Monthly Archives: November 2011

Wishcasting Wednesday

Picture from Jamie's Post

What treasures do you wish for?

Treasure: wealth, riches, something greatly valued or highly prized or precious.

Practice: My practices are yoga, meditation, reading, writing, and walking with my dogs. These things sustain me, support me on my path, help me to see, teach me lessons, and allow me to live more deeply, to understand more completely, and to let go. I wish for these things to continue to do so, as I continue to do so.

Friendship: This begins with me. I don’t typically make New Year’s Resolutions, but this year I made a vow: to be a better friend to myself. I am still working on it, and as I do, I have such love and support from others who are already good friends.

Wisdom and Kindness: I know that we are born with these innate qualities, (as opposed to the idea that we are born basically bad, imperfect, and broken). Our basic goodness, our fundamental capacity for wisdom and compassion, is a precious gift, and I place my faith in it.

Self-Acceptance, Self-Care, and Self-Love: Having been in a long term abusive relationship with myself, I am working to let go of self-hate, the patterns of negative self-talk and abuse, and working to see myself as a deeply loved and valuable treasure.

Body Mindfulness: I wish to see my body as the gift that it is, to treat it as such, to feed it appropriately. It serves as a map of all my struggle, suffering, and joy, and I wish to love it. I wish to honor this vehicle, this oracle, this temple.

Time: Time to work at what I love and time to rest. Time to live, and to be aware that I am living, and to live mindfully.

Simplicity: Do less and be more, have less and share more, suffer less and love more. Simplify my schedule, quiet my mind, relax my grip, let go of my suffering, don’t bite the hook of strong emotions or thoughts, drop the story, be here now, and just breathe, just be. Trust that things are exactly as they are, and that all of it is workable.

All that I wish for myself, I also wish for you.

  • What treasures do you wish for? Go ahead, make your wish.

Three Truths and One Wish

1. Truth: Some issues cannot be solved through abstinence. I offer up myself and my “life-rehab” as a specific example of this.  The difficulties I am currently working with are that I have been in a long term abusive relationship, with myself, and need to learn how to relate to myself differently, to heal that relationship.  Also, as I mentioned just the other day, I have a damaged and distorted relationship with food.  In both cases, I cannot simply abstain.  I can’t abstain from eating or relating to myself. I would die.

by Hugh MacLeod

2. Truth: Difficulties such as these require continued effort and sustained practice. You have to keep trying, keep showing up and doing the work, practice, and even start over when necessary, stay with it, and ask for help. “To stay, you have to believe there is something worth staying for…and then you have to bring yourself back, again and again,” Geneen Roth.

by Hugh MacLeod

3. Truth: Things are workable, and you already have what it will take to succeed. You have basic, innate kindness and wisdom.  You know who you are.

“In Buddhist teachings, as well as in the teachings of many other contemplative or mystical traditions, the basic view is that people are fundamentally good and healthy. It’s as if everyone who has ever been born has the same birthright, which is enormous potential of warm heart and clear mind. The ground of renunciation is realizing that we already have exactly what we need, that what we have already is good. Every moment of time has enormous energy in it, and we could connect with that.” ~Pema Chödrön

by Hugh MacLeod

One wish: I wish you, all of us, the joy that comes with this hard work, of being who we are, of loving who we are, all the messy and stinky and beautiful bits. Our difficulties aren’t something to rush through or get over or past, but rather they are our life, they are living. Despair and even happiness are simply the weather and our basic goodness the sun, always there even when we can’t see it.

“It doesn’t matter how long we may have been stuck in a sense of our limitations. If we go into a darkened room and turn on the light, it doesn’t matter if the room has been dark for a day, a week, or ten thousand years — we turn on the light and it is illuminated. Once we control our capacity for love and happiness, the light has been turned on.” ~Sharon Salzberg

by Hugh MacLeod

  • Okay, it’s your turn. Speak your truths and make a wish.