for Paris

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The only true guardian of peace. In modern society, despite sophisticated policing systems with advanced technology, acts of terrorism still take place. Although one side has many sophisticated techniques for keeping track of the other side, that other side is becoming more creative carrying out their crimes. The only true guardian of peace lies within: a sense of concern and responsibility for your own future and an altruistic concern for the well-being of others.  ~Dalai Lama

so many prayers….. so many offerings….. so many mercies…..

It’s hard to hang out with the truth of what we’re feeling. We may sincerely intend to pause and be mindful whenever a crisis arises, or whenever we feel stuck and confused, but our conditioning to react, escape, or become possessed by emotion is very strong. Yes, there are times when being present feels out of reach or too much to bear. there are times when false refuges can relieve stress, give us a breather, help lift our mood. But when we’re not connected to the clarity and kindness of presence, we’re all too likely to fall into more misunderstanding, more conflict, and more distance from others and our own heart.  ~Tara Brach

for all that hurts

To stop the battle and step out of the hypnotism of our thoughts is the liberation of mindfulness of the mind. Mindfulness allows us to know the limits of the thinking mind, to return to the heart. Our heart has spaciousness and love and wisdom and intuition and deep freedom, all of which are beyond all of out stories. “There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity,” writes Thomas Merton, “a silence that is a fountain of action and joy. It rises up in wordless gentleness and flows out to me from the unseen roots of all creation.” This is meditation- to rest in the vast silence, which always surrounds us, whether we’re aware of it or not. And in this silence breath breathes itself, feelings come and go, the body experiences the release of its tensions, and the river of thoughts continues but within a much larger sense of vastness. This is the wisdom that is timeless.  ~Jack Kornfield

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