Where love is deep
much can be accomplished
When you come upon a wall, throw your hat over it, and then go get your hat.
There are plenty of unseen walls in our life. We perceive them as we work towards goals. We perceive them in any form of growth. In an ideal world we encourage each other to reach those goals, we help each other bring down the walls that they or someone else has built. We share our resources, because it reflects shared humanity.
On a personal level surrounding yourself with walls creates isolation. Walls of fear, guilt, shame, poverty, status, pursuit of happiness; you can give the wall any label, and as soon as it starts to limit you in any way its become an isolation wall.
There are those who will help you break down those walls and those who will argue against it, leave you, and insist there is a deeper purpose for that wall. When its personal work, the effect of shutting people out or letting them in has consequences on many.
On a national level, building actual walls and having people believe, they don’t belong here is chopping at the roots of our shared humanity. The ripple effects around the world are many. So as Donald Trump continues to insist on building walls, or banning people from entering the U.S., urge your senators to build what truly matters.
Buildings need walls for practical purposes. Humanity needs spaciousness of mind and heart, acceptance, and connections.
No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin,
or his background, or his religion.
People must learn to hate and if they can learn to hate,
they can be taught to love,
for love comes more naturally
to the human heart than its opposite.
At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it. Be free where you are.
~Thich Nhat Hahn
Our true home is in the present moment. To live in the present moment is a miracle. The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty available right now ~
Thich Nhat Hanh
“The brain takes its shape from what the mind rests upon” Rick Hanson
Rick Hanson talks about resting the mind on pleasant experiences continually for lasting resilience, inner strength and cultivating a positive outlook.
When we are busy at work, taking care of family, achieving goals, we get caught up in getting it all done. Taking a pause is important. Its being mindful of the work being done and the experience being created.
Whether you decide to do a stretch, a breathing exercise, find an image to gaze upon, bring up a joyful memory, pauses of 1 to 3 minutes can replenish you for long periods of time.
Pauses are not frivolous, instead they are an act of kindness.