Saturday, February 5, 2011

365 Days, Day 242

Never give up

No matter what is going on

Never give up

Develop the heart

Too much energy … is spent

Developing the mind instead of the heart:

Develop the heart,

Be compassionate

Not just to your friends but to everyone,

Be compassionate

Work for peace in your heart and in the world

Work for peace, and I say again

Never give up

No matter what is happening

No matter what is going on around you

Never give up

(Dalai Lama)

In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel "burnout" setting in, if you feel demoralised and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective (Dalai Lama)

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness (Dalai Lama)

I spend a great deal of time preparing for my blog entry each day, reading quotes and looking for inspiration. Sometimes it becomes clear fairly quickly what to write about and other times even after I have written, erased, started again, rewritten, abandoned, restarted and finally posted, I am still not happy with the blog.

Today I have been hearing whisperings and felt I needed to look at the words of the Dalai Lama. Kindness and compassion are sentiments that run like a golden thread through his quotes.

I was talking to Tom today about how spirituality is about letting go. Letting go of preconceived thought patterns; letting go of the intellect reasoning; letting go of wanting to control everything; letting go of being cynical…

Whisper-whisper, you need to go and be compassionate to your elders, whisper-whisper. If timing and money were no objects, I would like to go and spend time with my mom and dad and give BOTH of them a lot of Reiki (even if you don’t ‘believe’ in it – it will be very good for you. I can send you distance healing sessions, while you are sleeping…)

I am taking lessons from Lily (not the madness-hamster ones where she runs like a whirling dervish around the garden or inside amongst the furniture, and not the ones where she licks and then devours dodgy-looking objects from the garden, and not the ones where she lies on her side and howls because her golf ball has rolled under a cabinet and she can’t reach it and so rips up the carpet) but the ones, where she loves the present moment and it is her absolute favourite thing in the world. And where she loves each of us unconditionally and makes us feel that we are her special-favourite person in the whole world (at that moment). And when she needs to, she lies down and naps… her religion is happiness.

No complications and complex reasoning: just the belief that everything is going to be alright.

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