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Clearing

Do not try to save
the whole world
or do anything grandiose.
Instead, create
a clearing
in the dense forest
of your life
and wait there
patiently
until the song
that is your life
falls into your own cupped hands
and you recognize and greet it.
Only then will you know
how to give yourself
to this world
so worthy of rescue.

~ Martha Postlewaite

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Sitting Practice

Through the practice of sitting still and following your breath, you are connecting with your open heart. By simply letting yourself be as you are, you begin to develop loving kindness and gentleness for yourself.

~Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

True Practice of Peace

If we want there to be peace in the world, we have to be brave enough to soften what is rigid in our hearts, to find the soft spot and stay with it. We have to have that kind of courage and take that kind of responsibility. That’s the true practice of peace.

~ Pema Chödrön

Wholeness

The irony is that we attempt to disown our difficult stories, to appear more or less acceptable, but our wholeness — even our wholeheartedness — actually depends on the integration of all our experiences, including the falls.

~ Brené Brown

Compassionate Action

Compassionate action starts with seeing yourself when you start to make yourself right and when you start to make yourself wrong. At that point you could just contemplate the fact that there is a larger alternative to either of those, a more tender, shaky kind of place where you could live.

~ Pema Chodron

Open to All Your Emotions

If your everyday practice is to open to all your emotions, to all the people you meet, to all the situations you encounter, without closing down, trusting that you can do that – that will take you as far as you can go. And then you will understand all the teachings that anyone has ever taught.

~ Pema Chodron

Awakened Heart of Bodhicitta

Bodhichitta is our heart – our wounded, softened heart. Right down there in the thick of things, we discover the love that will not die. This love is bodhichitta. It is gentle and warm; it is clear and sharp; it is open and spacious. The awakened heart of bodhichitta is the basic goodness of all beings.

~ Pema Chodron

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

I want you to pay attention
to the
spaces, the silences, the pauses,
the gaps between the words,
the white of the page behind the black of the ink,
the calm that holds the chaos that spins through
this ever-turning world and I want to remind you of
the beauty of the unspoken,
the sweetness of the unresolved,
the invisible screen that holds the light and the shade
and the mystery that permeates everything,
the mystery that reads these words now,
and pays attention
to the
spaces, the gaps, the pauses,
the endings that begin
new conversations,
and the stillness
that envelops it all.

– Jeff Foster

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