True friends are the ones who never leave your heart, even if they leave your life for a while. Even after years apart, you pick up with them right where you left off, and even if they die they’re never dead in your heart. Unknown
Meditation: It is so difficult to lose friends or loved ones. When friends or loved ones move and start living in different cities, states or even countries there is still this special bond, but the daily connection and interaction is no longer possible. Some relationships are being forgotten and fade away when physical distance becomes a factor. However, some relationships move to another level. Similarly when a beloved person dies, we humans respond either by forgetting about the person, or we take the relationship to another level. This new level can be understood as a spiritual bond that we are forming. Friends who are departing now become an internal reality as much as they had initially been an external reality. When relationships are being transcended in time and space onto this new spiritual level, it becomes a powerfully new experience of loving and connecting. These are the friends who we only see every few years, but it feels like we have been together just yesterday. This is because each side has kept a space open in their heart for the other. Similarly when a friend or loved one dies, we can keep a space open in our heart for that person. Their voice, their smile, their life theme will become part of our inner world. The other person lives on in some mysterious way in our heart and in our life themes. We will never be the same, even if the other person lives far away or even if the other person dies. Love is the powerful experience of “being knit to another person’s soul”.
Prayer: God of love and friendship, one of the greatest mystery of humanity is our capacity to love. And this love is a reflection of who You are. We are knitted to Your soul. And you love us as Your own soul. And all other relationships that are long lasting and enduring despite distance, time and space are participating in this mystery of spiritual and transcendent connection. Help us to attend to those special relationships and not dismiss or forget them. Let us not miss the spiritual presence of those we have loved and who have departed from us. They will for always be part of our soul. Amen
The soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 1. Samuel 18:1