For the rest of your life to be as meaningful as possible, engage in spiritual practice if you can. It is nothing more than acting out of concern for others. If you practice sincerely and with persistence, little by little, step by step you will gradually reorder your habits and attitudes so as to think less about your own narrow concerns and more about others and thereby find peace and happiness yourself. ~ His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama
“When a strong feeling of anger arises in the mind, with such force that you want to fight and to destroy someone, is the angry thought holding a weapon in its hand? Could it lead and army? Might it burn anyone like fire, crush them like a stone, or carrying them away like a raging river? No. Anger, like any other thought or feeling, has no true existence.”
~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
Lovingkindness—maitri—toward ourselves doesn’t mean getting rid of anything. Maitri means that we can still be crazy, we can still be angry. We can still be timid or jealous or full of feelings of unworthiness. Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already. The ground of practice is you or me or whoever we are right now, just as we are. That’s what we come to know with tremendous curiosity and interest. ~ Pema Chodron
An article in Tricycle has touched me today…..as the title says it is about letting go…..we seem to gravitate towards grasping…no, it is not our true nature but our conditioned one……let us read and …let go of our conditioning…and be free.