the nature of life and a road we must take to get to the other side but it can be a peaceful one when we each find this love and acceptance for ourselves.

Personally, I am thankful for the timeless truth that is within us all that in the midst of a changing, violent world, is forever unchanged, untroubled, and at peace, a source of love that never fails.

I share this with all that I am connected to, my family, friends and strangers I meet each day for after the meeting they are strangers no more.

Goodnight and God bless each of you and all of those to whom you are connected to or will ever be!