Words of Wisdom for July 17, 2024

Dear Friends:
Accessing our Inner Strength

Anxiety, heartbreak, and tenderness mark the in-between state. It’s the kind of place we usually want to avoid. The challenge is to stay in the middle rather than buy into struggle and complaint. The challenge is to let it soften us rather than make us more rigid and afraid. Becoming intimate with the queasy feeling of being in the middle of nowhere only makes our hearts more tender. When we are brave enough to stay in the middle, compassion arises spontaneously. By not knowing, not hoping to know, and not acting like we know what’s happening, we begin to access our inner strength.

– Pema Chodron, “The In-between State”

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–Jerome

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Words of Wisdom for July 16, 2024

Dear Friends:
“The more you are focused on time–past and future–the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.”

– Eckhart Tolle

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–Jerome

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Words of Wisdom for July 15, 2024

Dear Friends:
“We can’t remove external problems at will, but in terms of our inner world we can develop tolerance, forgiveness and contentment. If we have developed peace of mind, we can remain calm no matter what happens in the outside world.”

– His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibet House

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–Jerome

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Words of Wisdom for July 14, 2024

Dear Friends:
IT IS NOT EXPENSIVE
It is not expensive to be handsome
To build a rainbow is very cheap
Peonies compete with chrysanthemums
Blue sky has never been painted
Gold is golden by its own dignity

– Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Volume Seven. Excerpted from “Never Flinching” by Chogyam Trungpa

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–Jerome

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Words of Wisdom for July 13, 2024

Dear Friends:
Attention Excludes Nothing
Attention is not the same thing as concentration. Concentration is exclusion; attention, which is total awareness, excludes nothing. It seems to me that most of us are not aware, not only of what we are talking about but of our environment, the colours around us, the people, the shape of the trees, the clouds, the movement of water. Perhaps it is because we are so concerned with ourselves, with our own petty little problems, our own ideas, our own pleasures, pursuits and ambitions that we are not objectively aware. And yet we talk a great deal about awareness. Once in India I was travelling in a car. There was a chauffeur driving and I was sitting beside him. There were three gentlemen behind discussing awareness very intently and asking me questions about awareness, and unfortunately at that moment the driver was looking somewhere else and he ran over a goat, and the three gentlemen were still discussing awareness totally unaware that they had run over a goat. When the lack of attention was pointed out to those gentlemen who were trying to be aware, it was a great surprise to them.

– Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Words of Wisdom for July 12, 2024

Dear Friends:
Skillful Attitudes

Skillful attitudes of mind are the key to facing potentially explosive situations and the ongoing highs and lows of life and practice. In fact, recognizing these attitudes and cultivating their antidotes is the foundation for all spiritual growth. By cultivating skillful attitudes of mind, we will respond to more and more of life with awareness and wisdom. With steady awareness of the way things are, the perseverance to stay with that awareness, and the willingness to learn from it, we maximize our sense of well-being.

– Steve Armstrong, “Got Attitude?”

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Words of Wisdom for July 11, 2024

Dear Friends:
Compassion Conquers Hate

Compassion rather than hate is what helps. That’s not easy, because of our established patterns. But true dharma practice is to try to change that habit, change a pattern.

– Ngawang Gelek Demo Rinpoche, “What To Do When The Anger Gets Hot “

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Words of Wisdom for July 10, 2024

Dear Friends:
“One moment of unconditional love may call into question a whole lifetime of feeling unworthy, and invalidate it.”

– Rachel Naomi Remen

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Words of Wisdom for July 09, 2024

Dear Friends:
“Peace is not the absence of tension, but the presence of justice.”

– Marin Luther King Jr.

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Words of Wisdom for July 08, 2024

Dear Friends:
If we see impermanence as merely a philosophy, it is not the Buddha’s teaching. Every time we look or listen, the object of our perception can reveal to us the nature of impermanence. We have to nourish our insight into impermanence all day long.

– Thich Nhat Hanh, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching

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