Mindfulness Practice – Listening to the Cries of the World
From Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander:
“…The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence.”
We are invited to rest when we are tired, respond to the suffering when we are able and discern what we are able to offer to the arising conditions. This is how we take care of ourselves and remain in connection with all beings. When we over-extend ourselves, we are creating suffering for ourselves and all beings.
In this taking care is spiritual stability and resilience. We are invited to hold both the suffering and joy with equanimity. We are invited to practice deeply listening and opening our eyes wide to ourselves and all of life arising in this moment.
In relationship to all beings with the arising conditions we respond with equanimity.
This is the embodiment of the bodhisattva vow.
Gassho, Gentle Dragon Laura Kennedy