I don’t care whether someone Believes in God, or not Whether they have faith In science or metaphysics Reason or religion Or some mish-mash of them all. What I care about is if they believe in love Have faith in themselves, and others Compassion for others, and themselves Unconditionally Un.con.di.tion.al.ly […]
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The mind is the source of happiness and unhappiness. ~ The Buddha Mmmmm…. Buddha. Buddha quotes and their subtleties. Some might believe from this quote that being a happy person is a matter of thinking happy thoughts, of believing in being happy. However, Buddha also said happiness of the mind […]
To make peace extend compassion. To find compassion detach from suffering. One person at a time. So the whole world follows.
yep. I love this guy. Well, I try to love everybody. But I love the way Thich Nhat Hanh thinks and speaks and acts, and that makes loving easier. Most of what you perceive other people are doing to you isn’t about you. It’s about them. Their pain. Their suffering. […]
Within the broken lies beauty Within the lost lies discovery Within the weary lies resolve Within the abandoned lies self-reliance Within the battered lies strength Within the suffering lies wisdom Within the humiliated lies humility And so it goes, on and on, The teacher and the lesson. When I originally […]
If you feel hatred, feel the anger that powers it. If you feel anger, feel the fear that motivates it. If you feel fear, feel the pain that underlies it. If you feel pain, heal the part of you that feels it. Pain is the crucible in which all […]
When I choose to live in my fear, my anger, my hate I see the world through eyes that fear I hear the song of anger in every note I taste hatred as if all sustenance were the bitterest root In my mind I place the world of power, control […]
Helpless in our anger Courage borne of anger Delivers none from sorrow. Anger begets violence Upon body, mind and spirit. Violence begets harm. Harm begets sorrow. On victim and Instigator alike. Ever so, this cycle of suffering, Helpless in our anger.
I was digging into Stephen Mitchell‘s The Second Book of the Dao one day back in January (over a lovely Red Snapper Soup @ Granville Island) when a passage in the second chapter inspired the following poem. Before and After Before sorrow, longing Before longing, anger Before anger, pain Before […]
I’ve always loved this scene introducing Peter O’Toole in David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia. In a film rife with extraordinary storytelling and wisdom, it remains my favourite. In hindsight perhaps it’s the spiritual undertone of Lawrence’s statement that’s always intrigued me most because, of course, Lawrence isn’t only talking about […]