Have you ever been caught in the heavy-duty scenario of feeling defeated and hurt, and then somehow, for no particular reason, you just drop it? It just goes, and you wonder why you made “much ado about nothing.” What was that all about?
I’d like to encourage us all to lighten up, to practice with a lot of gentleness. This compassion, this clarity, this openness are like something we have forgotten. Sitting here being gentle with ourselves, we’re rediscovering something. It’s like a mother reuniting with her child; having been lost to each other for a long, long time, they reunite. The way to reunite with bodhichitta (awakened heart) is to lighten up in your practice and in your life.
Start Where You Are By Pema Chodron
on my Blogroll & proper placement (in my mind) of Buddhist related sites.
So take a look …CM Smith(Random Thoughts from Mid-Life) has not only opened her life to us with her words…she is a wonderful photographer. A new blog (to me) is The Habituated Buddhist…provides thought-provoking insight into being Buddhist and being in a 12 Step Program. Unfettered Mind is author Ken McLeod’s website. He provides podcasts and I never fail to learn something new when I visit.
Enjoy and be well….Namaste
We are All One
This small video is not affiliated with any religious belief system. Yet it speaks volumes for all belief systems.(thank you mika for sharing this)
Everything’s good…Everything. Man is unhappy because he doesn’t know he’s happy. It’s only that. That’s all, that’s all! If anyone finds out, he’ll become happy at once, that minute. ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky
A wonderful photo of H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama:
Happy in Everything
Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also akin of healing. ~ Pema Chodron
Peaceful in body, peaceful in speech,
The bhikkhu peaceful and well-concentrated
Who has rejected the world’s bait
Is called “one at peace.” ~ The Buddha, Dhammapada 378
In training the mind, perspective is of crucial importance. We cannot expect to transform our minds in a few minutes or even a few weeks, thinking, perhaps, that the blessings of an enlightened individual will enable us to obtain immediate results. Such an attitude is not realistic. It takes a long time, sometimes years or even decades; but if we persevere, there is no doubt we will make progress. ~ His Holiness. The 14th Dalai Lama