Love isn’t the work of the tender and the gentle;
Love is the work of wrestlers.
The one who becomes a servant of lovers
is really a fortunate sovereign.
Don’t ask anyone about Love; ask Love about Love....
Love is a cloud that scatters pearls. - Rumi
It Felt Love - Hafiz
Did the rose
Ever open its heart
And give to this world
It felt the encouragement of light
We all remain
I ran across an interesting bit of writing this morning, from an article in Tricycle, entitled: No Excuses, by Lucy Powell. It's an excerpt from an interview with Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo (Diane Perry), a woman who spent 12 years on retreat in a cave, high up in the Himalayas.
Whatever your path is, may this bit of insight be helpful!
"There are no obstacles, just opportunities. Take them now."...
Interviewer: Did you experience periods of doubt or fear?
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo (Diane Perry): I find talking about my time in the cave extremely boring; it was a lifetime ago. But, no, nothing made me worried or afraid. Hundreds of thousands of hermits through the ages have done exactly the same thing, and ninety-nine percent of them were fine. You're very busy doing your practices - you're not twiddling your thumbs all day - and you get into a state of mind where you accept that whatever is happening is happening. Even the most awful things that happen, if you're centered, you'll be okay. If not, the most trivial thing will send you off. It has nothing to do with the experience or the circumstance: it is the attitude that's important. We have to stop clinging to the conditioned path and learn to be open to the unconditioned path.
Interviewer: How do we develop that attitude of openness?
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo (Diane Perry): This is the question. Our fundamental problems are our ignorance and ego-grasping. We grasp at our identity as being our personality, memories, opinions, judgments, hopes, fears, chattering away - all revolving around this me me me me. And we believe that that self is actually a solid, unchanging entity that sets us apart from all the other entities out there. This creates the idea of an unchanging permanent self at the center of our being, which we have to satisfy and protect. This is an illusion. "Who am I?" is thus the central question of Buddhism. Do you see?
Most of the time, what we do is work to try to protect this false me, mine, I. We think the ego is our best friend. It isn't. It doesn't care if we are happy or unhappy. In fact, ego is very happy to be unhappy. And we must be conscious of not using the spiritual path as another conduit for the ego - a bigger, better, more spiritual me.
LOVE IS A PLACE
E. E. Cummings
love is a place
& through this place of...
(with brightness of peace)
yes is a world
& in this world of