Listen for what you need.
How come when we feel discomfort we don’t give it comfort.
When we have disease we don’t give ourselves ease.
Its like what we “dis” we DISS”.
Today, and every day day, be kind.
Don’t diss the dis.
The river is immense, and it has the capacity to receive, embrace, and transform.
When our hearts are small, our understanding and compassion are limited. We can’t accept or tolerate others and their shortcomings, and we demand that they change. In this state, we suffer.
But when our hearts expand, these same things don’t make us suffer anymore. We have a lot of understanding and compassion and can embrace others and their shortcomings.
We accept others as they are, and then they have a chance to transform… in their own way and in their own time.
Our heart is immense, and it has the capacity to receive, embrace, and transform.
The most powerful wisdom is always worth coming back to. Again and again. May we find our way to peace. 🙏
Forgiveness is a powerful and empowering act, as it opens our hearts to ourselves and others. Finding a way to forgive is healing and freeing.
This is a three part meditation on forgiveness that I learned during my teacher training at Kripalu. All three parts should be read, preferably out loud.
May it touch your heart, bring some healing and peace.
I allow myself to be imperfect.
I allow myself to make mistakes.
I allow myself to be a learner, still learning life’s lessons.
I forgive myself.
If I cannot forgive myself now, may I forgive myself sometime in the future.
Please allow me to be imperfect.
Please allow me to make mistakes.
Please allow me to be a learner, still learning life’s lessons.
Please forgive me.
If you cannot forgive me now, please try to forgive me sometime in the future.
Just as I allow myself to be imperfect, so I allow you to be imperfect.
I allow you also to make mistakes.
I allow you to be a learner, still learning life’s lessons.
I forgive you.
If I cannot forgive you now, may I forgive you sometime in the future.
As you come to the end of this loving forgiveness meditation, take a few moments and allow the words to absorb into your consciousness.
What do you notice in your body, mind and sense of being?
What is your relationship with whatever is coming up?
Can you be with it?
… and breathe.
Allow it to be.
A beautiful reflection on generosity from Dhamma Footsteps.
Generosity IS everything.
Thank you T 🙏
POSTCARD#315: Chiang Mai: Click on ‘generosity’, then click on synonyms for that word, and you get loving-kindness, compassion, empathy, well-being, freedom. You find gratitude, grace, honor, motivation, encouragement.
Generosity is everything. Its nature is to share, recycle, circulate; it can only be given, never taken. With generosity we can accept, we can share, we can forgive. Generosity leads to wisdom – the truth is without bias. There is an understanding of things as they really are.
There is ‘generosity of spirit’, a quality we all possess. Generosity, as a mental, emotional letting go, means releasing the tenacity of holding on to things. All that heavy stuff we burden ourselves with is removed in one single act of generosity.
What’s wrong with being generous, cultivating an inward disposition to give? A glad willingness to share what we have with others – why not? We have more than enough. Give it away…
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When you find yourself judging, blaming, criticizing, resenting, or being frustrated and annoyed with an other person … here are some phrases to bring to mind.
“This person in front of me has a body and a mind… Just like me.
This person in front of me has feelings, emotions and thoughts… Just like me.
This person in front of me has in his or her life, experienced physical and emotional pain and suffering… Just like me.
This person in front of me wishes to be free from pain and suffering… Just like me.
This person in front of me wishes to be healthy and loved… Just like me.
This person in front of me wishes to be happy… Just like me.”*
All people have similar needs, wants and desires. Fundamentally we act in order to protect ourselves and what we believe matters to us.
We all wish to be happy.
Others may go about it differently, to what we would want for ourselves.
Yet who are we to judge…. Our thoughts tell us that our way is the right way, but that is the small ego mind trying to stay in charge.
When we remind ourselves, that other people are just like us, we can pause and come from understanding instead of a righteous ego.
May we all find more acceptance and understanding in challenging times with difficult people.
* Taken from Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan
When we truly love someone, it isn’t because of their looks, personality, how they behave, or their values. It isn’t about how they make us feel either…
When we truly love someone, we love the Light within the person. Our soul, or divine essence, recognizes the soul or divine essence of the other.
As enlightened human beings we see this Light within ourselves and in those we love.
As we evolve more, we see the Light within all people. We open ourselves to be loving and compassionate towards all others.
(Namaste = I bow to you as the Light within me recognizes the Light within you)