Friday, 6 March 2015

When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless...


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“When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space.”-Pema Chödrön

The Preciousness Of Every Moment “There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines. Looking down, she sees that there are tigers below her as well. She then notices that a mouse is gnawing away at the vine to which she is clinging. She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries close to her, growing out of a clump of grass. She looks up and she looks down. She looks at the mouse. Then she just takes a strawberry, puts it in her mouth, and enjoys it thoroughly. Tigers above, tigers below. This is actually the predicament that we are always in, in terms of our birth and death. Each moment is just what it is. It might be the only moment of our life; it might be the only strawberry we’ll ever eat. We could get depressed about it, or we could finally appreciate it and delight in the preciousness of every single moment of our life.”― Pema Chödrön, 

In order to enjoy the current moment:  

Slow down.
 Breathe deeply in the moment and breathe in the deliciousness of life. 
Instead of hoping for the future and thinking about the past, look for the delight in the here and the now. Choose a small moment of peace and joy in this moment. 
Move slowly and gently taking it all in.
 Allow radical kindness and compassion for you and other sentient beings.
 Reduce distractions and multitasking…focus on the task at hand and dir
ect your attention to it. 
The truth as Pema so eloquently puts is that every moment of the present is a gift or a “present” and we can choose to appreciate it and savor the preciousness of it all.  When you redirect your perspective and focus to that simple but undeniable truth, the stories of lack, limitation and tigers might just fall apart. 

Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh  

“We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy. ” ― Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heartfelt Advice for Hard Times






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