Monday, October 15, 2018

Via Daily Dharma: The Circle of Generosity

What can we really possess, after all? Our realization that there is actually nothing that can be held on to can become a powerful factor in cultivating our inner wealth of generosity, which is a wealth that can never be depleted, a gift that can forever be given, a seamless circle that feeds itself.

—Marcia Rose, “The Gift That Cannot Be Given

Via Daily Dharma: Breaking the Cycle

Meditation interrupts the endless feedback loops between consciousness and language, between consciousness and being . . . opening a space, a pause, a higher order function of attentive compassion. In practice, one learns to accept finitude, mortality, and the great ending, and in practice, one learns to cultivate the patience, compassion, and peace that lead to freedom.

—Roy Scranton, “Learning to Die in the Anthropocene

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - October 14, 2018

The interesting question is, "How do you put yourself in a position so that you can allow ‘what is’ to be?" The enemy turns out to be the creation of mind, because when you are just in the moment, doing what you are doing, there is no fear. The fear is when you stand back to think about it. The fear is not in the actions. The fear is in the thought about the actions.

- Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: Thoughts Aren’t the Enemy

Most people think that thoughts and emotions are the enemy of present-moment awareness, and that negative emotions in particular are the enemy of interconnectedness. But we can use thoughts and emotions, even the bad ones, to actually bring us into the present moment.

—Phakchok Rinpoche and Erric Solomon, “Creating a Confident Mind