May the sound of this bell penetrate deep into the cosmos

The End of Suffering

The Great Bell Chant

May the sound of this bell penetrate deep into the cosmos
Even in the darkest spots
Living beings are able to hear it clearly
So that all suffering in them ceases
Understanding comes to their hearts
And they transcend the path of sorrow and death.

The universal dharma door is already open
The sound of the rising tide is heard clearly
The miracle happens
A beautiful child appears in the heart of a lotus flower
One single drop of this compassionate water
Is enough to bring back the refreshing spring to our mountains and rivers.

Listening to the bell
I feel the afflictions in me begin to dissolve
My mind calms
My body relaxes
A smile is born on my lips

Following the sound of the bell
My breath brings me back to the safe island of mindfulness
In the garden of my heart
The flowers of peace bloom beautifully.

~ read by Thich Nhat Hanh

 

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Contemplation and the Forsaking of Works

The voices in our culture tell us that we only have value if we do and achieve a lot, and that one’s worth is dependent on performance and success. We don’t attribute value to anyone just for being human.

Well, what about changing this paradigm? What about realizing that we are divine creations, and that we are magnificent by nature?  What about considering that we don’t have to do anything to be deemed worthy? What about considering that we are human beings, and not human doings?

Here’s Henry David Thoreau enjoying the present moment, doing nothing, just being…

I did not read books the first summer; I hoed beans. Nay, I often did better than this. There were times when I could not afford to sacrifice the bloom of the present moment to any work, whether of the head or hands. I love a broad margin to my life. Sometimes, in a summer morning, having taken my accustomed bath, I sat in my sunny doorway from sunrise till noon, rapt in a revery, amidst the pines and hickories and sumachs, in undisturbed solitude and stillness, while the birds sing around or flitted noiseless through the house, until by the sun falling in at my west window, or the noise of some traveller’s wagon on the distant highway, I was reminded of the lapse of time. I grew in those seasons like corn in the night, and they were far better than any work of the hands would have been. They were not time subtracted from my life, but so much over and above my usual allowance. I realized what the Orientals mean by contemplation and the forsaking of works. For the most part, I minded not how the hours went. The day advanced as if to light some work of mine; it was morning, and lo, now it is evening, and nothing memorable is accomplished. Instead of singing like the birds, I silently smiled at my incessant good fortune. As the sparrow had its trill, sitting on the hickory before my door, so had I my chuckle or suppressed warble which he might hear out of my nest. My days were not days of the week, bearing the stamp of any heathen deity, nor were they minced into hours and fretted by the ticking of a clock; for I lived like the Puri Indians, of whom it is said that “for yesterday, today, and tomorrow they have only one word, and they express the variety of meaning by pointing backward for yesterday forward for tomorrow, and overhead for the passing day.” This was sheer idleness to my fellow-townsmen, no doubt; but if the birds and flowers had tried me by their standard, I should not have been found wanting. A man must find his occasions in himself, it is true. The natural day is very calm, and will hardly reprove his indolence.

~ Henry David Thoreau, in Walden

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The Silence

Though the air is full of singing, my head is loud with the labor of words.

Though the season is rich with fruit, my tongue hungers for the sweet of speech.

Though the beech is golden, I cannot stand beside it mute, but must say, ‘It is golden,’ while the leaves stir and fall with a sound that is not a name.

It is in the silence that my hope is, and my aim. 

A song whose lines I cannot make or sing sounds men’s silence like a root.

Let me say and not mourn: the world lives in the death of speech and sings there.

~ Wendell Berry

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The Path to Happiness – The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings

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The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings

The First Mindfulness Training: Openness
Aware of the suffering created by fanaticism and intolerance, we are determined not to be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory or ideology, even Buddhist ones. We are committed to seeing the Buddhist teachings as guiding means that help us learn to look deeply and develop understanding and compassion. They are not doctrines to fight, kill or die for. We understand that fanaticism in its many forms is the result of perceiving things in a dualistic and discriminative manner. We will train ourselves to look at everything with openness and the insight of interbeing in order to transform dogmatism and violence in ourselves and in the world.

The Second Mindfulness Training: Non-Attachment to Views
Aware of the suffering created by attachment to views and wrong perceptions, we are determined to avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. We are committed to learning and practicing non-attachment from views and being open to others’ insights and experiences in order to benefit from the collective wisdom. Insight is revealed through the practice of compassionate listening, deep looking and letting go of notions rather than through the accumulation of intellectual knowledge. We are aware that the knowledge we presently possess is not changeless, absolute truth. Truth is found in life and we will observe life within and around us in every moment, ready to learn throughout our lives.

The Third Mindfulness Training: Freedom of Thought
Aware of the suffering brought about when we impose our views on others, we are determined not to force others, even our children, by any means whatsoever – such as authority, threat, money, propaganda, or indoctrination – to adopt our views. We are committed to respecting the right of others to be different, to choose what to believe and how to decide. We will, however, learn to help others let go of and transform narrowness through loving speech and compassionate dialogue.

The Fourth Mindfulness Training: Awareness of Suffering
Aware that looking deeply at the nature of suffering can help us cultivate understanding and compassion, we are determined to come home to ourselves, to recognize, accept, embrace and listen to our own suffering with the energy of mindfulness. We will do our best not to run away from our suffering or cover it up through consumption, but practice conscious breathing and walking to look deeply into the roots of our suffering. We know we can only find the path leading to the transformation of suffering when we understand the roots of our suffering. Once we have understood our own suffering, we will be able to understand the suffering of others. We are committed to finding ways, including personal contact and using the telephone, electronic, audio-visual and other means, to be with those who suffer, so we can help them transform their suffering into compassion, peace and joy.

The Fifth Mindfulness Training: Compassionate, Healthy Living
Aware that happiness is rooted in peace, solidity, freedom and compassion, we are determined not to accumulate wealth while millions are hungry and dying, nor to take as the aim of our life fame, profit, wealth or sensual pleasure, which can bring much suffering and despair. We will practice looking deeply into how we nourish our body and mind with edible foods, sense impressions, volition and consciousness. We are committed not to gamble or to use alcohol, drugs or any other products that bring toxins into our own and the collective body and consciousness such as certain websites, electronic games, TV programs, films, magazines, books and conversations. We will consume in a way that preserves compassion, peace, joy and well-being in our bodies and consciousness and in the collective body and consciousness of our families, our society and the Earth.

The Sixth Mindfulness Training: Taking Care of Anger
Aware that anger blocks communication and creates suffering, we are committed to taking care of our energy of anger when it arises, to recognizing and transforming the seeds of anger that lie deep in our consciousness. When anger manifests, we are determined not to do or say anything, but to practice mindful breathing or mindful walking to acknowledge, embrace and look deeply into our anger. We know that the roots of anger are not outside of ourselves but can be found in our wrong perceptions and lack of understanding of the suffering in ourselves and the other person. By contemplating impermanence, we will be able to look with the eyes of compassion at ourselves and those we think are the cause of our anger and to recognize the preciousness of our relationships. We will practice Right Diligence in order to nourish our capacity of understanding, love, joy and inclusiveness, gradually transforming our anger, violence and fear and helping others do the same.

The Seventh Mindfulness Training: Dwelling Happily in the Present Moment
Aware that life is available only in the present moment, we are committed to training ourselves to live deeply each moment of daily life. We will try not to lose ourselves in dispersion or be carried away by regrets about the past, worries about the future, or craving, anger or jealousy in the present. We will practice mindful breathing to be aware of what is happening in the here and now. We are determined to learn the art of mindful living by touching the wondrous, refreshing and healing elements that are inside and around us, in all situations. In this way, we will be able to cultivate seeds of joy, peace, love and understanding in ourselves, thus facilitating the work of transformation and healing in our consciousness. We are aware that happiness depends primarily on our mental attitude and not on external conditions and that we can live happily in the present moment simply by remembering that we already have more than enough conditions to be happy.

The Eighth Mindfulness Training: True Community & Communication
Aware that lack of communication always brings separation and suffering, we are committed to training ourselves in the practice of compassionate listening and loving speech. Knowing that true community is rooted in inclusiveness and in the concrete practice of the harmony of views, thinking and speech, we will practice to share our understanding and experiences with members in our community in order to arrive at collective insight. We are determined to learn to listen deeply without judging or reacting and refrain from uttering words that can create discord or cause the community to break. Whenever difficulties arise, we will remain in our Sangha and practice looking deeply into ourselves and others to recognize all the causes and conditions, including our own habit energies, that have brought about the difficulties. We will take responsibility for all the ways we may have contributed to the conflict and keep communication open. We will not behave as a victim but be active in finding ways to reconcile and resolve all conflicts, however small.

The Ninth Mindfulness Training: Truthful and Loving Speech
Aware that words can create happiness or suffering, we are committed to learning to speak truthfully, lovingly and constructively. We will use only words that inspire joy, confidence and hope as well as promote reconciliation and peace in ourselves and among people. We will speak and listen in a way that can help ourselves and others to transform suffering and see the way out of difficult situations. We are determined not to say untruthful things for the sake of personal interest or to impress people, nor to utter words that might cause division or hatred. We will protect the joy and harmony of our Sangha by refraining from speaking about the faults of another person in their absence and always ask ourselves whether our perceptions are correct. We will speak only with the intention to understand and help transform the situation. We will not spread rumors nor criticize or condemn things of which we are not sure. We will do our best to speak out about situations of injustice, even when doing so may make difficulties for us or threaten our safety.

The Tenth Mindfulness Training: Protecting and Nourishing the Sangha
Aware that the essence and aim of a Sangha is the practice of understanding and compassion, we are determined not to use the Buddhist community for personal power or profit or transform our community into a political instrument. However, as members of a spiritual community, we should take a clear stand against oppression and injustice. We should strive to change the situation, without taking sides in a conflict. We are committed to looking with the eyes of interbeing and learning to see ourselves and others as cells in one Sangha body. As a true cell in the Sangha body, generating mindfulness, concentration and insight to nourish ourselves and the whole community, each of us is at the same time a cell in the Buddha body. We will actively build brotherhood and sisterhood, flow as a river and practice to develop the three real powers – love, understanding and cutting through afflictions – to realize collective awakening.

The Eleventh Mindfulness Training: Right Livelihood
Aware that great violence and injustice have been done to our environment and society, we are committed not to live with a vocation that is harmful to humans or nature. We will do our best to select a livelihood that contributes to the well-being of all species on Earth and helps realize our ideal of understanding and compassion. Aware of economic, political and social realities around the world, as well as our interrelationship with the ecosystem, we are determined to behave responsibly as consumers and citizens. We will not invest in or purchase from companies that contribute to the depletion of natural resources, harm the Earth and deprive others of their chance to live.

The Twelfth Mindfulness Training: Reverence for Life
Aware that much suffering is caused by war and conflict, we are determined to cultivate nonviolence, compassion and the insight of interbeing in our daily lives and promote peace education, mindful mediation and reconciliation within families, communities, ethnic and religious groups, nations and in the world. We are committed not to kill and not to let others kill. We will not support any act of killing in the world, in our thinking, or in our way of life. We will diligently practice deep looking with our Sangha to discover better ways to protect life, prevent war and build peace.

The Thirteenth Mindfulness Training: Generosity
Aware of the suffering caused by exploitation, social injustice, stealing and oppression, we are committed to cultivating generosity in our way of thinking, speaking and acting. We will learn better ways to work for the well-being of people, animals, plants and minerals and will practice generosity by sharing our time, energy and material resources with those who are in need. We are determined not to steal and not to possess anything that should belong to others. We will respect the property of others, but will try to prevent others from profiting from human suffering or the suffering of other beings.

The Fourteenth Mindfulness Training: Right Conduct
[For lay members]: Aware that sexual desire is not love and that sexual relations motivated by craving cannot dissipate the feeling of loneliness but will create more suffering, frustration and isolation, we are determined not to engage in sexual relations without mutual understanding, love and a deep long-term commitment made known to our family and friends. Seeing that body and mind are one, we are committed to learning appropriate ways to take care of our sexual energy and to cultivating loving kindness, compassion, joy and inclusiveness for our own happiness and the happiness of others. We must be aware of future suffering that may be caused by sexual relations. We know that to preserve the happiness of ourselves and others, we must respect the rights and commitments of ourselves and others. We will do everything in our power to protect children from sexual abuse and to protect couples and families from being broken by sexual misconduct. We will treat our bodies with compassion and respect. We are determined to look deeply into the Four Nutriments and learn ways to preserve and channel our vital energies (sexual, breath, spirit) for the realization of our bodhisattva ideal. We will be fully aware of the responsibility of bringing new lives into the world and will meditate upon their future environment.

[For monastic members]: Aware that he deep aspiration of a monk or a nun can only be realized when he or she wholly leaves behind the bonds of sensual love, we are committed to practicing chastity and to helping others protect themselves. We are aware that loneliness and suffering cannot be alleviated through a sexual relationship, but through practicing loving kindness, compassion, joy and inclusiveness. We know that a sexual relationship will destroy monastic life, will prevent us from realizing our ideal of serving living beings, and will harm others. We will learn appropriate ways to take care of sexual energy. We are determined not to suppress, to mistreat our body or to look upon our body as only an instrument, but to learn to handle our body with compassion and respect. We are determined to look deeply into the Four Nutriments in order to preserve and channel our vital energies (sexual, breath, spirit) for the realization of our bodhisattva ideal.

The Path of Happiness

The Path of Happiness

The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings are the very essence of the Order of Interbeing. They are the torch lighting our path, the boat carrying us, the teacher guiding us. They allow us to touch the nature of interbeing in everything that is, and to see that our happiness is not separate from the happiness of others. Interbeing is not a theory; it is a reality that can be directly experienced by each of us at any moment. The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings help us cultivate concentration and insight which free us from fear and the illusion of a separate self.

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The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings are a modern distillation of the traditional Bodhisattva precepts of Mahayana Buddhism, and were created by Thich Nhat Hanh in Saigon in 1966.

Monks, nuns, lay men and lay women who have made a vow in a formal ceremony, to receive, study and observe these fourteen trainings are known as “Members of the Order of Interbeing”. The Order of Interbeing, through the Plum Village lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh, belongs to the Linji (Rinzai) tradition of Zen Buddhism.

The first six members of the Order were colleagues and students of Thich Nhat Hanh who worked with him relieving the suffering of war in Vietnam. In joining the Order of Interbeing, they dedicated themselves to the continuous practice of mindfulness, ethical behavior, and compassionate action in society.

Today these Fourteen Trainings define the way of living harmoniously in community followed by residents at the nine international monastic practice centers in the Plum Village tradition, and there are now more than 2,000 lay men and women Members of the Order of Interbeing active in local communities worldwide.

To find out more about the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings, and to see how they are being applied in today’s world, please visit the website of the international Order of Interbeing.

This revised version of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings was presented by Thich Nhat Hanh at the Great Ordination Ceremony held in Plum Village in February 2012.

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The Path to Happiness – The Five Mindfulness Trainings

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The Five Mindfulness Trainings

1 – Reverence For Life
Aware of the suffering caused by the destruction of life, I am committed to cultivating the insight of interbeing and compassion and learning ways to protect the lives of people, animals, plants, and minerals. I am determined not to kill, not to let others kill, and not to support any act of killing in the world, in my thinking, or in my way of life. Seeing that harmful actions arise from anger, fear, greed, and intolerance, which in turn come from dualistic and discriminative thinking, I will cultivate openness, non-discrimination, and non-attachment to views in order to transform violence, fanaticism, and dogmatism in myself and in the world.

2 – True Happiness
Aware of the suffering caused by exploitation, social injustice, stealing, and oppression, I am committed to practicing generosity in my thinking, speaking, and acting. I am determined not to steal and not to possess anything that should belong to others; and I will share my time, energy, and material resources with those who are in need. I will practice looking deeply to see that the happiness and suffering of others are not separate from my own happiness and suffering; that true happiness is not possible without understanding and compassion; and that running after wealth, fame, power and sensual pleasures can bring much suffering and despair. I am aware that happiness depends on my mental attitude and not on external conditions, and that I can live happily in the present moment simply by remembering that I already have more than enough conditions to be happy. I am committed to practicing Right Livelihood so that I can help reduce the suffering of living beings on Earth and reverse the process of global warming.

3 – True Love
Aware of the suffering caused by sexual misconduct, I am committed to cultivating responsibility and learning ways to protect the safety and integrity of individuals, couples, families, and society. Knowing that sexual desire is not love, and that sexual activity motivated by craving always harms myself as well as others, I am determined not to engage in sexual relations without true love and a deep, long-term commitment made known to my family and friends. I will do everything in my power to protect children from sexual abuse and to prevent couples and families from being broken by sexual misconduct. Seeing that body and mind are one, I am committed to learning appropriate ways to take care of my sexual energy and cultivating loving kindness, compassion, joy and inclusiveness – which are the four basic elements of true love – for my greater happiness and the greater happiness of others. Practicing true love, we know that we will continue beautifully into the future.

4 – Loving Speech and Deep Listening
Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech and the inability to listen to others, I am committed to cultivating loving speech and compassionate listening in order to relieve suffering and to promote reconciliation and peace in myself and among other people, ethnic and religious groups, and nations. Knowing that words can create happiness or suffering, I am committed to speaking truthfully using words that inspire confidence, joy, and hope. When anger is manifesting in me, I am determined not to speak. I will practice mindful breathing and walking in order to recognize and to look deeply into my anger. I know that the roots of anger can be found in my wrong perceptions and lack of understanding of the suffering in myself and in the other person. I will speak and listen in a way that can help myself and the other person to transform suffering and see the way out of difficult situations. I am determined not to spread news that I do not know to be certain and not to utter words that can cause division or discord. I will practice Right Diligence to nourish my capacity for understanding, love, joy, and inclusiveness, and gradually transform anger, violence, and fear that lie deep in my consciousness.

5 – Nourishment and Healing
Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful consumption, I am committed to cultivating good health, both physical and mental, for myself, my family, and my society by practicing mindful eating, drinking, and consuming. I will practice looking deeply into how I consume the Four Kinds of Nutriments, namely edible foods, sense impressions, volition, and consciousness. I am determined not to gamble, or to use alcohol, drugs, or any other products which contain toxins, such as certain websites, electronic games, TV programs, films, magazines, books, and conversations. I will practice coming back to the present moment to be in touch with the refreshing, healing and nourishing elements in me and around me, not letting regrets and sorrow drag me back into the past nor letting anxieties, fear, or craving pull me out of the present moment. I am determined not to try to cover up loneliness, anxiety, or other suffering by losing myself in consumption. I will contemplate interbeing and consume in a way that preserves peace, joy, and well-being in my body and consciousness, and in the collective body and consciousness of my family, my society and the Earth.

The Path of Happiness

The Path of Happiness

The Five Mindfulness Trainings represent the Buddhist vision for a global spirituality and ethic. They are a concrete expression of the Buddha’s teachings on the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path, the path of right understanding and true love, leading to healing, transformation, and happiness for ourselves and for the world. To practice the Five Mindfulness Trainings is to cultivate the insight of interbeing, or Right View, which can remove all discrimination, intolerance, anger, fear, and despair. If we live according to the Five Mindfulness Trainings, we are already on the path of a bodhisattva. Knowing we are on that path, we are not lost in confusion about our life in the present or in fears about the future.

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“The Five Mindfulness Trainings are one of the most concrete ways to practice mindfulness. They are nonsectarian, and their nature is universal. They are true practices of compassion and understanding. All spiritual traditions have their equivalent to the Five Mindfulness Trainings.

The first training is to protect life, to decrease violence in oneself, in the family and in society. The second training is to practice social justice, generosity, not stealing and not exploiting other living beings. The third is the practice of responsible sexual behavior in order to protect individuals, couples, families and children. The fourth is the practice of deep listening and loving speech to restore communication and reconcile. The fifth is about mindful consumption, to help us not bring toxins and poisons into our body or mind.

The Five Mindfulness Trainings are based on the precepts developed during the time of the Buddha to be the foundation of practice for the entire lay practice community. I have translated these precepts for modern times, because mindfulness is at the foundation of each one of them. With mindfulness, we are aware of what is going on in our bodies, our feelings, our minds and the world, and we avoid doing harm to ourselves and others. Mindfulness protects us, our families and our society. When we are mindful, we can see that by refraining from doing one thing, we can prevent another thing from happening. We arrive at our own unique insight. It is not something imposed on us by an outside authority.

Practicing the mindfulness trainings, therefore, helps us be more calm and concentrated, and brings more insight and enlightenment.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Happiness: Essential Mindfulness Practices (2009)

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The Paradox of Our Age

We have taller buildings but shorter tempers; wider freeways but narrower viewpoints; we spend more but have less; we buy more but enjoy it less; we have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, yet less time; we have more degrees but less sense; more knowledge but less judgement; more experts, yet more problems; we have more gadgets but less satisfaction; more medicine, yet less wellness; we take more vitamins but see fewer results. We drink too much; smoke too much; spend too recklessly; laugh too little; drive too fast; get too angry quickly; stay up too late; get up too tired; read too seldom; watch TV too much and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values; we fly in faster planes to arrive there quicker, to do less and return sooner; we sign more contracts only to realize fewer profits; we talk too much; love too seldom and lie too often. We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life; we’ve added years to life, not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor. We’ve conquered outer space, but not inner space; we’ve done larger things, but not better things; we’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul; we’ve split the atom, but not our prejudice; we write more, but learn less; plan more, but accomplish less; we make faster planes, but longer lines; we learned to rush, but not to wait; we have more weapons, but less peace; higher incomes, but lower morals; more parties, but less fun; more food, but less appeasement; more acquaintances, but fewer friends; more effort, but less success. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but have less communication; drive smaller cars that have bigger problems; build larger factories that produce less. We’ve become long on quantity, but short on quality.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; tall men, but short character; steep in profits, but shallow relationships. These are times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure and less fun; higher postage, but slower mail; more kinds of food, but less nutrition. These are days of two incomes, but more divorces; these are times of fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, cartridge living, throw-away morality, one-night stands, overweight bodies and pills that do everything from cheer, to prevent, quiet or kill. It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stock room. Indeed, these are the times!

~ Bob Moorehead

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This essay has spread far and wide in the Internet and has commonly been attributed to a variety authors. The true author of the piece isn’t George Carlin, Jeff Dickson, the Dalai Lama, or an unnamed student of Columbine High School, nor is he anonymous. Credit belongs to Dr. Bob Moorehead, former pastor of Seattle’s Overlake Christian Church (who retired in 1998 after 29 years in that post). This essay appeared under the title “The Paradox of Our Age” in Words Aptly Spoken, Dr. Moorehead’s 1995 collection of prayers, homilies, and monologues used in his sermons and radio broadcasts.

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A Precious Human Life

Every day, think as you wake up: Today, I am fortunate to have woken up. I am fortunate to be alive. I have a precious human life, and I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others. I am not going to get angry, or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.

~ His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

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Just for today, I will be grateful for my many blessings.

Just for today, I will not worry. I will release all worrisome thoughts.

Just for today, I will not allow myself to get angry. I will release all angry thoughts and feelings. I will let go of all judgment, criticism, envy, hatred and animosity.

Just for today, I will be honest and authentic. I will be honest in all my dealings. I will be authentic, dedicating myself to be who I am meant to be and doing what I was brought here to do. I will strive to give my best contribution to the world.

Just for today, I will be selfless, gentle and kind with all sentient beings, including myself. I will make everyone who comes in contact with me feel happier and more peaceful.

~ The Five Reiki Precepts, adapted by Piero Falci

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My life is my masterpiece

A perfect state of peace is attained when we are completely content and satisfied, not wanting anything. We joyfully accept everything that happens to us, rejoice with the life that was given to us, and make the best out of it at every moment. We are grateful for everything we have.

Whenever our thoughts take us back to revisit the errors of the past, with feelings of remorse and regret, we mentally pardon ourselves and others. We say to ourselves, “Whatever happened in the past is in the past, and there is where I will leave it. Now it’s time to move on, and that’s exactly what I have decided to do: I am moving on to a better future.”

And whenever we catch ourselves in a state of fear, afraid that something bad may happen to us, or to the ones we love, we acknowledge that object of fear, and after taking a calm and deep look at it, we, softly, let it go.

We realize the worrying is pointless. If we have a problem that can be fixed, then there is no use in worrying. And if we are dealing with a problem that cannot be fixed, then there is no use in worrying. Worrying is meaningless.

With practice we can reach a state where we have no regrets, no worries, no fear. We let go of the things that happened, as well as of those that have not taken place yet, and practice to return our attention to the present moment where we find joy in the simplest things. We avoid the struggle of trying to cling to what we want and of trying to push away what we don’t want. We accept everything that comes our way with equanimity, and by doing so we become happier.

“My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance and in inverse proportion to my expectations.” ~ Michael J. Fox

We experience peace when we don’t struggle against what is, just like Eckhart Tolle described in his book, The Power of Now: “I have learned to offer no resistance to what is; I have learned to allow the present moment to be and to accept the impermanent nature of all things and conditions. Thus have I found peace.”

We work gently, calmly doing the job that the Universe calls us to do, doing one task at a time, while having complete trust in a wonderful outcome. We say to ourselves, “Everything is OK.” And if we feel it is not, we remember ourselves that “In the end, everything will be OK. And if it is not OK, it is not the end.” In doing so, over and over again, our lives become our works of art, our masterpieces.

miracles

If you don’t believe in miracles, perhaps you’ve forgotten you are one.

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“I like to think of myself as an artist, and my life is my greatest work of art. Every moment is a moment of creation, and each moment of creation contains infinite possibilities.”

~ Shakti Gawain

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Letting Go

WRITTEN by FLORENCIA CLEMENT DE GRANPREY

So, this entire week I’m practicing “letting go”… letting go of many things: letting go of feelings that don’t serve me, of people who want my time and attention but aren’t willing to give me theirs, of judgement, because it’s not my job, of impatience, because everything happens when it is supposed to, of the past, because I’m here now, of worry, because despite what I’d like to think I don’t have control on pretty much anything… and a biggie for me, letting go of outcomes.

I’m really trying not to be attached to the outcome, I have to trust that the outcome will be perfect however it may look… I must focus on the now and not on what might be in the future, mainly, because I must be willing to accept failure and not only success. Maybe if I’m not attached to the outcome, I can just enjoy the process… kind of like baking a cake and having a blast while making it even if it might come out looking completely different from the pretty picture in the recipe book.

Beaches of Molokai 2015 - photo by Florencia Clement de Grandprey
Beaches of Molokai 2015 – photo by Florencia Clement de Grandprey

A few weeks ago, I invited you to let go. I’m trying different ways to do so and applying it to a variety of situations. This week it’s about past partners (I seem to have accumulated a nice collection, lol). So, I continue letting go… because I need to make room for the right one. We’ve all had negative relationship experiences at some point of our life. Every time it doesn’t work out we put up a little wall to prevent it from happening again. Some of us call this self protection. This instinct is completely natural, and, to some extent, even necessary. Unfortunately, after enough beatings, we have so many barriers up that there is hardly any room for a new person to wiggle themselves into our protected hearts. However, the problem isn’t really the barriers, but, rather, the hurt attached to the negative experiences, which we carry with us long after the relationship is over. All this hurt weighs us down and interferes with future relationships. We relive the pain to remind ourselves of what we don’t want, but in doing so, we sabotage possible new relationships…

I’ve come to realize that I need to remove the hurt to be able to move forward. I’m doing this by assuming responsibility, asking myself for forgiveness for being in the situation, loving myself, and thanking myself for every time there has been hurt. By doing this I’m letting go of the pain. I have spent the last week repeating this practice throughout the day, while thinking of each and every person (male) I’ve had a relationship with (even those I didn’t necessarily think were negative). I’m cleansing myself of the pain and suffering attached to these experiences. I can learn from them, but the hurt doesn’t serve me and I choose to LET IT GO!
I’m using the ho’oponopono mantra: “I’m sorry, please forgive me, I love you, thank you.” 

What hurt from relationships are you carrying around that you would like to relieve yourself of? Will you join me this week in letting go of this past pain? It doesn’t serve us to carry it any longer… let’s let go of it and make room for the right persons in our lives!

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This is such a beautiful practice: to forgive others and our own selves. The truth is that we learn and change throughout life: we can learn about ourselves and become more authentic, less afraid of showing who we really are. We can learn to protect ourselves from those who want to hurt us. We can learn to be less selfish, and to care more for others. We can learn to treat others the way they ought to be treated. We are not the same person throughout our lives. We can forgive the ignorance and the lack of sensibility of others. We can also forgive ourselves for our own ignorance and lack of skills to treat others properly and for our inability to notice and tend to their needs. “I am sorry. Please, forgive me. I love you. Thank you.”

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My father loves me

I remember when you told me, “That day, when you called and told me that you had been looking for a while for a vocal processor to help me with my singing, I realized, ‘My father loves me.’ I knew it already, but that was a special moment, one of deep knowing.”

The way you told me that story, and conveyed the emotion you felt, made it all very special for me. It was a great gift, one that I will cherish forever. You can tell me the story over and over again, as many times as you want; I will always love listening to it.

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Your greatest gift to me is love, and my greatest gift to you is love, a love that is beautiful, serene, huge and unexplainable. I love you immensely. I love that you are in my life. I thank you for your generous sharing that allows me to be in your life. I love to witness your journey, and be blessed by your joy.

I think of the time when one of us will depart from this physical realm and we will not be sharing life in this dimension together anymore. Although this saddens me, I know that love is eternal and transcends this dimension. I feel that you and I have always existed, and we will never cease to exist. We have always loved and will always love each other.  I feel that love is a bonding force and that our love is eternal.

“Never was there a time when you or I did not exist, nor in the future shall any of us cease to be.” ~ from the Bhagavad-Gita 

There Is Only Love

words and music: Michael Gott / additional verse: Karen Drucker

In this moment in this place

I remember who I am

Letting fear and worry fall away from me

I open my eyes and see

There is only love

There is only love

Love that heals

Love that sets us free

There is only love…

When I lose myself

when it seems I’ve lost my way

When I go inside and quiet my mind

I can hear Spirit gently say…

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Happy First Blink, Mateus

Happy first blink, Mateus.

You blinked and 24 years went by. Blink again, look back, and 48 years would have passed. Blink a 3rd time, and there goes 72 years. Blink a 4th time… Time passes by fast, so make it a priority to follow your bliss.

Piero e Mateus The Met

I have been thinking about the fact that we are in each other’s lives, and about the bond that unites us. Some say that we are spiritual beings having human existences and that before coming to this physical plane we met in the spiritual dimension and agreed what roles we would play and what we would be doing to help one another down the path of purification, enlightenment and liberation. Maybe that was the case, and when we met you said, “I am going to be your son, and I will help you,” and I said, “I am going to be your father, and I will help you,” and we created a sacred contract.

If we believe that we come here to learn how to liberate ourselves from the cycle of human misery, and if we believe that we keep coming back until we succeed, we have to accept that some individuals are further along the path of purification and liberation than others. I remember Wally telling me that he thought you were one of those more evolved beings. And I agree with him: I recognize in you a being with special wisdom, traits and abilities. I see you as a teacher, my teacher. I’ve learned and continue to learn a lot from you. Do you remember when you told me how you dealt with people who were illogical and stubborn? You showed me the wisdom contained in doing a simple shoulder shrug, saying “Whatever,” and moving on. It may seen completely unremarkable to you, but believe it or not, it made a huge difference in the quality of my life. It was an eye-opener that taught me, once and for all, to let go of the compulsion to convince those who do not see as I see.

Piero e Mateus The Met A

You blinked once and this globe upon which we live has traveled through the cosmos and completed 24 ellipses around the sun while rotating around its imaginary axis 8,766 times.

When I first held you in my arms, I could never imagine what your life would be like. I could never imagine that one day I would have a son who would graduate from the most prestigious university in the world, who would travel to so many exotic places, and who would live in the most vibrant metropolis on the planet.

I admire you very much. I think about the challenges you faced, such as moving to two countries during your childhood, and having to leave everything behind, and having to get adapted to new cultures, learn new languages, and make new friends. I know it wasn’t easy, but I believe it helped to make of you the exceptional man you are. I also remember you as a stubborn and hard-headed little child, and when I see the very determined man you are now, I rest knowing that it all worked out for the good!

One of my most precious memories are the times I used to take you to Mrs. Corrigan’s first grade class. I remember our little ritual: you hung your backpack, I got down on my knees, and we hugged each other behind the classroom door. Those were long, tender, endearing hugs, not different from the ones we share now. I guess that’s when our ongoing who-will-hang-in-there-longer hug challenge began. Back then, I thought you needed the hugs. Now I see that I was the one who needed them.

Piero e Mateus The Met B

I think about what life has in store for you. It is my desire to be around to see you performing to thousands of people. I can see myself rejoicing while seeing the crowds having a good time, singing your songs. I know it has already happened. I can “remember” it.

I can’t resist to give some advice: Create music that makes you happy and that will make others happy. Be generous. Give your audience what will make them feel good. Spread positive vibes that will make the whole world better.

Dream of success, but never forget that you are greatly successful already. Do not condition your happiness to any imagined situation in the future. Don’t wait. Be happy now, for no reason at all. Be happy now because you are a success already.

If someone asked me, “Do you know a good man?” I would point at you, and praise your civility, generosity, honesty, goodwill, good nature, and respect for others. You have a compassionate heart and a joyful, fun-loving spirit. You make people around you smile, laugh, feel better, and love life. You are such a great man! I admire you for so many things you have done, such as the work you did with One Planet United and the OPU Club, your work for the homeless at Harvard Square, and the work you are doing now helping underprivileged children in the New York City boroughs. I admire you. You are a light that brightens the world.

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“The tiny flame that lights up the human heart is like a blazing torch that comes down from heaven to light up the paths of mankind. For in one soul are contained the hopes and feelings of all Mankind.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

Piero e Mateus The Met C

Everything is impermanent, so do not get attached to anything. Pleasant things and experiences, as well as unpleasant ones, will come and pass away. As George Harrison sang, “All things must pass, all things must pass away.” The most important thing is to move along the path of purification that leads to enlightenment and the liberation from the shackles of human misery and suffering. So, in your pursuit of success, stay away from obsessive craving and clinging.

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“They cling obstinately to lives of wealth and honor, comfort and pleasure, excitement and self-indulgence, ignorant of the fact that the desire for these very things is the source of human suffering. If one carefully considers all the facts, one must be convinced that at the basis of all suffering lies the principle of craving desire. If avarice can be removed, human suffering will come to an end.” The Teachings of Buddha, Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai

Piero e Mateus The Met D

You have already lived 1,252 weeks and 2 days, or 8,766 days (out of which 6,260 were weekdays and 2,506 were weekend days… Yes, I looked it up!).  You have been breathing now for 210,384 hours, or 12,623,040 minutes, or 757,382,400 seconds. Be happy because you have used all this time wisely. You have built an amazing masterpiece: You.

Happy birthday, my son!

Without any intention of sounding morbid, it is interesting that we celebrate birthdays, isn’t it? “Happy birthday! You are one year closer to the end of your life!” Physical death is not a bad thing, is it? I don’t see it as such. Maybe the biggest rewards are at the end of our physical existence. Who knows, right? What I know is that being mindful of our impermanence is a good thing. It makes us pay more attention,  and focus on what is important.

Some say that life is short. Yes, we have many desires that we want to fulfill, many projects that we initiate and want to finish, many experiences that we want to live. Life is short for all we want to do, and I guess that the majority of us on our deathbeds regret not having done some of the things that we envisioned. So, I leave you with this quote:

“I don’t regret the things I did. I just regret the things I didn’t do when I had a chance to do them. I regret the decisions I waited too long to make. I regret the times I hesitated and didn’t approach the people I was attracted to. I regret the times I didn’t say what should have been said… I don’t regret the things I did; I just regret the things I didn’t do and the chances I didn’t take.”

Time passes by fast, so approach the prettiest girl and the people who may help you, no matter how unapproachable they may seem to be. Life is short, so choose wisely: surround yourself with uplifting, positive people, who build you up and make your days more enjoyable, and stay away from those crazy-makers, energy-draining vampires, and toxic environments.

Continue to do good. Remember always that the good you make comes back to you. If you are good to others, others will be good to you. If you are generous with others, others will be generous with you. If you forgive others, others will forgive you. In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make (you know where this line came from right?).

Remember what Daniel Barrett told you when you met: “How stoked are you willing to be? In your life, sort for pleasure.”

So, follow your bliss. Take risks. Try, or as Master Yoda would say, “Do, or do not. There is not try.” Do more of what makes you happy. Above all, don’t die with regrets.

Remember that it’s all in our thoughts. Be attentive, alert and vigilant. Observe what goes on in your mind, and populate it with positive, optimistic, happy thoughts. This is the greatest truth: “We are what we think.”

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I love you, now and for all eternity.

It’s good to be your father.

Papai

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Thinking

If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost a cinch that you won’t.

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If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost;
For out of the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you’re outclassed, you are;
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win the prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can!

~ Walter D. Wintle

Thinking is the famous poem written by Walter D. Wintle, a poet who lived in the late 19th and early 20th century. Little to nothing is known about any details of his life. “Thinking” is also known as “The Man Who Thinks He Can”. In the 20th century, different versions of the poem have been published. To this date, it is unknown which version correctly represents the original version, but it is strongly believed that the version above, published at least as early as 1905 (“Unity” College Magazine), embodies the original and unaltered poem. The exact date of the first, original publication of “Thinking” is unknown. ~ From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Parenting – If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again

If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again

If I had my child to raise over again,

I’d finger paint more, and point the finger less.

I’d do less correcting, and more connecting.

I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.

I would care to know less, and know to care more.

I’d take more hikes and fly more kites.

I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play.

I’d run through more fields, and gaze at more stars.

I’d do more hugging, and less tugging.

I would be firm less often, and affirm much more.

I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later.

I’d teach less about the love of power,

And more about the power of love.

It matters not whether my child is big or small,

From this day forth, I’ll cherish it all.

From 100 Ways to Build Self-Esteem & Teach Values by Diana Loomans (c) 2004 New World Library / Copyright © Diana Loomans

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Wayshowers and the Paths to Awakening

Whenever we find something beautiful we want to show it to others. This desire to share our findings is natural. But I have realized that no matter how much we may want to share, only those who have the right eyes will be able to see what we have found. Be cognizant that if the time is not right for them, they will not see what we have to show, or understand what we have to say.

The truth is that many individuals are sitting right on top of treasures without being able to see them.

Each individual is on a different and unique path of transformation and enlightenment, of purification and liberation, and the timing of the findings for each person is different. In other words, although guides, mentors, scouts and way-showers are important, the paths must be opened and the findings must be made by each person on her own.

Nevertheless, do not hesitate to show your way, talk about your findings, and share your treasures. But be sure that your sharing is made out of the love you have for others — out of your desire to help them on their path of awakening — and not to satisfy the need of your ego to boast itself as more evolved.

Be cognizant that if the time is not right for them, they will not be able to hear what you say, they will not be able to see what you show, and they will not understand you.

But no matter what, with compassion in your heart, love them, even more than before.

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Welcome and entertain all visitors

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

~ Mevlana Jalal’uddin Rumi

Coleman Barks, The Essential Rumi

(HarperSanFrancisco, 1997) 109.

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Keep digging your well

In the early morning hour,
just before dawn, lover and beloved wake
and take a drink of water.

October 18

She asks, “Do you love me or yourself more?
Really, tell the absolute truth.”

He says, “There’s nothing left of me.
I’m like a ruby held up to the sunrise.
Is it still a stone, or a world
made of redness? It has no resistance
to sunlight.”

This is how Hallaj said, I am God,
and told the truth!

The ruby and the sunrise are one.
Be courageous and discipline yourself.

Completely become hearing and ear,
and wear this sun-ruby as an earring.

Work. Keep digging your well.
Don’t think about getting off from work.
Water is there somewhere.

Submit to a daily practice.
Your loyalty to that
is a ring on the door.

Keep knocking, and the joy inside
will eventually open a window
and look out to see who’s there.

~ Mevlana Jalal’uddin Rumi (1207-1273)

Coleman Barks, The Essential Rumi

HarperSanFrancisco, 1997, 100-101.

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The Potato Principle – 2

“Rien ne se cre, rien ne se perd.” ~ Lavoisier

According to the French scientist, Lavoisier, “nothing is created, nothing is lost.”

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What follows is some of Thich Nhat Hanh’s wisdom which came to me though his book “No Death, No Fear: Comforting Wisdom for Life.”

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Nothing is born, nothing dies. Our true nature is the nature of no birth and no death. Only when we touch our true nature can we transcend the fear of non-being, the fear of annihilation.

Our true nature is the nature of no coming, no going. We have not come from anywhere, we shall not go anywhere. When conditions are sufficient, we manifest. When conditions are no longer sufficient, we no longer manifest. It does not mean that we do not exist.

Not only do the notions of coming and going not express reality, neither the notions of being and non-being.

Nothing has a separate self, and nothing exists by itself. If we examine things carefully we will see that all phenomena, including ourselves, are composites. We are all made up of other parts. We are made of our mother and father, our grandmothers and grandfathers… and innumerable non-self elements. We see that all that has existed, exists, or will exist is interconnected and interdependent. All that we see has only manifested because it is part of something else, or other conditions that make it possible to manifest. All phenomena are neither produced nor destroyed, because they are in a constant process of manifesting.

To really understand this is to be free from fear. It is to become enlightened. It is to live in inter-being.

We have to practice looking deeply like this to nourish our awakened understanding of no birth and no death in our daily lives. In this way we can realize the wonderful gift of non-fear.

Looking deeply, we should also see that there is no birth, there is no death; there is no coming, there is no going; there is no being, there is no non-being; there is no same, there is no different.

The cream of enlightened wisdom is the insight of no birth, no death. When we have this insight we will have no more fear.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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“After hundreds of thousands of millions of years, every particle of clay has passed through every kind of vessel. Every body has particles that have “belonged” to every other body. The vessel-bodies are so tightly packed that there is no distance between them, one shape curving into the next, a valley in one is a hill in another.” ~ Jan Chozen Bays, “Embodiment”


 

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Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

Here’s a story I’ve heard… Every morning, while sitting in the porch of his farmhouse, the man would watch his cows leave the barn and go to the pastureland for grazing. He noticed that they always took the same path to get there: a turn to the left, a turn to the right, another turn to the left through the woods, and a final turn to the right. Day in, and day out, the cows would walk the same tortuous path, over and over again. One night, there was a huge storm, and many trees came down, revealing a much straighter and shorter path to the pastures. He imagined that the cows would notice how much easier it would be to go directly from the barn to the grazing fields. But rather than taking the more direct route to the feeding grounds, he witnessed that the cows continued to use the same old path as before.

When I think about this story, I immediately think about us, human beings, and how set and inflexible we are in our behaviors, just like the cows in the tale. And I ponder, “Yes, old habits die hard.”

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Mindfulness allows us to see ourselves and our behavioral patterns more clearly. With practice we become better able to observe our thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations, and also see our habitual, conditioned, repetitive reactions to the challenging situations in life. We notice how we react when someone pushes our buttons, and how we behave during certain difficult interactions. We become aware of our choices to fight, freeze, or flee, and realize when we have been aggressive, passive, or assertive.

The jewel of the mindfulness practice is that it gives us more control over our lives, control to enhance the space and time between stimulus and response, control to choose the wisest responses, all of which enhances the quality of our lives and our overall well-being. We realize that we can choose, and that we do not have to always follow the same path. We can choose different ones.

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Autobiography In Five Short Chapters

Chapter I

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I fall in.
I am lost… I am helpless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes me forever to find a way out.

Chapter II

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I’m in the same place.
But it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter III

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in…it’s a habit
My eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

Chapter IV

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

Chapter V

I walk down another street.

~ Portia Nelson

There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk: The Romance of Self-Discovery

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Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.


 

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– “Silent Peace Walk”

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