Jeff Foster is my newly invited guest on ‘The Dawn Within’. After studying Astrophysics at Cambridge University, and belonging to no tradition or lineage, Jeff embarked on an intensive spiritual quest for the ultimate truth of existence. After the recognition of his true nature dawned on him, Jeff began sharing his understanding and became an author and a teacher. He now holds meetings and retreats around the world, and has published several books in over 15 languages. You will find ample informations about Jeff in his website ‘Life Without a Centre’.
I like Jeff Foster’s simple and compassionate approach to truth, and the quality, the poetry of his writing. I have chosen to share here one of his texts called ‘A Secret Love Affair with Life’. I liked this story full of wit and humour, where one is invited to see how life, in its most simple, humble expressions, holds at its core qualities such as eternity, humility, intimacy, spontaneity, gratitude, play, celebration. I have added the following piece by Jeff on gratitude, which seemed to be the perfect introduction to his text. I hope you enjoy…
“This moment is sacred,
because it’s all there is.
Memories of moments gone
and the dream of moments to come
both arise in this moment,
held in an unconditional embrace
that this moment
is the source, the wellspring,
the place where life happens,
the origin and the destination
of your pounding heart.
Breathe into the sacredness,
celebrate the aliveness of things,
and go about your day.
It is never too late
~ Jeff Foster
A Secret Love Affair With Life
Part I – Doing The Dishes
I’m at home. The washing up is being done. All that exists in the universe is the chinking of plates, the glistening of bubbles, and the whoooossshhh of water as it shoots out of the tap. The washing of dishes fills all available space.
This bowl is particularly dirty. It’s covered in dried breakfast cereal and will take ages to clean.
The phone rings. The bowl is put down, rubber gloves are removed, and kitchen is replaced by living room. Kitchen sink and dirty dishes are replaced by sofa and table and phone. “Hello?” […]