all hallow’s eve

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We can ask ourselves, where do I close down? What do I keep my mind or my heart locked against? What do I not want to see? What am I defending? One of the best illustrations of ignorance comes to us from 19th century Catholic mystic Teresa of Avila. In her realizations, she recognized that a powerful indication of the presence of ignorance is “praying as if God were not present.” “Praying as if God were not present” is the confused belief in a “self” existing separate from its own essential nature, from all others, and from the sacred. To name ignorance as ignorance within our own minds is to acknowledge that ignorance does not know- and cannot know- the truth. Ignorance keeps attention at a far remove from reality. Ignorance, in fact, refers to every moment that attention is not consciously abiding in grace.   ~Kathleen Dowling Singh

maybe the darker spaces of our heart whisper to us this eve to remind of us where we shut down……

inquiry for today~   as you play and costume and dance in the shadows, remember to open and open again and call forth your deeper capacity to love willingly…….

the real mystery

Gentleness in our practice and in our life helps to awaken bodhichitta. It’s like remembering something. This compassion, this clarity, this openness are like something we have forgotten. Sitting here being gentle with ourselves, we’re rediscovering something. That’s the essential meaning of the absolute bodhichitta slogan- to connect with the open, spacious quality of your mind, so that you can see that there’s no need to shut down and make such a big deal about everything. Then when you do make a big deal, you can give a lot of space and let it go.

~Pema Chodron

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