The first noble truth of the Buddha is that when we feel suffering,
it doesn’t mean something is wrong.
What a relief. Finally somebody told the truth. Suffering is a part of life,
and we don’t have to feel it’s happening because we personally made a wrong move.
Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart, Heart Advice for Hard Times
Thank you, Karl Duffy
A star at dawn, a drop of dew, an echo, a rainbow and a dream.
These are the objects of life, the gifts of creation. Each is held inside something larger. One star beautifully set within the vast expanse of dawn, one drop in a fresh field damp with the morning’s rise, an echo sounding off the sides of many hills, a rainbow rolled out across the sky – all of these describe a small part of something so much larger. Yet without these objects of detail the larger picture could not be.
Sometimes when we focus on the small things we forget to look at the big picture. Other times we are so consumed by the big picture we forget to focus on the details. It is a balance of sort but either way these “gifts” reflect one another. Each are truly unique, all the while saying something important about the other.
So what about dreams? Small part of something so much larger?
The size of dreams are different. Yes, dreams are a part of something bigger, a reflection of a complex and beautiful creation, the dreamer. And yet within a dream all the details of one’s imagination are freely expressed with little-to-no inhibition. Dreams allow us to face deep emotions. They help process relationships that may require honest insight without fear. They can give us the vision to reach for our passion and the courage to face our fears. Without dreams we become lost and confused.
Dreams are crucial for people to survive during the most challenging of times. They are gifts that bring hope and courage.
A star, a drop, an echo, a rainbow and a dream… each held inside something larger. Each ready to give a simple focus when the world feels overwhelming. Grateful for their presence – may each carry our hearts to a place of strength and grace.
Quote: The Buddha
Photo: Adina Voicu
“Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.”
Mindfulness Training- Twitter
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
May we share this light…
Make this day your first day. Fresh with the eyes and heart of a newborn. Imagine what can be done – imagine who can be encouraged.