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
It began in mystery and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between.
Quote: Diana Ackerman
Image: Frank Winkler
If one wishes suffering not to happen to the people and the earth, it begins with a kind heart.
Quote: Pema Chödrön
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Admit that once you have got up
from your chair and opened the door,
once you have walked out into the clear air
toward that edge and taken the path up high
beyond the ordinary you have become
the privileged and the pilgrim,
the one who will tell the story
and the one, coming back
from the mountain
who helped to make it.
Doors — They begin an adventure. They end a long day.
Doors — They stand open to call us toward a time of growth. They slowly close to create a space for quiet when it’s time to gather and reflect.
Today, I sit at a door. Today, I welcome a new year… My 65th. It is a day to pause. I never imagined what it would be like to reach this birthday. As a person with a disability, it is a challenge to plan for the future because so many things can come up along the way. Yet, here I am at 65 – healthy, able to pursue my interests, and still full of curiosity.
There have been adventures leading to this birthday and there will be adventures following this birthday. I greet each like a new door, calling me to trust as I move over its threshold.
I celebrate this day with gratitude and look ahead with anticipation.
From Mameen in David Whyte: Essentials
Many Rivers Press © David Whyte
Beauty is the harvest of presence.
Quote: David Whyte
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