"Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth… This is the real message of love."
Some cool stuff recently :)
New edition to the family !
One of my chilli plants is more beautiful than I could have imagined !!
And some photos of the build me and mike did at shambala
The path of Spirit is not about becoming something that we aren’t already.
It is the natural response when we realize that we live in ignorance of what we really are.
Tonglen: Activating Compassion
To be in touch with one’s self and therefore the universe is the work of the beginning meditator. It demands a person to overcome restlessness, attraction, and repulsion by sitting with whatever thoughts and feelings that arise. Practice and earnestness make this possible. But after one discovers a certain amount of peace in sitting meditation, the next question is now what? How can we bring this peace into our world and not only feel it but deepen it as well?
This takes us to a very special practice that comes from Atisha, an Indian Buddhist teacher who was part of a movement to repopularize Buddhism in Tibet over a thousand years ago. Atisha developed a practical and beautiful technique called tonglen, which is Tibetan for giving and taking. More specifically, tonglen is a way for a meditator to give out compassion and take in suffering.
It is understandable if this seems counterintuitive to you. However, the Tibetan Buddhists saw this as a way to generate fearlessness in the face of the things that scare us. That can be something as mundane as public speaking or as life-changing as childbirth.
For those familiar with meditation, the first form of tonglen is the formalized sitting. Find yourself a comfortable seated position and sit for a short period of meditation. When you are ready to practice the technique, you may open your eyes or leave them closed.
Step One: Openness
Connecting with openness allows us to feel a certain confidence when confronting difficult things. Therefore before we work with the suffering in our lives, it helps to first touch base with our vast Nature. It is a reminder that you can always come back to the peaceful abiding.
To get the feeling of this openness, some people like to apply visualization. They see themselves standing before an endless white fog, at the ocean, or the wide open sky. Whatever gives you a feeling of expansive freedom. When that feeling arises, focus your attention on the feeling and forget the visual. Abide with the feeling for a few minutes.
Step Two: Breathing
"Protect your peace. Get rid of toxicity. Cleanse your space. Cultivate love."
"I love old things. Modern things are so cold. I need things that have lived."
"Trust the miracle of your own being. Make no divisions between the physical and the spiritual in your lifetimes, for the spiritual speaks with a physical voice and the corporeal body is the creation of the spirit."
It’s my best friends birthday :D happy birthday best friend
“We met at the wrong time. That’s what I keep telling myself anyway. Maybe one day years from now, we’ll meet in a coffee shop in a far away city somewhere and we could give it another shot. - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
(Source: posporia, via vegloz)
"Falling back to a level of consciousness below mind, which is the pre-thinking level of our distant ancestors and of animals and plants, is not an option for us. There is no way back. If the human race is to survive, it will have to go on to the next stage."
"Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside."
Little Swastika and his new matching eye tattoos done by Howie at Lunacobra http://www.lunacobra.net/
Info and full story here- http://news.bme.com/2012/10/10/the-black-eyeball-club/