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Living Life More Abundantly

Over the course of the past week or two I have had a kind of reunion with an old friend, the author, R. H. Blyth, whose book," Haiku: Eastern Culture" has had a profound influence on my life.

Today, I found the following quote from Blyth on this site:

“The sun shines, snow falls, mountains rise and valleys sink, night deepens and pales into day, but it is only very seldom that we attend to such things. . . . When we are grasping the inexpressible meaning of these things, this is life, this is living. To do this twenty-four hours a day is the Way of Haiku. It is having life more abundantly.”

I was reminded of an interview I did several years ago with Episcopal Bishop, John Shelby Spong. Responding to one of my questions, Spong said, "I do think we human beings experience transcendence,.. Part of what it means to be human is that periodically you go beyond then boundaries of your humanity and you touch something - you don't know how to process it - but you know its bigger than you are. Its timeless - its eternal. Those are moments that are always going on. To enter those moments - that is what faith is."

Continuing, Spong said, "Jesus didn't say, 'I have come to make you religious.' He said. 'I've come that you might have life and that you might have it abundantly.'"

Entering each moment faithfully is the Way of Haiku - and can be the way of faith. Enter the moment - live your life abundantly.