consider your wings

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This freedom is here for you. You can begin personally, with freedom of spirit, freedom to be yourself, and then discover freedom to love, freedom to stand up for what matters, and freedom to be happy. Finding freedom is an active process that engages your intellect, your heart, and your whole spirit. The means and the goal are one- be yourself, dream, trust, and act. You can choose your spirit. Freedom, love, and joy are yours, in your very life, your exact circumstance. They are your birthright.

~Jack Kornfield

there moments in every life when the heart is chained……and our most memorable moments are the sound of the cage door opening…….

inquiry for today~   the deepest contentment is yours…..in flight…..

how to fly

In my experience of spending time with him over the years, the Dalai Lama embodies on a regular basis what is deepest and best in all of us, by virtue of our being human. In that sense, he is not special, as he himself never ceases pointing out. But for qualities such as equanimity and kindness to come out in us and flourish usually requires cultivation, which is what meditation is really about. Then, what is “not special” becomes very special indeed, and what is ordinary becomes extraordinary. Here, I am not talking just about His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Imagine what the world would be like if more of us were able to undertake that cultivation. If motivated by our own dissatisfaction and suffering, our intuition as to where real happiness might lie, and our love for the beauty in the world and in life itself- including the unfamiliar other which sometimes scares us- we realize we are so much bigger than our fears and narratives about the world and who we are. then, we are just s we are, only awake to it. Nothing is different, except everything.

~Jon Kabat-Zinn

 

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