Walls

When you come upon a wall, throw your hat over it, and then go get your hat. 

Irish proverb

 

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.

Namaste,

Shobhna

 

Friendship

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
connectedness.

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
friend.

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
 

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Together

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

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Namaste,

Shobhna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courage

Hatred and fear blind us,

We no longer see each other,

We only see the faces of monsters and

that gives us the courage

to destroy each other

by Thich Nhat Hahn.

I read this recently and it explains so much of what is happening within relationships around the world.  I have been concerned about the amount of hatred that is present in speeches given by leaders and the actions being taken against groups of people globally.  Courage rooted in hatred and fear will eventually dissolve, but after having harmed people and the earth. We have seen this happen over and over again in our history. In destroying others we invariably destroy ourselves too.

Removing fear and hatred within our own minds takes courage. Because we are left feeling vulnerable without the protection of the monsters face to scare others with. As that monstrous face peels of, the authentic, genuine  and compassionate face is revealed to ourselves and the world.  In the process we alleviate our own suffering and of those around us.

Cultivating peace, promoting well being and harmony in good times is easier to do. When there is anger, fear, hatred, greed and intolerance around us, it takes clarity, discernment, and sheer focus on actions enveloped in love. Courage that leaves us feeling vulnerable and wanting to protect ourselves and others from harm is rooted in love.

There are so many people all over the world who are  looking for food, shelter, safety, and belonging.  We can choose to turn away from their suffering or alleviate their suffering. We can choose to destroy them because of our own fears or  choose to protect them from harm.

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Namaste,

Shobhna