Breathe in the Dark, Breathe out the Light
Most of us run from pain, do all kinds of things to avoid it and sometimes the cure for the pain is worse than pain itself in the end. How can we truly feel joy if we never experience pain? I am learning to breathe in those dark, emotional, and sometimes intense feelings and breathe out the release of joy. I do not stay in either place, I just breathe. Life must have contrast, it must have decision, but it is our choice how we will approach that contrast and make those decisions. With resistance, anger, resentment, we can power our way past the pain, or gently, lovingly, with grace, we feel the pain and release joy.
“Today I will breathe in the pain and breathe out the joy, taking in the pain for myself and others and releasing joy for myself and others. This is my gift to myself and the world.”
When we begin any new habit, skill, training, we understand that we are learning and not expected to have all the answers. For me, coming from a very strict and disciplined home, I tend to be very hard on myself and it has taken me years to soften my self-talk. In being hypercritical of myself, […]
I have found that when I get too tired I am less able to process my emotions, reacting rather than responding. After years of practice I have been able to stop myself from blurting out my thoughts, but they are still there needing me to quiet the wildness of my mind. When I was dealing […]
In my continuing studies of the Divine in all Beings, I am now learning what it means to becomes Bodhisattva, to develop an open and compassionate heart. In my book, “Love First, The Beginning”, I can see now that 32 years ago I was touching the edges of Bodhichitta, as one of the basic elements […]
As I prepare to move back to my home in Northern California I am letting go of many objects but also people and situations that no longe serve my highest good. I can see my patterns of how I managed my emotions before, during, and after my treatment for the brain injury and it is […]