Sunday, September 6, 2009


Imagine your life, not as it is now or how it used to be, but imagine it the way love songs, fairy tales and bed time stories told you it was going to be. Imagine waking up one fine morning from a soft bed into luminous sunlight, beginning each day feeling warm, well fed, well loved and well cared for. Imagine moving effortlessly through your day, surrounded by the people you love, doing a job that leaves you with a sense of joy and accomplishment.
Imagine returning home at the end of your lovely day to a beautiful warm house filled with the smiling faces of those you truly love, good things to eat and evenings spent by a glorious fire, laughing with careless abandon. Imagine walking in a beautiful garden, just over a hill of constant torment, past the rocks of hurt and anger, over the brook of constant worry, past the weeds of intolerance and hatred, to a place of such perfect peace that even the ground feels soft and receptive beneath your feet. Turmoil and anguish disappear under a shady tree. Trouble never lived here and peace will never leave. No one ever grows old, no one ever becomes ill and no one ever dies. Welcome to the world of the hereafter-welcome to the Garden of Souls.

There is a Garden of Souls. It is not only a real and vibrant place, but it is closer than we imagine. It is where we once lived and it is also where we will return. It is a place we will see again only after our lifetime of struggle, hardship and hurt has earned us the reward of true and final peace.

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