Month: May 2015

Idiot compassion is the highly conceptualized idea that you want to do good. But that doesn’t mean to say that you have to be gentle all the time. Your gentleness should have heart, strength. In order that your compassion doesn’t become idiot compassion, you have to use your intelligence. Otherwise, there could be self-indulgence of thinking that you are creating a compassionate situation when … Read More

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. -Buddha Such a beautiful reminder. Yet, we spend so much time and energy searching throughout the entire universe … Read More

Most human beings are a few good years behind the curve of their own transformation. -David Whyte Transformation can feel a bit like Dorothy arriving in OZ—we’ve been living a black and white existence and in the blink of an eye, everything is in Technicolor. And we scratch our heads and wonder how long we’ve been deluding ourselves with our previous way of being … Read More

And so long as you haven’t experienced this; to die and so to grow, you are only a troubled guest on the dark earth. -Goethe There are transformational moments in our lives when we experience a kind of emotional or spiritual dying—a shedding of old ways, notions, and concepts of ourselves. This process, which has been called the hero’s journey or the dark night of … Read More

Let it begin with me

I take it, simply a fact, and in the light of it we can see how superficial and foolish we would be to think that we could correct what is wrong merely by tinkering with the institutional machinery. The changes that are required are fundamental changes in the way we are living. -Wendell Berry We don’t have to look very far to see the … Read More Let it begin with me

Compassionate Suffering

Understanding our own suffering helps us understand the suffering of the world. -Thich Nhat Hahn One of the most compassionate things we can do for the world is to get in touch with our own suffering. It is only by digging deep into the wounds of our broken heart and touching the rawness of our pain, that we can truly hold another’s hand and … Read More Compassionate Suffering

The Importance of Practice

The goal of spiritual practice is full recovery, and the only thing you need to recover from is a fractured sense of self. -Marianne Williamson We practice to remember who we truly are—to remember that we are more than this individual person experiencing numerous joys and numerous sorrows, to remember that we are bigger than our struggles and challenges, to remember that we are … Read More The Importance of Practice