A Meditative Morsel…
Great rules were shared: take a sabbath day from gadgets, grocery shop within a budget, and spend more intentional time with one’s children were just a few.
We then looked at the 10 commandments from Exodus 20. I must admit, I had fun breaking them into diads and triad to see which of the commandments they could recall from memory. “Thou shalt not stone thy neighbor” was a creative version, I suppose, of “Thou shalt not kill.”
Here is a wonderful 21st Century version of the 10 Commandment for you to ponder. (Copied from the Religious Tolerance Website)
|Ten Commandments for the Third Millennium:Written by a person who would prefer to remain anonymous. It is obviously a religiously inclusive restatement of the Biblical Ten Commandments which would be acceptable to followers of most religions and to secularists as well:|
- Respect and worship any deity within your faith tradition, if you follow one. Value and support the right of others to do the same.
- Enjoy and support legal guarantees of freedom of religious belief, religious practice, assembly and speech for all.
- Do not use obscene speech in the name of the deities of any religion.
- Follow the guidance of your faith or secular tradition every day of the week, because every day is important.
- Help to establish social safety nets so that the very young, the elderly, the sick, mentally ill, physically disabled, unemployed, poor and broken will receive adequate medical attention and enjoy at least a minimum standard of living.
- Minimize the harm you do to others and yourself. Treat others as you would wish to be treated.
- Do not engage in sexual activity with another person, which is coercive, unsafe, manipulative, public, or outside of a committed monogamous relationship.
- Do not steal the property of others, except in case of emergency (and then only if you attempt to replace or pay for it later).
- Do not lie, either in or out of court. Be honest and truthful at all times.
- Attempt to be satisfied with your current standard of living; do not obsess over the possessions of others; that path leads to unhappiness.
So…By what rules do YOU live?
(And how’s that working for you? 😉 )