I am larger and better than I thought.
I did not think I held so much goodness.
to seek the unexpected goodness and rich fervor of another….how inspiring and vulnerable and a little embarrassing……and yet, the more open and raw and real, the deeper and more fluid and sustaining…..an so it is…..
The Christian mystic Thomas Merton says, “Life is this simple. We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and the divine is shining through it all the time. This is not just a nice story or a fable. This is true.” To me, the divine is the loving awareness that is our source and essence. When we pay careful attention, we see every person as an expression of the love and goodness we cherish. Every being becomes the Beloved. When we see the secret beauty of anyone, including ourselves, we see past our judgment and fear into the core of who we truly are- no an entrapped self but the radiance of goodness. As our trust in our basic goodness deepens, we are able to express our love and creativity more fully in the world. Rather than second-guessing ourselves, rather than being paralyzed by self doubt, we can honor and respond to the promptings that arise from that goodness. In a similar way, when we trust the goodness in others, we become a mirror to help them trust themselves. We are free to love each other, and the whole of life, without holding back…..Tara Brach
Happiness cannot be found through great effort and will power,
But is already there, in relaxation and letting-go.
Don’t strain yourself, there is nothing to do-
Only our search for happiness prevents us from seeing it-
Don’t believe in the reality of good and bad experiences;
They are like rainbows.
Wanting to grasp the ungraspable, you exhaust yourself in vain.
As soon as you relax this grasping, space is there
-open, inviting, and comfortable.
So, make use of it. All is yours already.
Don’t search any further-
Nothing to do.
Nothing to force,
Nothing to want,
-and everything happens by itself.
…..Lama Dendun Rinpoche