It was only after I experienced suffering that I began to have compassion. I now see all the suffering in my past as beautiful, golden moments of extraordinary grace and love, allowing my heart to open and the Universe to come rushing in.
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“The Buddhist way of understanding is always letting go of our views and knowledge in order to transcend. This is the most important teaching. That is why I use the image of water to talk about understanding. Knowledge is solid; it blocks the way of understanding. Water can flow, it can penetrate anything.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh
This has been on my mind since my daughter was accused by one of her playmates of being a tattletale because she came to me to help her address bullying and name-calling that was happening while she and some neighbors were playing outside.
Please don’t ever tell your kids not to “tattle” or “snitch” on anyone. It’s the knowledge that they can tell you anything at anytime that protects them from pedophiles and bullies, etc. If you aren’t their soft place to land, they’ll find someone else to confide in, and that could be a very bad thing.
Once you get to the place where the opinions of others no longer have power over you, you have a choice to either look at them with disdain, saying, “I don’t care what you think,” or to shower them with love because they are just as wonderful and special as you are.
In the course of leaving my family’s belief system and forging out on my own to find my truth, I’ve realized that for the most part a person can believe whatever they choose to believe. You can find arguments and proof to back almost any belief. So then the questions become, “What do I want to believe?” and “What do I know is true?” or “What is the best thing for me to believe?”
To answer this, I must look deep inside myself and feel the truth that I can be sure of. I’m now convinced that the only way to find my truth is to be silent, to hear my own heart.
And what does my heart say? It tells me to focus on love and peace, kindness and compassion. If I do this, I will find my way to truth.
Breathing in, calm body and mind. Breathing out, smile. Dwelling in the present moment, know this is the only moment. Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.
~Thich Nhat Hanh