“The term upekkha [usually translated as equanimity] literally means ‘balance.’ Equanimity can be understood as evenmindedness, the ability to be present as fully as possible with all experiences – whether we are focused primarily on our internal world or on the external world – with an open heart and clear seeing, without reactivity.” ~ Donald Rothberg, The Engaged… Continue reading Quote For The Week
“Working with our suffering grants us three great gifts: The gift of compassion, the gift of understanding, and the gift of safety, of not passing on our pain to ourselves and to others. These gifts are central to our skillful action in the world.” – Donald Rothberg, The Engaged Spiritual Life
Feeling the pain of the world is not a weakness. This is God-given or, put another way, an aspect of our Buddha nature. This openness of heart that characterizes the caring individual is a function of maturity. Don’t ever apologize for the tears you shed on behalf of other beings. This is, in its essence,… Continue reading Quote for the week
“The heart of transformative work with anger is to separate out the intelligence and the energy of anger from its reactivity, permitting action based more in wisdom and compassion.” ~ Donald Rothberg
“We’re trying to be very inclusive – receptive and open. To allow for others to be different. To allow for racial differences, gender differences, differences in interest – allow people to be the way they are. That doesn’t mean that I have to be like them, but it does mean that there can be space… Continue reading Quote For The Week
“To perfect my equanimity, I need to accept every experience into my awareness. I cannot refuse to pay attention. Refusing itself, the mind tensing in withdrawal, is suffering. And turning the mind away, refusing to look, would preclude clear and complete seeing. When my mind greets all moments with equal respect, it maintains stature enough… Continue reading Quote for the week:
The bud stands for all things,even for those things that don’t flower, for everything flowers, from within, of self blessing;though sometimes it is necessary to reteach a thing its loveliness, to put a hand on the brow of the flower, and retell it in words and in touch,it is lovely until it flowers again from… Continue reading Quote for the week:
In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins–not through strength, but through perseverance. ~ H. Jackson Brown Jr.