Reflecting on what we most value

When we carefully observe our thoughts, we discover that they are not in our control—we swim in an uninvited constant stream of memories, plans, expectations, judgments, regrets. Often the root of these movements of mind is dissatisfaction. We seem to want both endless excitement and perfect peace. But instead of being served by our thinking,... Continue Reading →

Radical acceptance

“Feeling not okay went hand in hand with deep loneliness. In my early teens I sometimes imagined that I was living inside a transparent orb that separated me from the people and life around me. When I felt good about myself and at ease with others, the bubble thinned until it was like an invisible... Continue Reading →

It is what we enjoy

It is not what we have but what we enjoy constitutes our abundance. “The way to develop the habit of savoring is to pause when something is beautiful and good and catches our attention – the sound of rain, the look of the night sky, the glow in a child’s eyes, or we witness some... Continue Reading →

Listening is a form of spiritual hospitality

“To listen is very hard, because it asks of us so much interior stability that we no longer need to prove ourselves by speeches, arguments, statements, or declarations. True listeners no longer have an inner need to make their presence known. They are free to receive, to welcome, to accept. Listening is much more than... Continue Reading →

A view from above

When a problem arises - a death , a sickness , some other type of loss , or even a hurtful argument. It is not only painful but confusing. It is like being lost in dense and dangerous jungle. When one is lost in the forest, one should climb to the top of a tall... Continue Reading →

Beginning anew

Of course we have made mistakes. Of course we have not been very skillful. Of course we have made ourselves and the people around us suffer. But that does not prevent us from improving, from transforming, from beginning anew.To begin anew is to look deeply and honestly at ourselves, our past actions, speech, and thoughts,... Continue Reading →

Put in down

If one of your possessions breaks, you would not continuously walk around holding the item every day, but instead you would put it down until you are ready to fix it. Likewise, if there is a problem in your life, try not to continuously worry about it. But instead, put it down, and return to... Continue Reading →

A broken heart hides so many treasures

The chemistry of mind is different from the chemistry of love.The mind is careful, suspicious, he advances little by little. He advises “Be careful, protect yourself”Whereas love says “Let yourself, go!” The mind is strong, never falls down, while love hurts itself, falls into ruins.But isn’t it in ruins that we mostly find the treasures?... Continue Reading →

Tears of the way

As we let go and still see others suffer, the heart fills with compassion. So much suffering is human-caused. We awaken to a poignancy and tenderness beyond our own personal injuries. One Zen master calls this caring “the tears of the way.” Our personal suffering diminishes, but our awareness of the sorrow and pain in... Continue Reading →

The world is imperfect

The trust expressed by Ajahn Chah comes whenever our consciousness rests in the eternal present. “From where I sit,” he said, “nobody comes and no one goes.” “In the middle way, there is no one who is strong or weak, young or old, no one who is born and no one who dies. This is... Continue Reading →

What is freedom?

You speak about freedom. What is freedom? Freedom is a trap! A man who is imprisoned in a jail needs to be free, doesn't he? He is trapped in the jail and he knows that the people outside are free. You are all in prison and you have heard about outside from your parents, priests,... Continue Reading →

This moment only happens once

"Our habitual way of living is to take things so much for granted. We always think there’s gonna be another day. We always think there’s gonna be another chance. In some sense, we think it's gonna go on forever. And therefore, we don’t pay attention. This moment only happens once, in all of eternity. We... Continue Reading →

Returning to our original goodness

Each of us has our own measure of pain. Sometimes the pain we suffer is great and obvious; sometimes it is subtle. Our pain can reflect the coldness of our families, the trauma of our parents, the stultifying influence of modern society. As a result, we often feel that we have been cast out. To... Continue Reading →

Repeated thoughts and stories

Repeated thoughts and stories are almost always fueled by an unacknowledged emotion or feeling underneath. These unsensed feelings are part of what brings the thought back time and again. Future planning is usually fueled by anxiety. Remembering the past is often fueled by regret, or guilt, or grief. Many fantasies arise as a response to... Continue Reading →

Sanity beyond habitual reactions

If we’re not too confused or hard on ourselves, we will discover the sanity beyond habitual reactions. Identifying less with habits and more with our basic nature lightens things up. With more space in our mind, we take our reactions less seriously. We can watch them the way we would watch children at play—knowing they... Continue Reading →

Most important discovery

The discovery that peace, happiness and love are ever-present within our own Being, and completely available at every moment of experience, under all conditions, is the most important discovery that anyone can make. - Rupert Spira

Choosing courage or comfort

Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It's about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen...I want to be in the arena. I want to be brave with my life. And when we make... Continue Reading →

We can’t hold on to anything

We are uncomfortable because everything in our life keeps changing -- our inner moods, our bodies, our work, the people we love, the world we live in. We can't hold on to anything -- a beautiful sunset, a sweet taste, an intimate moment with a lover, our very existence as the body/mind we call self... Continue Reading →

Training in equanimity

Training in equanimity is learning to open the door to all, welcoming all beings, inviting life to come visit. Of course, as certain guests arrive, we’ll feel fear and aversion. We allow ourselves to open the door just a crack if that’s all that we can presently do, and we allow ourselves to shut the... Continue Reading →

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