The world is but a show, vain and empty, a mere nothing, bearing the semblance of reality. Set not your affections upon it. (Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 328)
I have so many attachments to this physical world and I see that they are holding me back. I’m attached to the area where I live; I’m attached to my beliefs, even when they are wrong or hurting me. I’m attached to relationships I’ve outgrown. I’m attached to my lifestyle. I’m attached to the way I teach and serve. I’m attached to my comfort zone. I’m attached to the lies I tell myself. I don’t know how to let go. This quote tells me none of it matters. It’s all just a chimera.
What’s real is the world of the spirit. What’s real is my relationship to God and His desire to have me draw closer to Him. What’s real are the virtues that I’m acquiring which will serve me well in the next world. What’s real is my prayer life.
I love the prayer of the Bab which starts “I beg Thee to forgive me, O my Lord, for every mention but the mention of Thee, and for every praise but the praise of Thee . . .” (Baha’i Prayers, p. 79). It tells me what’s really important.
Remembering to let go of my attachment to the world, I am grateful.
What jumped out for you as you read today’s meditation? I’d love it if you would share so we can all expand our knowledge of the Writings!
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