Friday, December 12, 2014

Flower of the Day: 12/12/14

"Many people ask for enlightenment, but are not yet ready to abandon their identification with the body, becoming empty vessels. We want to be free, but we still need to be someone special and maintain the idea of ‘me’. We are still attached to the past. As you observe yourself desiring enlightenment, ask yourself, ‘Am I really ready to give up my story? Am I ready to leave the past behind?’ This can happen right now, or it can be in many incarnations from now: the choice is yours."
Sri Prem Baba

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Avoiding What's Unlovely | December 12, 2014

We instinctively avoid unpleasantness, often without our awareness. When we touch something unlovely in ourselves—fear, anger, jealousy, shame, disgust—we tend to withdraw emotionally and direct our attention elsewhere. But denying how we feel, or projecting our fears and faults onto others, only drives a wedge between us and the people we yearn to be close to.

- Christopher K. Germer, "Getting Along"