Archives for category: Right Intention

November 22, 2014 frost 053

Lord, thou knowest better than myself

that I am growing older and will soon be old.

Keep me from becoming too talkative,

and especially from the unfortunate habit

of thinking that I must say something

on every subject and at every opportunity.

Release me from the idea

that I must straighten out other peoples’ affairs.

With my immense treasure of experience and wisdom,

it seems a pity not to let everybody partake of it.

But thou knowest, Lord,

that in the end I will need a few friends.

Keep me from the recital of endless details;

give me wings to get to the point.

Grant me the patience

to listen to the complaints of others;

help me to endure them with charity.

But seal my lips on my own aches and pains —

they increase with the increasing years

and my inclination to recount them is also increasing.

I will not ask thee for improved memory,

only for a little more humility

and less self-assurance

when my own memory doesn’t agree with that of others.

Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be wrong.

Keep me reasonably gentle.

I do not have the ambition to become a saint –

– it is so hard to live with some of them –

– but a harsh old person is one of the devil’s masterpieces.

Make me sympathetic without being sentimental,

helpful but not bossy.

Let me discover merits where I had not expected them,

and talents in people whom I had not thought to possess any.

And, Lord, give me the grace to tell them so.

Amen
Margot Benary-Isbert

 

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October 11, 2014 family 009

 

If you wish to experience peace,

provide peace for another.

 

HH Tenzin Gyatso

 

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july 25, 2014 beach 009

 

The earth is trying to teach humans

that everything is spirit…

Being human is an opportunity

to bring spirit into all that is material…

The quality and intensity

of resonance

emanated from a given point

is thus attracted back.

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When one brings spirit

into the human realm,

it can spiritualize matter.

Matter can then become lighter,

(indeed liberated),

not as dense as before.

 

Kuan Yin

 

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July 20, 2014 butterflies 018

It is important to expect nothing,

to take every experience,

including the negative ones,

as merely steps on the path,

and to proceed.

 

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Ram Dass/ /Richard Alpert

 

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June 30, 2014 002

 

I am inviting you to go deeper,

to learn and to practice

so that you become someone

who has a great capacity

for being solid, calm, and without fear,

because our society needs people like you

who have these qualities,

and your children, our children,

need people like you,

in order to go on,

in order to become solid,

and calm, and without fear.

 
Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

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