Sunday, March 26, 2017

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - March 26, 2017

You learn not to act out your emotions, but just to appreciate and acknowledge them. That’s part of the way you can use them spiritually. You don’t deny them, you don’t push them down. You acknowledge that, “I’m angry,” but you don’t have to say, “Hey, I’m angry!” You acknowledge it; you don’t deny it. That’s the key.

So, the way you would use emotions in devotional practices is aiming them towards God. For the other kinds of emotional realms, you witness them and you sit with them, and you watch them change and come and go, and you don’t deny them, you allow them; because that’s part of your human condition.

When you talk about service, you’ll see that it awakens intense emotions, and you have to let your heart break. But you’ve cultivated another plane of reality, which is the one that notices and allows it. A quality of equanimity that lies with it.

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 03/26/17

“Revenge is a classic example of negatively oriented pleasure. It is perhaps the easiest way to identify the connection between pleasure and suffering. Unconsciously, you feel pleasure in hurting others and being hurt. This keeps you locked in destructive patterns that make negative situations repeat throughout your life. You can't hurt another without hurting yourself because there is a correlation between everything that manifests on this plane of existence. Suffering generates more suffering, and only forgiveness can break this circle void of love.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma / The Importance of You

Dharma is what the Buddha taught. It is the way of understanding and love—how to understand, how to love, how to make understanding and love into real things.

—Thich Nhat Hanh, "The Three Gems"