Category Archives: Images

Love is the New Religion

Rose © Susan Slotter

Below are a few sections of Brian Piergrossi’s poem “Love is the New Religion” from his book The Big Glow. Of course, there is nothing new about love being “the way.” And it has taken humanity a long time to get to this  place of it becoming the priority in order to survive and thrive!

They say “the longest journey is from the head to the heart…”

On the surface of the world right now there is war and violence and things seem dark
But calmly and quietly, at the same time, something 
else is happening underground
An inner revolution is taking place and certain individuals 
are being called to a higher light
It is a silent revolution
From the inside out
From the ground up…

…We are slowly creating a new world with the
power of our minds and hearts…

…We are dropping soft, secret love bombs when no one is looking:
Poems
Hugs
Music
Photography
Movies
Kind words
Smiles
Meditation and prayer
Dance
Social activism
Websites
Blogs
Random acts of kindness

We each express ourselves in our own unique ways
with our own unique gifts and talents

‘Be the change you want to see in the world’
That is the motto that fills our hearts
We know it is the only way real transformation takes place
We know that quietly and humbly we have the power
of all the oceans combined…

Love is the new religion of the 21st century…

…All are welcome
The door is open 

Read the poem in its entirety

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Prayer for the New Year

I have been reading this prayer every morning in this New Year, and thought it might be inspiring to others. It is by Joyce Rupp, from her book Fresh Bread: and Other Gifts of Spiritual Nourishment. It feels especially relevant on this new day that the Inauguration marks for us:

Bosque Del Apache © 2008 Susan Slotter

Come to meet me, God of life,
reach into the mystery of my self.
Take me into the heart of this year
and give me the confidence to
journey freely, lovingly, with risk,
wonder and laughter.
Amen.

A New Day – Varanasi, India

After returning home from a month in Varanasi, India in 1989, this image was striking to me because of the essence of peace it carries. Anyone who has been to Varanasi (Benares) knows that walking on the steps of the Ganges at sunrise is far from peaceful, with throngs of tens of thousands of people engaged in a myriad of daily morning rituals. But the image conveys a truth – that deep inner peace is possibVaranasi Prayer © 1989 Susan Slotterle in the middle of chaos.

This beautiful old woman was standing in the water, scooping water into a brass pot, raising it above her head, and pouring the water back into the Ganges from which it came. So much reverence for the sources of life: the rising sun, the water, God.

People who know I worked for 7 straight months on a creative project to bring positive energy to Barack Obama’s campaign ask if I was elated when the results came in. Actually, I felt like this image. Still. Filled with gratitude for the opportunity for a new day, over and over issuing a prayer of “thank you.”

This image feels timely for this moment. No matter what chaotic cacophony is going on around us, we can (must!) find our inner center, the still point in the middle of the vortex of life forces swirling around us.

This images takes me to Rumi’s poem, Clear Bead:

The clear bead at the center
changes everything.
There are no edges
to my loving now…


(Visit the www.ChooseToUnite website to see the inspired music video, and the Choose To Unite Blog to read my Nov. 5  Hallelujah! Our New President! posting.)