Monday, August 2

Mindful Monday: Accepting every affliction

The final question— "are you a Buddhist, and do you practice meditation?"—is perhaps best answered by silence. Things change, thoughts and appearances incessantly arise and fade, sometimes one is wise, sometimes one is foolish. Essentially one is a human being and aspires to open the human heart to its own infinity, and to accept every affliction as a wound rather than an insult.

—Robert Beer

What are you noticing about how things change? What are you noticing about wounds vs. insults?


for Mindful Monday

Source: from the introduction to "The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs," (Shambhala, Boston, 1999)
Photo credit: "Wapato at Summer's End," born1945, 2012.

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