One challenge that always seems to reoccur in my life, is recognizing and accepting that I am not perfect! My type AA personality often gets in my way.As I mature/age I’d say that I’m doing better, at one time I would have been a triple A. I’m working at whittling it down. =^_^=. A devoted and 100% practicing Taoist, I was overcome with a wonderful emotion of community when I first attended a PL service. (Perfect Liberty) I was very fortunate that the minister at the time I visited the church was one, Rev. Takashi Goto. I was never a church goer but over the years I had attended Christian services before and was very interested in finding out that this was nothing like I had ever experienced before.
For the first time ever, I heard and felt my beliefs and connection to God/TAO expressed in a way that spoke to me and said…”The philosophy here is mine”. I was able to have meaningful and thought provoking conversations with Rev. Goto, that expanded and nourished my connection to the Universe. The encounter dusted off some of the forgotten lessons I’d learned in the past, and swept out the dust bunnies in corners of the “room” I was residing int. He had words in Japanese that were totally unfamiliar to me, but explained, I understood. I began to revisit places in my mind that had been forgotten or neglected. My connection with God/TAO grew stronger, and continues to grow stronger each and every day. He would say ” we must put “makoto” in everything we do and say”… he reinforced something I’ve tried to do all my life (not always succeeding)… No matter how small the task, or light hearted the conversation, when we practice makoto in everything we do and say, when a challenges reappears in our lives, we will handle it with a new perspective.
Rev. Goto is now Senior Minister with the church in NY City firstname.lastname@example.org