I immediately thought of some quotes from “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle and wanted to share them:
The ego could be defined in simply this way: a dysfunctional relationship with the present moment.
Tolle asks, “What kind of relationship do I want with the present moment?”
Then he says, “Do I want the present moment to be my friend or my enemy? The present moment is inseparable from life, so you are really deciding what kind of relationship you want to ...
Then he says, “Do I want the present moment to be my friend or my enemy? The present moment is inseparable from life, so you are really deciding what kind of relationship you want to have with life. Once you have decided you want the present moment to be your friend, it is up to you to make the first move. Become friendly toward it, welcome it no matter in what guise it comes, and soon you will see the results. Life becomes friendly toward you.”
He points out that this one decision changes your entire reality but points out that you have to make this decision again and again until it becomes natural to live in such a way.
Good Morning, It’s 8 a.m. in my neck of the woods and it’s a bright-sun-shiny day. I’m not tripping-the-light fantastic as they say physically as I strained my back yesterday and it speaks quite loudly when I attempt to do some of the simplest things like bending to pick an object up off of the floor. Oh, how I wish this reality were not so; Oh, how I wish I hadn’t been so tense; oh, how I wish I hadn’t reacted in fear when that big dog came bounding toward me. It was not vicious j...
Good Morning, It’s 8 a.m. in my neck of the woods and it’s a bright-sun-shiny day. I’m not tripping-the-light fantastic as they say physically as I strained my back yesterday and it speaks quite loudly when I attempt to do some of the simplest things like bending to pick an object up off of the floor. Oh, how I wish this reality were not so; Oh, how I wish I hadn’t been so tense; oh, how I wish I hadn’t reacted in fear when that big dog came bounding toward me. It was not vicious just overly friendly but in my need to avoid injury, I caused injury.
I don’t like to own the fact that this scenario has been a pattern in my life—the old “react instead of respond” syndrome. I wish it were not so but it brings the serenity prayer to mind.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can’t change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
I’m scheduled to hit the road in a few days and time will tell when I will be able to depart but I know I will be able to hit the road sooner or later. That is because the thing I can change is my attitude toward my situation. I can “desist” instead of “resist.” Acceptance creates possibility. Mind and body always wishes to be healed.
This injury has already provided me with a powerful reminder of the limitations many live with every day, every hour of their lives. The pain reminds me that the pain of so many others leaves them feeling helpless and hopeless. This injury reminds me that fear can rob us of the mercy to be fully human, to be instruments of the wisdom that can make a difference. It reminds me of the importance of willingness, the willingness to be channels of the grace that the world so desperately craves and needs to heal.
And so that is my wish for us all. Yes, as Saint Mother Teresa taught: Even the smallest act of love is an act of peace. There are things we can’t change but we can always strive to choose love instead of fear. The tired the poor are every where, surrounding us in our every day lives. I have a wish: May we greet ourselves and them with compassion.
Kristin, Thank You.
Margaret, Thanks for sharing your journey.Ii have found it very helpful to me at this time.
After all learning to love is really what life is all about and when one is torn within, it is a signal that a master class is being called into session. Thanks for the heads up!
I was deeply moved by the meditation Br. David led in 1975 and was also prompted to write about the quote of the day below.
The hope that is left after all your hopes are gone – that is pure hope, rooted in the heart. Br. David Steindl-Rast
I have never been extremely fond of the word hope. For me, hoping and moping seem to walk hand in hand because I relate my hopes to shattered dreams.
It seems to me that hope is always about the future or the past. “I had hoped to...
It seems to me that hope is always about the future or the past. “I had hoped to ___________ or I hope I can___________.
What might Br. David be referring to when he says, “…after all your hopes are gone…”? Is the key word in that phrase: “your.”? Is their a difference between …”pure hope” and “your hopes”? Might that be the key?
Perhaps, your hopes and my hopes originate in the egoic mind not the heart. Br. David says, “…pure hope is rooted in the heart.”
Perhaps pure hope is not tainted with personal wants and needs. It’s the hope that comes from surrender. It says, “Here I am—warts and all. Let my wounds serve the greater good, Root my fragility in a pure heart; Fill me with the evolutionary hope that transcends my finite and egoic mind.”
Good morning, The excerpt (below) from Pema Chodron’s book, “Start Where You Are” should be read at the United Nations. It is so powerful. Perhaps, in all situations our first thought could and should be, “Be still and know that I am God…Be still and know that I am…Be still and know that I…Be still and know that…Be still and know…Be still…BE.
Life is Process… …Respond instead of React…Respect instead of Regret…Evolve instead of Revolve…Go in the Peace...
Life is Process… …Respond instead of React…Respect instead of Regret…Evolve instead of Revolve…Go in the Peace of a Grateful Heart.
“One of my favorite dharma teachers is Dr. Seuss; he captures the human condition so beautifully. One of his stories starts with two people walking toward each other along a narrow road. When they meet, they each refuse to step to the side so that the other can pass. Everyone else builds bridges and even whole cities around them, and life just goes on. But the two stubborn ones stand there for the rest of time, refusing to budge. It never occurs to them even after eighty-five years that they could be curious about why the other is refusing to move, or that they could try to communicate. They could have had a really interesting debate in all those years even if they had still never moved.
The point is not that you’re trying to achieve harmony or smooth everything out. Good luck, if that’s your goal. The point is to live together on this earth with our differences, to communicate for its own sake. The process is the main thing, not the fruition. If you achieve your goal with aggressive tactics, nothing really changes anyway. Pema Chodron, “Start Where You Are” pp 168-169”
Pilgrim, Thank you
Ed, I tried to find the article but had no luck. Could you send me a link? Carol
Thanks for your reflection. It warms my heart. Carol
Sheila, Even a fruit fly is made out of stardust, just like us. I love the feeling of knowing that. I have a friend that asks the weeds for forgiveness when weeding her garden. After all, who decided they were weeds! Carol
I love your use of the expression, “mysterious blessing.” Thanks for sharing your encounter with the Sparrow. Blessings, Carol
Thanks, Ed. You’ve given me another lesson in compassion!
Sheila, I appreciate your taking time to comment and I’m glad the essay warmed your heart. That warms mine!
I’m so glad it was helpful to you, Ursala. It happened many years ago but to this day it still helps me.
Kristi, Such a beautiful teaching. It prompts me to share a paragraph from a recent email that I received from my 94 year old uncle who is now walking with a cane but still mows the lawn and has been gifted with a mind that is still clear as the pure sound of a single bell. I think the first line of this quote says so much about living gratefully. Here’s how Amos puts it::
“I have recently come to the conclusion that if I was fated to a longer life I had better try keepin...
“I have recently come to the conclusion that if I was fated to a longer life I had better try keeping in shape to enjoy it. I tell the kinder that I am learning again how to walk and I am also getting back on the computer somewhat trying to keep up with it’s constant change. I have cranked up a small portfolio of investments operated from the computer and hope to improve on the local banks one tenth of one percent checking account performance. The Carl Sagan Cosmos Program of the 1980’s is available and since I didn’t see it then I’m enjoying it now. I have always thought Sagan was the best for portraying evolution and the universe to we mortals.” SUCH WISDOM!
To quote Rumi: “Thankfulness brings you to the place where the Beloved lives.”.
Camille and Kabir Helminski’s RUMI: JEWELS OF REMEMBRANCE
Margaret, I deeply appreciate your pointing out more if Br. David’s wisdom about hope. Thank you.
Patjos, Thank you. Carol
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