to feel alive

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I first heard the phrase, “real but not true” from Tibetan Buddhist teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and I’ve found it to be a great tool for breaking through the trance. In the midst of obsessing about our own failings, about what will go wrong, how others perceive us, what’s wrong with others- some inner wisdom reminds us: “real but not true.”

Mindfulness can then reconnect us with the vibrating sensations in our hands, this inflowing breath, the pressure or ache in our heart, and we open to the larger awareness that holds all our thoughts and feelings. If we can realize that our fear thoughts are real but not true, they lose their power to possess us and shrink our world. We are free to inhabit our wholeness and vitality and to appreciate the wildflowers and the singing birds.

~Tara Brach

we long for purity of spirit, fresh perspective, and new beginnings…..

inquiry for today~   with all of your raw emotions, linger in the heart and touch upon the essence of your tenderness…..

obsession and purity

Being preoccupied with ourselves is like being deaf and blind. It’s like standing in the middle of a vast field of wildflowers with black hood over our heads. It’s like coming upon a tree of singing birds while wearing earplugs.

~Pema Chodron

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