Sunday, November 11, 2012

Stumbling Toward Enlightenment

Stumbling Toward Enlightenment
by Geri Larkin


Meditation is our shovel, our walking stick, our mother.

Faith breeds wisdom. But faith alone does not make us wise. We need prayer. We need meditation.

“Truth, salvation, and enlightenment are not separate from oneself. You are the very source of what is true and wise. Buddhists say that all beings are Buddhas. That means that nothing originally is wrong with any of us. You have to trust yourself. You have to believe in yourself as a living embodiment of love and wisdom.”
Sami Sumim

Please learn to lose.

Four attitudes and actions foster an ability to relay into our spiritual work – Delighting in meditation, delighting in solitude, holding our tongues, and embracing whatever happens to us.

Wealth is not about money, it's about understanding the journey, the lessons we've been given to learn.

Our love should bring peace and happiness to ones we love. If it does not, it is not love.

You can forgive anything. And you need to. Not forget – forgive! Forgiveness creates the space in your heart that can then be filled with the divine.

No negative emotion can overwhelm the power of a sincere heart and an honest faith in your own possibilities. It never has, it never will.

Seen it all, done it all. Can't remember most of it.

The wise man tells you where you have fallen – and where you yet may fall – let him chasten and teach you and keep you from mischief.

...act as though we aren't driven by our egos, until they downsize themselves right out of our lives. It's a good idea to take time to watch tiny children in action – how they play, how they learn to walk, wobbling around like drunks. How their stumbling is just part of the wild and wondrous game of life. How they instantly react to a situation with not a thought of how stupid or unskilled they might look. That's what living without ego is like.

We'll never fully understand each other. At best we can only accept and appreciate. As we do, our love will grow, our appreciation will deepen, and we will become better listeners. As our appreciation grows, and our obsession fades, we are thrilled at the best friend that has emerged. Conditions fall away, a community of two forms, and through our love for each other we learn to express our love of all that is around us. In our loving, all the world's seeds get watered.

...our life's work. To grow ourselves spiritually until we know, in our bones, that the whole world really is our home. It's time to take care of it, time to make it safe, time to make it whole, time to sing in perfect harmony.

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