I rest my eyes upon this flower
Peek into the unfurled petals
Breathe in the soft orange glow
The flower softens
Brings a smile
to my face
glow in my heart
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.
Over and over again
To the practice of mindfulness
To focus on whats here
Whether unpleasant or pleasant
Challenging or easy
Make the choice daily
To embrace what is happening and
Then let it go
We have genuine friendship
when it is based on true human
feeling, a feeling of closeness
in which there is a sense of sharing and
I would call this type of
friendship genuine because it is not
affected by the increase or decrease of
the individuals wealth, status, or power.
The factor that sustains that friendship
Is whether or not the two people
have mutual feelings of love and affection.
Genuine human friendship is on the basis of
human affection, irrespective of your position
Therefore the more you show
concern about the welfare and rights
of others, the more you are a genuine
The more you remain open
and sincere, then ultimately more benefits
will come to you. If you forget or do not bother about others.
Then eventually you will lose
your own benefit.
H.H. THE XIVTH DALAI LAMA
We yearn for connection
while speaking of the inconsequential
We long for community
yet we are divided by ethnicity
We speak of peace
and engage in wars
We want unity
while excluding diversity
An open mind and kind hearted spirit
is needed now more than ever
so we can boldly yet gently
be in this space of ambiguity
moving beyond fear
hand in hand, together
Be Kinder to yourself
And then let
Fill the World
By Pema Chodron