a thought on my birthday:
“Throughout this life, you can never be certain of living long enough to take another breath.”
and so i shall breathe
in gratitude for this life
precious and fleeting
…a note I wrote after listening to a talk by Pema Chodron. life is full of ups and downs, good times and hard times. both of these are fleeting, arising and passing away as is all life. non-suffering comes from our capacity to fully live each moment and then let go of that moment.
it’s so easy to let go of the hard times – no need to talk us into that! but even our good times can be filled with suffering if we are afraid to lose them. wouldn’t it be better – more enjoyable, knowing that we will lose them, to just really – fully enjoy them while they are present? then when it is time to say goodbye, we let go in gratitude for the joy we had in that moment.
#impermanence #nonattachment #life #gratitude #suffering #PemaChodron
in life, all things changekeep your heart open with love
now, you are awake!
commemorating the birth, enlightenment, and death of Siddhartha Gautama, (Shakyamuni) The Buddha.
#Vesak #Buddha #Buddhism
broken open, heals the world.
dam breaks, water flows.
“Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.” ~ Zelda Fitzgerald
“O, that my monk’s robe were wide enough to gather up all the suffering people in this floating world.” ~ Zen poet-monk Ryōkan
“The practice is never for ourselves alone.” ~ Joseph Goldstein
#heart #HeartBrokenOpen #healing #suffering #love #CapacityToLove #interdependence #community #sangha #practice #meditation #compassion #metta #LovingKindness #Zen #haiku #quotes #JMW #TheMettaGarden