Jan. 26th, 2012

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Today I learned that Buddhism prepares you for love with no expectations. Michael said this during a conversation we had a few minutes ago, and I realized he was right. I sort of knew this, but hadn't articulated it to myself so clearly.

Someone else once told me that you can't learn something until you almost already know it. This second observation helps me put my new knowledge into a good context.

Today I feel strong and good, happy and whole. And boy, I am SO APPRECIATIVE of it!

It's especially valuable to me because the giant invisible hand has struck again, and someone I dearly love is in tremendous pain. Fortunately, I am in a great place to offer support, kindness, my full attention, and a lot of love without any expectations.

And that is exactly what's needed.

Even better, Michael, my best ally and greatest teacher, is right beside me. Even before we spoke to each other, we'd devised the same plan to offer up our love and support. When he gets home and I've finished my work day, we'll brainstorm together about how we can best put this plan into effect and offer our help.

Damn, I am grateful for the overflowing good in my life!
sabrinamari: (Daily practice)
...I'm working at home.

So how about this instead?

“If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.”

― Pema Chödrön

To which I say, "My life is FULL of teachers."

sabrinamari: (...what is brain?)
“Imaginary evil is romantic and varied; real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring. Imaginary good is boring; real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating.”

----Simone Weil

“What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.”


“It is easy to be heavy: hard to be light.”

----G. K. Chesterton

“A man’s first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart.”

----Joseph Addison


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