Monday, August 4, 2014

Contemplative Monday

I can really relate to this 'lesson' today.
Had I only known when growing up I could use it as a training ground......

The following quote is from 'Heart Advice, Weekly Quotes from Pema Chodron'. (click)


"Bodhichitta (an awakened mind) exists on two levels.
 First there is unconditional bodhichitta, an immediate experience that is 
refreshingly free of concept, opinion, and our usual all-caught-upness.

It's something hugely good that we are not able to pin down even slightly,
like knowing at gut level that there's nothing to lose.

Second there is relative bodhichitta, our ability to keep our hearts and minds
open to suffering without shutting down.

Those who train wholeheartedly in awakening unconditional and relative bodhichitta
are called bodhisattvas or warriors....not warriors who kill and harm 
but warriors of nonaggression who hear the cries of the world.

These are men and women who are willing to train in the middle of the fire.
Training in the middle of the fire can mean that warrior-bodhisattvas
enter challenging situations in order to alleviate suffering.

It also refers to their willingness to cut through personal reactivity and self-deception,
to their dedication to uncovering the basic undistorted energy of bodhichitta.

We have many examples of  master warriors-----
people like Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King----
who recognized that the greatest harm comes from our own aggressive minds.
They devoted their lives to helping others understand this truth.

There are also many ordinary people who spend their lives
 training in opening their hearts and minds in order to help others do the same.
Like them, we could learn to relate to ourselves and our world as warriors.
We could train in awakening our courage and love."

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