Silence is essential. We need silence, just as much as we need air, just as much as plants need light. If our minds are crowded with words and thoughts, there is no space for us.
~Thich Nhat Hahn
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
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.
I came across this Labyrinth recently and practiced walking meditation. Although walking meditations can be done anywhere, a labyrinth reflects wholeness, balance and coming back to oneself. Labyrinths invite a person to practice taking steps with gentle awareness.
Take my hand.
We will walk.
We will only walk.
We will enjoy our walk
without thinking of arriving anywhere.
Our walk is a peace walk.
Our walk is a happiness walk.
Then we learn
that there is no peace walk;
that peace is the walk;
that there is no happiness walk;
that happiness is the walk.
We walk for ourselves.
We walk for everyone
always hand in hand.
Walk and touch peace every moment.
Walk and touch happiness every moment.
Each step brings a fresh breeze.
Each step makes a flower bloom under our feet.
Kiss the Earth with your feet.
Print on Earth your love and happiness.
Earth will be safe
when we feel in us enough safety.