time to retreat

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Don’t treat yourself so gingerly; you can let go of stuff. Sometimes it takes three breaths instead of two to do it, but you can do it. Be a little tougher and don’t cling to stuff. People go around carrying everybody’s stuff all of the time. I just pick it up and put it down. Pick it up and put it down. That doesn’t mean I’m not compassionate, it doesn’t mean I don’t love people. But holding onto people’s suffering is not compassionate… for them or for you. That’s what is so bizarre about it. As your consciousness expands to be more embracive, it begins to feel that this person’s suffering is the suffering, is my suffering, it is the nature of suffering. Out of that comes my heart’s desire to take away the suffering, and it starts to guide my life’s actions. And if there’s a chance to do something about it I’ll do it. If there’s no chance to do it, I’m not going to get freaked because there’s no chance to do it. As you start to operate from this place, you look through a set of glasses at the world which allow you to find ways to relieve the suffering. ~Ram Dass

you can settle into your most exquisite dependency on the grit of your life to get you through…..

inquiry for today~  reflect on what you hold onto the most……fear of loss? fear of happiness?

radiance

There’s something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying yes to our entire imperfect and messy life.  ~Tara Brach

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