Daily Archives: February 22, 2012

Happy Tibetan New Year!

image from Shambhala Publications

Today is Tibetan New Year, Year of the Water Dragon. In a talk on Maitri, Pema Chödrön shared the following, “The Four Limitless Ones”:

May all beings enjoy happiness and the root of happiness.
This first line refers to maitri.

May we be free from suffering and the root of suffering.
And this second line refers to compassion.

May we never be separated from the great happiness devoid of suffering.
This refers to joy.

May we dwell in the great equanimity, free from passion, aggression and prejudice.
This refers to equanimity.

I think that these are good things to contemplate today, this opportunity to begin again, and may each of the four be limitless in your life, and may you know that. Happy New Year / Losar Tashi Delek!

image from Shambhala Publications

Wishcasting Wednesday

image from Jamie's post

How do you wish to spend your time?

Practice: Yoga, meditation, writing, and dog. I read a really great quote in Women Food and God by Geneen Roth about practice:

Spiritual teachers from every tradition describe a profound stillness that is the unvarnished truth of one’s–everyone’s–true nature. But it needs to be broken down in bits by using words and practices because it’s too big to assimilate, especially when people are totally convinced of the damage at their core. The purpose of a spiritual path or religion [and practice] is to provide a precise and believable way into what seems unbelievable.

Self-Care: Doing what it takes to BE healthy and content and well. Some of this is through my practices. It’s also rest, healthy eating, exercise, connection. Understanding my hungers, feeding and connecting with them.

Good (sometimes great) work: Doing work that is satisfying, gives me joy and energy, is creative, but that also serves others, helps them and is of benefit, eases suffering, is wise and kind.

Love: This is a practice and a profession–it’s everything. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength. Loving someone deeply gives you courage,” (Lao Tzu).

Connection: Being mindful and present, brave and open-hearted, awake and alive.

Relaxed: Peaceful, workable, at ease, free, joyful, happy, a sense of well-being and balance, healthy.

Fit and strong body: Healthy food, enough rest, yoga, meditation, training with Johnny, running with the dogs, hiking.

Deep connection with Eric.

Creative: Making art–quilting, drawing, painting, photography, web design, writing. Being “in the flow,” connected to my basic goodness, content.

Learning: Satisfying my curiosity, following my longing, studying and embodying wisdom and kindness. Teaching, mentoring, and healing. Manifesting knowledge and compassion.