letting go of joy…


…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.  

~j

#impermanence #nonattachment #life #gratitude #suffering #PemaChodron 

Vesak…

artist unknown
in life, all things changekeep your heart open with love

now, you are awake!
~j
commemorating the birth, enlightenment, and death of Siddhartha Gautama, (Shakyamuni) The Buddha.
#Vesak #Buddha #Buddhism

this, your very heart…

  
this, your very heart.

broken open, heals the world.

dam breaks, water flows.

~j

11.11.15
“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