the inner nagging over the merit of our days

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There is an uncanny symmetry

between the inner and outer world.

Each person is the sole inhabitant

of their own inner world; no-one else can get in there

to configure how things are seen.

Each of us is responsible for how we see,

and how we see determines what we see.

…..John O’Donohue

we can take a tour of our life’s sweetness, our life’s dank dungeons, our life’s gifted graces…..when finished, we can hold on or we can release it all into a gentle place of renewal….what speaks in the pink glow of all the unfortunate mishaps, the mysterious callings, the misguided intentions? where is clarity? where can the foolishness be unraveled? where are the places we are enough?

Becoming aware of intention is a key to awakening in moment-to-moment practice. In each situation that calls for our engagement, some inner intention will precede our response. Buddhist psychology teaches that intention is what makes the pattern of our karma. Karma, the cause and results of every action, comes from the heart’s intentions that precede each action. When our intentions are kind, the karmic result is very different from when they are greedy or aggressive. If we are not aware, we will unconsciously act out of habit and fear. But if we attend to our intentions, we can notice of they spring from the body of fear or from our deliberate thoughtfulness and care. In times of difficulty it is this repeated setting of our heart’s compass that determines the result. Do not doubt the transformation that can be born out of such conscious attention. Our spiritual practice can be this simple: to see with eyes of compassion and act with our wisest intention. Nelsen Mandela put it this way, ‘Thinking too well of people often allows them to behave better than they otherwise would.’ It is in such small things that we fulfill the lessons of the heart. It is from our intentions that our life grows. It is opening to one another that our path is made whole……Jack Kornfield

crafting our wings…..

What is truly important to me? How do I want to live?

How can I create the life I want?

How can I keep my soul fields nourished?

What can I do every day to be of real service?

How am I living when I feel most fully alive?

What do I feel called to do every day?

How does my soul want to create

a beautiful, abundant life?

….Janet Conner

11 thoughts on “the inner nagging over the merit of our days

  1. Hello Blue,

    Another very thought-provoking and wisdom-filled post!

    “Thinking too well of people often allows them to behave better than they otherwise would.” Such very wise words indeed.

    “When our intentions are kind, the karmic result is very different from when they are greedy or aggressive.” True. But what about justice or justness or goodness? Kindness in my experience can also be a nebulous term (like peace and love and self-acceptance–all of these words/concepts/ideals can be decimated depending on the users level of understanding, differentiation, integrity, conscience, psychological health and maturity). I dislike when the Buddhist term “metta” is translated simply as kindness; the word is much richer than that. I much prefer when metta is rendered as loving-kindness. When our intentions are loving, kind, just, benevolent, oriented toward the good and what is right and moral, then the karmic results ought to be much different than if they stem from greed, a sense of entitlement, exploitativeness, et cetera. Should, but not always. Because apparently charisma and power (worldly influence) can do a lot to override karma–or at least delay it seemingly indefinitely.

    Blue, I much appreciate the time and effort and thought you put into your posts. Good on ya. 🙂

    Warmest regards as always,

    John

    • I appreciate your study and care with semantics. Spiritual studies in general run a great risk of landing in a nebulous, vague and wishy washy context or equally not useful when it’s rendered too pedantic. And yet another good caution here….’ Because apparently charisma and power (worldly influence) can do a lot to override karma–or at least delay it seemingly indefinitely.’ There can be a lot of ‘spin’ created to further the ego’s desires. Even goodness and kindness can come from deep egoic needs, let alone darker emotions.
      May our guide be the care we take in opening our hearts and grounding our intentions……Important reminders here….thank you John….

  2. Far above the traces of ego, is another existence. For lack of the proper term, I would call it the soul’s core – a place of intuitive understanding that has no recognition of self. Those who know (KNOW) this ‘place’, live there. We rarely know their names and hardly ever see their faces, for their light shines in places we do not go and hundreds of thousands are made more by their love – their simple unpretentious ‘total’ love.

    It’s sad that there are so many without the desire to know such a beautiful ‘place’. However, let me say that I believe that even those who give for selfish reasons – there is good – for there are blessings come even from those. Thus the words I lean to the most from scripture, ‘and it was good’.

    To open our hearts and souls to light and love is an effort, a practice in becoming. To open a heart such that the entire world falls in is truly an act of faith, and an act of selfless abandon to love. Forgotten the fear of not being known.

    Beautiful truths as always, Blue. ~ Love, Bobbie

    • Your words are soft balm….like a gentle seaside breeze…..that doesn’t mean it’s always easy, does it? …….it’s more about being real……love this; ‘To open a heart such that the entire world falls in is truly an act of faith, and an act of selfless abandon to love.’ Such wonder you have for the world! I so appreciate that, because I find the world that way too…..soul sisters on the path of becoming…..blessings Bobbie….

  3. “where are the places we are enough?” Wow! That provoked an inner journey……one that started out with the answer, “no where,” but ended up in a place I’ve been searching for many years. God bless you.

    • I am pleased that a tender heart prevailed……in our humanness we seek truth…..that doesn’t have to mean perfection…..a gentle nudging & a love that’s true to our hearts…..Many Blessings Eileen….

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