Extra Info from January's talks
From Pema Chodron
Chitta means “mind” and also “heart” or “attitude.” Bodhi means “awake,” “enlightened,” or “completely open.” Sometimes the completely open heart and mind of bodhichitta is called the soft spot, a place as vulnerable and tender as an open wound. It is equated, in part, with our ability to love. Even the cruelest people have this soft spot. Even the most vicious animals love their offspring. As Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche put it, “Everybody loves something, even if it’s only tortillas.”
The Buddha said that we are never separated from enlightenment. Even at the times we feel most stuck, we are never alienated from the awakened state. This is a revolutionary assertion. Even ordinary people like us with hang-ups and confusion have this mind of enlightenment called bodhichitta. The openness and warmth of bodhichitta is in fact our true nature and condition. Even when our neurosis feels far more basic than our wisdom, even when we’re feeling most confused and hopeless, bodhichitta—like the open sky—is always here, undiminished by the clouds that temporarily cover it.
“I wish I could shut up, but I can’t, and I won’t.” – Desmond Tutu
"For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile." - Elie Wiese
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Notes from Sunday Lesson of November 18 Grateful Compassion
Feeling chuffed to be of good heart.
One spiritual practice of grateful compassion could be
- Find someone to practice with
- Find some suffering/distress/unhappiness
- Ask what could I do to alleviate this?
- Take some action
- Throw money
- Express empathy using words.
- Silent empathy: show up be there.
- Cultivate the chuff, jump on the joyful, go for the grateful about having the opportunity to express your compassion and have it received.
Notes from Sunday Lesson of November 11 Sympathy for the Devil
Lessons in Truth by H. Emilie Cady
God is the name we give to that unchangeable, inexorable principle at the source of all existence. … There is no limit to the Source of our being, nor to Her willingness to manifest more of Herself through us. The only limit is in our knowledge of how to draw from the fountain.
The four classic denials.
There is no evil.
There is no absence of life, substance, or intelligence anywhere.
Pain, sickness, poverty, old age, and death cannot master me, for they are not real.
There is nothing in all the universe for me to fear, for greater is She that is within me than she that is in the world.
A Course In Miracles
Lesson 193: All things are lessons God would have me learn.
These are the lessons God would have you learn. Her Will reflects them all, and they reflect Her loving kindness to the daughter she loves. Each lesson has a central thought, the same in all of them. The form alone is changed, with different circumstances and events; with different characters and different themes, apparent but not real. They are the same in fundamental content. It is this:
Forgive, and you will see this differently.
Certain it is that all distress does not appear to be but unforgiveness. Yet that is the content underneath the form. It is this sameness which makes learning sure, because the lesson is so simple that it cannot be rejected in the end. No one can hide forever from a truth so very obvious that it appears in countless forms, and yet is recognized as easily in all of them, if one but wants to see the simple lesson there.
Here are two links for the lesson on Boredom!
Remember to let the light into your life by NOT SCHEDULING EVERY MINUTE and Letting your mind wander. How will Spirit speak if you are constantly occupied?
Create your wings.
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