Sunday, February 27, 2011

From 12/5/10 - dharma talk - Suffering

What is the future that needs me in order to emerge? Not just me, but every little piece good and bad. I am the universe, which is looking at me, experiencing ourselves as ourselves..

Johanna Massey - helping people feel the suffering of the world. Often we close our hearts because it is overwhelming. But if we actually allow ourselves, our hearts will open out and we will embody that compassionate impulse.

"The Universe is a Green Dragon"
"The Age of Empathy"
"The Empathic Civilization"

The trajectory of human empathy and compassion, of a widening heart, of realizing how profoundly we are interconnected.

A yearning in the ancient galaxies for life and a promise for life. What is emerging from us? We are now the promise of an evolved, aware life.

Right relationship with reality.
Future emerging out of our collective capacity for choice. Being the presence of the universe in human form. Living in alignment with reality.
Doing this work of rehabilitation.
The universe becoming aware of itself.

Going from thinking the world is made for me to thinking we are here for the world.

There is no physical place that can relieve suffering. Flexibility is key.

A teacher knows how to push you through transformation. We can actually meet suffering with mindfulness and compassion not with arrogance, anger, jealousy, depression. Go in with curiosity, play, childlike attitude to life. Go in with Why not? not why?

When you are in disagreement, can you stop and send the other positive thoughts?

Allow ease to be equally a part of effort. Remember that Buddha nature is always there in every moment.

Book recommended by Leigh: The Daily Meditation Book - Journey to the Heart by Melody Beattie

Book recommended by Margaret: The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, a Book that Changes Lives by Dan Millman

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