Teachings for Better Decision-Making

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

“The Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount are Jesus’ blueprint for peace. I urge everyone to study John Dear’s beautiful reflections and join his campaign of peace and nonviolence.” — Jimmy Carter

Fr. John Dear

Fr. John Dear

On March 18, Fr. John Dear will be our guest speaker and workshop presenter as part of our Season for Nonviolence. He will be sharing from his book, The Beatitudes of Peace. John Dear affirms that the God of peace is alive and at work among us, calling us to be his sons and daughters who work for true, lasting peace.

Elaine M. Bourne

Elaine M. Bourne

This coming Sunday, we are blessed to have Elaine Bourne as our guest speaker; she is one of the daughters that John is referring to. Elaine is a good friend of mine and the Director of the Community Mediation Services Program of Volunteers of America, Northern New England, a state-wide program designed to Transform Conflict and Preserve Relationships. She is an experienced mediator, facilitator and conflict resolution trainer. Don’t miss her message and workshop, Listening is an Act of Love. No coincidence that this is coming just ahead of Valentine’s Day.

On Sunday the message was taken from the Bhagavad Gita. The 700-plus verses that Krishna taught Arjuna on the battlefield that makes up the Bhagavad Gita is looked upon as the “manual of life.” Today it is used by many organizations for better management and is even included in the syllabus of some business schools.

Here are some of the lessons that Lord Krishna taught to Arjuna:

“Think with a calm mind: Undoubtedly, O Arjuna, the mind is restless and difficult to restrain, but it is subdued by any constant vigorous spiritual practice — such as meditation — with perseverance, and by detachment, O Arjuna.” (6.35)

“Our mind should be our friend: our mind is our enemy if we do not know how to control it. The first step to gain control on any situation is developing a clear, calm and collected mind.”

“Give up on results: You have control over doing your respective duty only, but no control or claim over the results. The fruits of work should not be your motive, and you should never be inactive.” (2.47)

“Doing our work sincerely and removing the expectations or attachment to results will make our life peaceful. Most of our decisions get affected because we wonder about their outcomes and consequences.”

“Treat everyone equally: A person is considered superior who is impartial towards companions, friends, enemies, neutrals, arbiters, haters, relatives, saints, and sinners.” (6.09)

“But that’s exactly what Lord Krishna says, treat everyone with the same lens of impartiality.”

Here are the rest:

• Be ready for change
• Act with conviction
• Say no to feelings of uncertainty
• Set high standards
• Achieving perfection
• Everything happens for a reason
• Trust your conscience

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey

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