When you plant seeds in the garden, you don’t dig them up every day to see if they have sprouted yet. You simply water them and clear away the weeds; you know that the seeds will grow in time. Similarly, just do your daily practice and cultivate a kind heart. Abandon impatience and instead be content creating the causes for goodness; the results will come when they’re ready.
Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron, “Meditator’s Toolbox”
I do not know about you….but I need this quote today…that progress , even slow progress, is progress. Om mani padme hung ~ Debra
A Parsley Sprout
A few nights ago I was speaking with a friend…who looks this way and then that way….for answers…so I thought ‘if she/he would only’….then I caught my thoughts…I was making a judgement on what was best for them spiritually.
No….I cannot do that. And I certainly would not want someone to make a decision for me how I ‘should’ or ‘should not’ believe/feel.
What I did say was …’when you stir water that has a muddy bottom….your view is clouded…when you stop stirring the water becomes more clear and you can see where you want to go. And I am happy with the path I take’. She then asked….’so these things I am showing/telling you are wrong? ‘ ‘I am not saying they are wrong. What I am saying is…I stopped stirring. ‘
When I said those words (or close to them) I felt at peace with all. No judgement. no pressure. Just being.
Be well and Enjoy,
(as a comment to The Hubris of a Life Lived . )
When people genuinely meet the dharma, they realize it directly within themselves. So the Buddha said that he is merely the one who shows the way. In teaching us, he is not accomplishing the way for us. It is not so easy as that. It’s like someone who sells us a plow to till the fields. He isn’t going to do the plowing for us. We have to do that ourselves.
-Ajahn Chah, “Meeting the Dharma Alone”
I really like this quote. We are responsible for ourselves. Which means we are not victims of someone unless we choose to be. ~ Debra
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Samsaric Warrior is a Buddhist blog which I think is worth your time to check out.
It will allow you to reflect and pause..and we all need that.
Enjoy and Namaste,
What are you reading today?
Some you might know me well enough …that I read several books …or a better wording would be…I have several books going on.
I rarely just have one book that I read to exclusion of the others. I will read a little this one and then maybe some of that one…and so it goes.
For the sake of today’s post though….I will only focus on one book that *is* my primary read … No Time to Lose by Pema Chodron. I really enjoy it, her words are simple but profound. I am on Chapter 2. So far…I love it!
So? What are you reading?…and it does not have to be Buddhist reading. 🙂
Namaste…and be well,