Use what you have. If you don’t have what you need or want, don’t worry and don’t be too anxious to have more. Just try to appreciate whatever you have–you body, your mind, your material things, your sensations, your feelings, your knowledge–whatever you are doing.
Be kind to yourself.
Take the time to re-evaluate what a fortunate opportunity you have and contemplate the tremendous pain and suffering and confusion of others. Whenever you are depressed or feel hopeless or desperate, use the energies within your meditation. And at other times, when you are extremely joyful and positive, do not become too attached. In other words, whatever happens, up or down, use your experience to learn and to become more aware. Once everything becomes meditation, you can find this balance, this peace, this contentment.
Life will not seem too difficult and you will become ever more open, more fully able to appreciate all you already have and are.
We are caught – caught in habit’s crocodile jaws.
Perfect ease is not an ordinary part of our mindset; it may take some practice.
Meditation is a way of opening our lives to the richness of experience, not an esoteric practice limited to certain times and places. Whether we live in the quiet of the country or in the turmoil of the city, mediation can actually become a way of life. In this kind of meditation, we learn to embrace and learn from whatever we experience.
The most rewarding love we can realize is the love that is already within us, at the heart of our being. Here there is an infinite source of warmth that we can use to transform our loneliness and unhappiness. As we contact this nurturing energy, we find the inner resources necessary to be truly responsible for our own growth and well-being. We learn to maintain a healthy body and mind, and to care for ourselves in the best possible way in every situation. When our ability to fulfill our own genuine needs expands, we are able to truly help others as well.
Taking care of ourselves is not just another selfish act with a spiritual label. It is possible to give ourselves compassion without being motivated by self love, because grasping for satisfaction is very different from learning to take care of ourselves. Without compassion, thoughts and actions are based on desire for egotistical or selfish gratification. But genuine compassion, the antidote to ego, arises from a humble and fearless attitude of openness and generosity.
Knowing that you do not stand on anything can be liberating. Perhaps you think you are not good enough or smart enough, not sufficiently successful or loving enough to be free. But who brings up these doubts? Who is being addressed and who receives the answers? If we can penetrate our illusions, acting with love and responsibility, we see there is nothing to lose.
Know this: There are ways to make knowledge richer and broader. There is no need to worry or fear… There is nothing to gain and nothing to lose. You can relax and take the next step into ease.
The path of knowledge is a path of independence. It is our way we develop; our knowledge we rely on; our awareness we respect. The only teacher we need is here; the light of inquiry and realization is available. What prevents us from setting forth?
We can think deeply toward a mind that engages the world without falling into negativity and depression. Why not do so?
Haven’t we had enough “business as usual”?
Aren’t we tired of seeing what is wrong in the world and having no way to address it?
There is no profit in fighting, killing, and putting others down: that is not the way to happiness and well-being: We need to learn to respond to our circumstances with wisdom and with all the knowledge we can muster. We need to make this human mind great again.
Regardless of our past, we can now make a choice for our future. If we are determined to work on ourselves honestly and intelligently much worthwhile growth can take place. Honesty is required because we have to learn to take care of ourselves in the best possible way; intelligence is required because there are many obstacles to overcome. Unless we are relentlessly honest, ultimately we will cheat ourselves by trying to cover up our mistakes or trying to escape our difficulties, rather than confronting ourselves and bringing about meaningful change. If we want to attain inner peace an balance, we must begin with honesty.