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Express Gratitude To Our Veterans
I don’t think we as a nation can celebrate our independence and our freedom without taking a pause to express our gratitude for our veterans.
As I ponder and consider the sacrifice you made for our country, I am always filled with awe. The oft said phrase, “Thank you for your service seems insufficient.”
As I ponder and consider not just the what, but the why, I cannot help but consider that the only force that exists in the world that has enough strength and power to enable someone to willingly walk into harm’s way is Love.
So, I would like to change that trite expression to say, “Thank you for loving us enough to lay down your life, to put your goals, your needs, and your desires, second to the call to service for your country.”
You responded and you served, whether or not our country was in the right or wrong. You followed orders you may well have not believed in. You formed a dynamic bond of brotherhood with strangers and sacrificed for them. Your life, for your time in the armed service, was a living demonstration of Love.
Now, as you have returned home to what should be a grateful nation, we the people for whom you walked through hell have failed you. For that I and I know many Americans are sorry.
Sadly, the honor and integrity that you demonstrated has not been returned by the body politic. You demonstrated your love for your country and we the people demonstrated selfishness failing to provide for you the help and support you needed to heal from the horrors we put you through.
It is not that we don’t know that “War is Hell.” After all that is a quote from General Sherman way back in the Civil War. It is that those who stayed at home don’t really understand what slogging through Hell does to the human spirt, to the heart, the mind, the emotions and the Soul.
So, they wrap their responses in platitude and patriotism without ever knowing or considering how little gratitude those hollow phrases show.
As this year the 4th of July comes around, and before those who have never walked in your boots speak their practiced phrases, I would like to offer this heartfelt thank you, to you, our veterans.
Thank you, although words fall short of honoring you for all that you did for me, for us, for the people of this great and yet sadly often flawed county.
You demonstrated Love, though you may have not been treated with Love by the very people you served.
You created brotherhood while walking through a ring of Hell that you neither created or were responsible for.
We, as a people have failed to demonstrate to you the Love and brotherhood which you so richly deserve. Perhaps it is that they do not understand. Perhaps it is because they are selfish and small minded. Perhaps it is because they grew up on emotionally manipulated media of what war is like. Perhaps it is their greed and self-involved short-slightness.
I ask that you once again take on the mantel of honor and service and forgive them for their callous and heartless ways…
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A Veterans Day message
– For Veterans who are experiencing challenges in their life because of the experiences of war.
Hi, I am Dan McTague, and I have included a short new meditation on this site for this Veterans Day to help center you in the power to reclaim your human nature after traumatic experiences. As a veteran, I understand the condition. As a spiritual teacher, I know how to recover the territory of ordinary human life that is surrendered in the process of fighting in a war.
Remember this, the soul is untouched by whatever befalls our personality life, up to and including death itself. Our inner power is eternal, limitless and is the essence of love – no matter how the outer material circumstances may indicate. This accessible truth, residing within you, is your key to the restoration of a damaged life…
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Listen To A Guided Meditation
James Daniel McTague and I wanted to give you something to listen to this Memorial Day, so we jumped on the phone and created a free guided meditation for you called “Experience Centering the Warrior Within.”
Listen to it below.