Understanding that everything is sacred not only imparts a passionate intimacy, love, and concern for life, it also makes us feel everything more deeply and fully. Over and over again, we understand this brings with it not only joyful recognition but also deep sorrow over the suffering of the world. Transformation brings you closer to the truth of who you are, but this truth involves the full-hearted recognition of both the suffering and the joy of being.
Psychologist Ralph Metzner emphasized the process of bringing “as much consciousness as you can to bear on everything.” Go into your despair, he tells, for your power is there. “Everyone finds a way of being that is appropriate to them.”
Transformation is a path of deepening into all that life offers us. You cannot embrace the beauty of life without embracing all that is. And when you do so, your heart is effectively broken open and the world rushes in.
As a result, you may find yourself motivated by a new, internally generated moral imperative to make a difference to be of service to others, and to protect the Earth for future generations.
~Marilyn Mandala Schlitz
when we make an altar of our retched experiences……..
inquiry for today~ maybe you don’t have to pretend to be ok today…..maybe your honoring comes from transforming okness to being real….
As the Maitri Sutra says, “With a boundless mind one could cherish all living beings, radiating friendliness over the entire world, above, below, and all around without limit.” In practicing equanimity, we train in widening our circle of understanding and compassion to include the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly. However, limitless equanimity, free of any prejudice at all, is not the same as an ultimate harmony where everything is finally smooth. It is more a matter of being fully engaged with whatever comes to our door. We could call it being completely alive.
Training in equanimity requires that we leave behind some baggage: the comfort of rejecting whole parts of our experience, for example, and the security of welcoming only what is pleasant. The courage to continue with this unfolding process comes from self-compassion and from giving ourselves plenty of time. If we continue to practice this way over the months and years, we will feel our hearts and minds grow bigger. When people ask me how long this takes, I say, “At least until you die.”