- Hi Marissa!
Nice to hear from you! I've been missing your posts. I hope the
lovely Vancouver summer sun is shining for you these days. It's the
rainy season here.
--- In Buddhaviharas@yahoogroups.com, marissa weiler
> THANK YOU, DEAR SHARON!______________________________________________________________________
> Hi to everyone! I hope everyone is well, peaceful and
> happy! Much metta and peace, Marissa. --- Sharon
> <sharonwerner@c...> wrote:
> "In some ways our greatest ally in this practice of
> love is our wish
> to be happy. This wish functions as a homing instinct
> for freedom
> when we can unite it with understanding what actually
> brings us
> happiness. But sometimes we may feel that we do not
> really deserve
> happiness; we may feel almost ashamed of wanting it.
> Yet this wish
> is one of the finest things about us, opening the door
> transcending our limited lives.
> "In certain philosophical systems in India during the
> Buddha's time,
> it was believed that if the body was tortured enough,
> abused enough,
> the spirit would soar free and be liberated. Nowadays
> most of us are
> not inclined to torture our bodies to free our
> spirits. However, we
> do seem to have our own variation of that theme by
> believing that if
> we abuse our minds enough with self-hatred and
> somehow that abuse will be a path that liberates us.
> "For a true spiritual transformation to flourish, we
> must see beyond
> this tendency to mental self-flagellation.
> Spirituality based on
> self-hatred can never sustain itself. Generosity
> coming from self-
> hatred becomes martyrdom. Morality born of
> self-hatred becomes rigid
> repression. Love for others without the foundation of
> love for
> ourselves becomes a loss of boundaries, codependency,
> and a painful
> and fruitless search for intimacy. But when we
> contact, through
> meditation, our true nature, we can allow others to
> also find theirs."
> ~ Sharon Salzberg, "Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary
> Art of
> Happiness", Shambhala Publications, 1995.
> May this be of benefit.
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- "If perceptions lead to behaviors, can our thoughts bring love into our lives? Absolutely. I know for a fact that we can make the choice to love, that we can make that choice come alive, and that it's sustainable, renewable, and ever-deepening."
~ Barry Neil Kaufman, excerpted from Handbook for the Heart (Ed. John Gray), Back Bay Publishers, 1998.
May this be of benefit.