Blessing must arise from within your own mind. It is not something that comes from outside. When the positive qualities of your mind increase and the negativities decrease, that is what blessing means. The Tibetan word for blessing … means transforming into magnificent potential. Therefore, blessing refers to the development of virtuous qualities you did not previously have and the improvement of those good qualities you have already developed.
― Dalai Lama XIV
Monday, February 10, 2020
With awareness, I create healthy habits.
Today’s meditation focuses on restoring balance and how we can become more self-aware. Throughout our days, we tend to repeat the same activities without thinking much about them. At some point, though, we become aware of these habits and later, we may even become self-aware, wondering why these habits are part of our lives and deciding whether they benefit us.
Our entire journey together over these three weeks is one that will lead us to greater self-understanding.
Our centering thought for today is: With awareness, I create healthy habits.
“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” — C.G.
Hello, Sangha friends. I know you are there and I am happy. :-)
Tonight at our sangha gathering we'll explore some of the most miserable creatures--
"hungry ghosts"--who emerge from the depths of our craving. We'll consider how
the oh-so-human habits of craving and attachment feed our suffering and we'll
discuss ways to break the cycle to help our hungry ghosts rest in peace.
In closing tonight, Jackie will share a beautiful offering by Alan Seale.
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
Breathing in that Ocean air at Folly Beach is revitalizing. The air off that beach is some of the purest air in the world, as it comes off the sea, there is no island between there and Gibralter, as the Bahamas are due South and Bermuda is due North. The ocean itself, the Gulf Stream and the Sargasso Sea are air purifiers.