The gratitude prayer

“With gratitude I remember the people, animals, plants, insects, creatures of the sky and sea, air and water, fire and earth, all whose joyful exertion blesses my life every day. With gratitude I remember the care and labor of a thousand generations of elders and ancestors who came before me. I offer my gratitude for... Continue Reading →

You hold in your hand an invitation

“You hold in your hand an invitation: to remember the transforming power of forgiveness and loving kindness. To remember that no matter where you are and what you face, within your heart peace is possible.” ― Jack Kornfield

When our stories no longer bind us

“When the stories of our life no longer bind us, we discover within them something greater. We discover that within the very limitations of form, of our maleness and femaleness, of our parenthood and our childhood, of gravity on the earth and the changing of the seasons, is the freedom and harmony we have sought... Continue Reading →

Anger

I would not look upon anger as something foreign to me that I have to fight. I have to deal with my anger with care, with love, with tenderness, with nonviolence. A further sign of health is that we don’t become undone by fear and trembling, But we take it as a message that it’s... Continue Reading →

Compassion

"Compassion isn't some kind of self-improvement project or ideal that we're trying to live up to. Having compassion starts and ends with having compassion for all those unwanted parts of ourselves, all those imperfections that we don't even want to look at." Pema Chodron

We are creatures of habit

We are in many ways creatures of habit. If we live within certain conditions long enough, they come to seem natural to us. But if we had lived in different conditions, they would seem equally natural. Looking at the cultural, religious, or material conditions that others have become habituated to may make us feel that... Continue Reading →

Break the box

Everybody is in a box. You think you’re a man, you think you’re American, Australian whatever. You think I used to be like this I come from this family my father is like that my mother is like this I am so and so I’ve done this I’ve done that, In my opinion green is... Continue Reading →

Why we are afraid of death

“Perhaps the deepest reason why we are afraid of death is because we do not know who we are. We believe in a personal, unique, and separate identity — but if we dare to examine it, we find that this identity depends entirely on an endless collection of things to prop it up: our name,... Continue Reading →

Stay with the moment

  “In the practice I'm recommending, doing something different means staying with that moment. I talked about this in terms of meditation practice, how we must let the thoughts and words go and feel whatever is happening. We must change our whole view about pain and difficulty and realize that pain is a prime time... Continue Reading →

There is a larger alternative

Compassionate action starts with seeing yourself when you start to make yourself right and when you start to make yourself wrong. At that point you could just contemplate the fact that there is a larger alternative to either of those, a more tender, shaky kind of place where you could live. – Pema Chödrön

Purpose of a spiritual practice

In this way we stop the war, and we can embrace our personal griefs and sorrows, joys and triumphs with love instead of denial. With the same courage of heart we can open to the people around us, to our family, to our community, to the social problems of the world, to our collective history.... Continue Reading →

The greater the sanity we achieve

The greater the sanity we achieve, the more we find there are problems. As we become more perceptive, we begin to perceive specks of dust much more vividly. In such cases, please don’t panic. It’s the result of the sharpening of our prajna, our intellect. The more we tie up the loose ends, the more... Continue Reading →

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