Lessons Along the Path

“The path is like a busy, broad highway, complete with roadblocks, accidents, construction work, and police. It is quite terrifying. Nevertheless it is majestic, it is the great path. ‘From today onward until the attainment of enlightenment I am willing to live with my chaos and confusion as well as with that of all other sentient beings. I am willing to share our mutual confusion.’ So no one is playing a one-upmanship game. The bodhisattva is a very humble pilgrim who works in the soil of samsara to dig out the jewel embedded in it.” ~ Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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Everything changes

be kind and grateful as much as possible

eat local, wholesome foods, mindfully

consume ideas that are wholesome, nourishing, and in alignment with nature.

be in touch with your precious breath

take time each day for a yoga and meditation practice

cultivate loving relationships with all beings including yourself

choose to slow down

choose to let your emotions arise and pass away, even the difficult ones, even the excruciating ones, even the ecstatic bliss

release the delusion of “I, me, mine”

(Buddhist teacher Joseph Goldstein says, “Nothing whatsoever is to be clung to as me or mine.” This isn’t easy, since it happens multiple times per minute. My bed. My house. My body. My child. My pet. My happiness.)

watch life as it unfolds and remember that “I” am nothing but a collection of ever-changing molecules in human form who has been given this day to live, breathe, love, and make mistakes

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