I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness, and the willingness to remain vulnerable.
~Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea
Every day gives us the opportunity to open up or shut down…the most precious opportunity presents itself when you think you can’t handle whatever is happening.
Learning how to be kind to ourselves is important. When we look into our own hearts and begin to discover what is confused and what is brilliant, what is bitter and what is sweet, it isn’t just ourselves that we’re discovering. We’re discovering the universe. When we discover the buddha that we are, we realize that everything and everyone is Buddha. We discover that everything is awake, and everyone is awake. Everything and everyone is precious and whole and good. When we regard thoughts and emotions with humor and openness, that’s how we perceive the universe.
I am most here
when I am not here.
I speak loudest
when I say nothing.
When I open
nothing is closed.
When I close
there is no opening.
as you are.
as I am.
We shouldn’t abuse God’s creatures.
You must reverse the haiku, not:
remove its wings—
a pepper tree;
add wings to it—
~The Japanese master
Basho in response to
The destruction or healing of the world hinges on which way this thought unfolds. Whether we pull things apart or put things together makes all the difference. Indeed, Basho’s small instruction reveals to us how human history has unfolded, with one pilgrim taking things apart and another putting them back together, and on and on. Continue reading
Every day gives us the opportunity to open up or shut down…The most precious opportunity presents itself when you think you can’t handle whatever is happening.
Only love, with no thought of return,
can soften the point of suffering.
Water in its clear softness fills whatever hole it finds. It is not skeptical or distrusting. It does not say this gully is too deep or that field is too open. Like water, the miracle of love is that it covers whatever it touches, making the touched thing grow while leaving no trace of its touch. True, the faces of shores and the arms of cliffs are worn to bone. But this is beyond the water’s doing. This is the progress of life, of which water is but an element.
Most things break instead of transform because they resist. The quiet miracle of love is that without our interference, it, like water, accepts whatever is tossed or dropped or placed into it, embracing it completely.
Of course, we are human and are easily hurt Continue reading
True spirituality is not a removal or escape from life. It is an opening, a seeing of the world with a deeper vision that is less self-centered, a vision that sees through dualistic views to the underlying interconnectedness of all life.
~Jack Kornfield, “The Path of Service” - from Ordinary Magic: Everyday Life as Spiritual Path
There is a great battle raging: for my mouth not to harden and my jaws not to become like heavy doors of an iron safe, so my life may not be called pre-death.
~Yehuda Amichai, Israeli poet
Each of us guards a gate that can only be unlocked from the inside.
Whether it’s connecting with the genuine heart of sadness and the messy areas of our lives, or connecting with vision and expansion and openness, what’s real is all included in well-being: it’s all included in joy. Joy is not about pleasure as opposed to pain or cheerfulness as opposed to sadness. Joy includes everything.