Did the rose
Ever open its heart
And give to this world
It felt the encouragement of light
We all remain
seeds of self-forgiveness sprout in the tender, cold ground of emptiness…..no false faces….no happy pretense….simply a pure and courageous communion with the self….there are no tests…..it is ok to be human……healing your own heart is beautiful work..
When Ram Dass suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage in 1997, he had more than four decades of spiritual training to help guide him. One of the American pioneers in bringing Eastern spirituality to the West, he had explored meditation practices from Hindu, Buddhist, Advaita, and other traditions and introduced several generations to meditation and the path of devoted service. Nonetheless, in the hours after his devastating stroke, he lay on a gurney staring at the pipes on the hospital ceiling, feeling utterly helpless and alone. No uplifting thoughts came to rescue him, and he was unable to regard what was happening with mindfulness or self-compassion. In that crucial moment, as he put it bluntly, ‘I flunked the test.’ I sometimes tell Ram Dass’s story to students who worry that they too have ‘flunked the test.’ They have practiced meeting difficulties, but then they encounter a situation where the fear or distress or pain is so great that they just cannot arouse mindful presence. I start by trying to help them judge themselves less harshly. At such times, our first step toward true refuge- often the only one available to us- is to discover some sense of caring connection with the life around and within us. We need to enter refuge through the gateway of love. In the midst of his powerlessness and despair, Ram Dass began to pray to Maharajji, his beloved guru, who to him had always been a pure emanation of love. The gateway of love is a felt sense of care and relatedness- with a loved one, with the earth, with a spiritual figure, and ultimately, with awareness itself. Just as a rose needs the encouragement of light, we need love……Tara Brach
so wildflowers will come up where you are.
You’ve been stony for too many years.
Try something different.