When you really pay attention, everything is your teacher.
imagine the ruins of a life gently redeemed with an offering…..not the trite, “let it go” kind, but the real discernment of honoring where we’ve been….
inquiry for today~ where do you put your offerings? to whom do you dedicate your suffering?
The practice of Radical Acceptance begins with our own pause under the bodhi tree. Just as the Buddha willingly opened himself to an encounter with Mara, we too can pause and make ourselves available to whatever life is offering us in each moment. In this way, as the Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh puts it, we “keep our appointment with life.” But until we stop our mental busyness, stop our endless activities, e have no way of knowing our actual experience. We primarily know how to avoid it. But stopping can be terrifying- to sit under the bodhi tree and face the arrows of Mara takes courage and resolve. ~Tara Brach