‘The clarity and power that comes with a growing love for ourselves and all beings is greatly underestimated. Much of the harm in our world is driven by a lack of love – this makes more and more sense as we turn inward and begin to understand that as our own self love grows, harming another becomes less of an option.
Wisdom teaches us that to harm another is to harm oneself, while love teaches that our own happiness flourishes when we no longer harm ourselves or others. It is our cravings, which rapidly solidify into attachments, that drive us into the blind arena of direct and indirect forms of harm. Love is what allows us to see, like another set of eyes that we can use to view life and the world from a grander perspective. When our love is limited so is our ability to imagine new solutions outside of archaic forms of fear driven action.
Love is the healer the world is looking for. Love has the power to unbind and release the attachments that rationalize everyday harm. Love is the only sturdy enough platform we can use to build a new world where all can live well. Sending love to all beings. May we all understand that our own self love is an essential piece to building a new world. May we all grow our self love into the unconditional love that can end all harm. May we all understand that our own unconditional love for ourselves and all beings is directly connected to our highest freedom and happiness.’
There is no spiritual practice
More profound than
To one’s family,
The cashier at the grocery store,
An unexpected visitor,
The con in the next cell,
A stray cat or dog,
Or any other of the
Usually “irrelevant” or “invisible”
Beings who may cross our paths
In the course of a normal day.
There are spiritual mysteries
But as we mature,
It becomes clear that
Those special experiences
Are only meaningful
When they arise from
And return to
A life of ordinary kindness.
“We are in this together. None of us truly walk in isolation, even when we cannot sense the presence of another for miles upon miles. Even in the worst of our desolation. Even during our coldest 3am breakdown. Even when we shut out the world and spin in circles until we collapse. Even then the light still gets in. Even then the heart still opens and reaches, tendrils of hope curling and bending toward slivers of light. Upward, outward, in all directions – seeking light at all cost. One way or another, we all grow toward the light.” – Jeanette LeBlanc
‘From time to time, sit close to the one you love, hold his or her hand, and ask, “Darling, do I understand you enough? Or am I making you suffer? Please tell me so that I can learn to love you properly. I don’t want to make you suffer, and if I do so because of my ignorance, please tell me so that I can love you better, so that you can be happy.” If you say this in a voice that communicates your real openness to understand, the other person may cry. That is a good sign, because it means the door of understanding is opening and everything will be possible again.’
“Compassion is threatening to the ego. We might think of it as something warm and soothing, but actually it’s very raw. When we set out to support other beings, when we go so far as to stand in their shoes, when we aspire to never close down to anyone, we quickly find ourselves in the uncomfortable territory of “life not on my terms.” The second commitment, traditionally known as the Bodhisattva Vow, or warrior vow, challenges us to dive into these noncozy waters and swim out beyond our comfort zone.
Our willingness to make the first commitment is our initial step toward relaxing completely with uncertainty and change. The commitment is to refrain from speech and action that would be harmful to ourselves and others and then to make friends with the underlying feelings that motivate us to do harm in the first place. The second commitment builds on this foundation: we vow to move consciously into the pain of the world in order to help alleviate it. It is, in essence, a vow to take care of one another, even if it sometimes means not liking how that feels.”-Pema Chodron
(From her book Living Beautifully With Uncertainty and Change)
“It is not my experience that we are here to fix the world, that we are here to change anything at all. I think we are here so the world can change us. And if part of that change is that the suffering of the world moves us to compassion, to awareness, to sympathy, to love, that is a very good thing.” ~ Cheri Huber
“The river is everywhere at once, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the rapids, in the sea, in the mountains, everywhere at once, and there is only the present time for it, not the shadow of the past, not the shadow of the future.”
“Imagine a wave or a drop of water considering itself apart from the ocean. It is weak when separated, but returned to its source it is as powerful as the ocean. Thinking of ourselves as separate from others, we lose the power of our Source and diminish the whole of humanity. When you see yourself as connected to everyone, you stop judging others and begin to see all of us connected to the same unseen silent life force.”
‘There is new life in the soil for every [wo]man. There is healing in the trees for tired minds and for our overburdened spirits, there is strength in the hills, if we only lift up our eyes. Remember that nature is your great restorer.’