Day 7

Monday is Martin Luther King Day Here in the States. And it's a beautiful day to be reminded of and contemplate MLK's inspiring and hopeful message.

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear,” Martin Luther King, Jr. once said. He was a social activist and Baptist minister who played a key role in the American civil rights movement. He kept the company of Thich Nhat Hanh and was inspired by Mohandas Gandhi. Born in 1929 in Alabama, Martin was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 35.

He was assassinated at age 39, on the evening of April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee. He was to lead a protest march in sympathy with striking garbage workers of that city. His message of equality, love and peace lives on and continues to guide many peace lovers today.

"I am convinced that love is the most durable power in the world. It is not an expression of impractical idealism, but of practical realism. Far from being the pious injunction of a Utopian dreamer, love is an absolute necessity for the survival of our civilization. To return hate for hate does nothing but intensify the existence of evil in the universe. Someone must have sense enough and religion enough to cut off the chain of hate and evil, and this can only be done through love. -Martin Luther King, Jr., 1957 
Thank you for putting your spirituality first during this time of deep practice. I am practicing with you.

Love, Sarah

Sarah McLean
Director, Feast for the Soul, Inc.

P.S. To all those who have donated to keep the Feast alive, Thank you!
Meditation Teacher Highlight
Shahabuddin David Less is a meditation teacher, author, American mystic, and senior teacher (Murshid) in the  Sufi Order International . He is the founder and spiritual director of Rising Tide International, an interfaith spiritual community in Sarasota, Florida; co-founder of The Abrahamic Reunion, a multi-faith group of spiritual and religious leaders working together as peacemakers in Israel and Palestine; and serves as International Head of  The Universal Worship , a universal religion that honors and invokes all the world's religious and spiritual contributions to humanity. Shahabuddin is a Feast favorite has been offering meditations for the Feast since it was launched as a worldwide event in 2009. He travels the world as a peacemaker. Listen to this year's series, The Art of Quieting the Mind, meditations for the Feast, here .
Loving the Feast
One way to open your heart is to listen to music that inspires you. I'll leave you with this video of a song written and sung by a dear friend, Kathy Zavada. It's called Mother's Song.

Rev. Kathy Zavada is the spiritual leader at Unity of Oroville, California - a thriving spiritual community with a focus on the spiritual practices of meditation, prayer, chanting, selfless service, and commitment to living a mindful life awake to the presence of God. (You can also visit this link )
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