You’ve been asleep for a long time.
Isn’t it time to awaken?
….sign on the entry path to Ajahn Chah’s monastery
we dream of miracles, stillness, peace, reprieve……we have astonishing gifts to offer and once we remember, and once we burrow into the dream of self-knowing, we loosen our grip and understand what it means to cultivate sanctuary….breathe in the fresh morning…..
Letting go does not mean losing the knowledge we have gained from the past. The knowledge of the past stays with us. To let go is simply to release any images and emotions, grudges and fears, clingings and disappointments that bind our spirit. Like emptying a cup, letting go leaves us free to receive, refreshed, sensitive, and awake. The Tao Te Ching explains, ‘Because she has let go, she can care for the welfare of all as a mother cares for her child.’ When we let go of being the one who suffers, we are free to bring blessings wherever we go. Paradoxically, letting go is both the goal and the path. I see the fruits of letting go shine in all those who undertake this practice. Grace and generosity grow as we let go of the struggles of life. We awaken to a poignancy and tenderness beyond our own personal injuries. One Zen master calls this caring ‘the tears of the way.’ Our heart is open and we feel connected to all things…..Jack Kornfield
Several years ago, a friend of mine lived with me during the final few months of her life. Not completely understanding the effects of her illness, I kept saying, ‘Michelle, you must eat. You’re getting too thin! Eat!’ And after she died, I read in her journal about how ‘Marianne takes it for granted that if you eat, you gain weight; if you want to go out somewhere, you can; and if you want to live past this year, it’s a reasonable proposition.’ She was someone who had so little to be happy about, but she taught me so much about happiness. During those months, right after the birth of my daughter, I would come home to find my dying friend with my baby snuggled next to her. There was a smile of bliss on both their faces that I will remember all my days….Marianne Williamson