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Awakening the enlightened mind may not be a question of self-improvement, which is never-ending; it may be question of faith, which is always available right now. ~Hannah Tennant-Moore

no, we don’t really know what interconnectedness is, but we know when we don’t feel it….and we know our world is wrestling with disconnect and impatience……..maybe we should allow our wintertime…..

I place on the altar of dawn:
The quiet loyalty of breath,
The tent of thought where I shelter,
Waves of desire I am shore to
And all beauty drawn to the eye.

May my mind come alive today
To the invisible geography
That invites me to new frontiers,
To break the dead shell of yesterdays,
To risk being disturbed and changed.

May I have the courage today
To live the life that I would love,
To postpone my dream no longer
But do at last what I came here for
And waste my heart on fear no more.

~John O’Donohue

The teaching on karma makes compassion very specific. It gives a realistic picture of how interconnectedness  works; it affirms both your freedom to choose your actions and your ability to influence the world through your intentions; and ti gives clear guidelines as t which actions are compassionate and which are not. Its primary message is that the most compassionate course of action is to practice for your own awakening. The path to awakening involves generosity, virtue, and the skills of meditation, which include developing attitudes of unlimited goodwill and compassion.   ~Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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