If we can transform an enemy into someone toward whom we feel respect and gratitude, then our practice will naturally progress, like water following a downhill course. —H.H. the Dalai Lama What do you notice about the notion of respecting and feeling gratitude toward an enemy? ... for Mindful Monday ... Photo credit: "Camping Easter Weekend," the tullster2005, 2014.
"In the midway of this our mortal life, I found me in a gloomy wood, astray..." Inferno Canto 1, Durante (Dante) degli Alighieri in a mood he stood at the wood's edge and thought ..........why? lost this pained walk under dark skies living on the verge wondering if he was the plaything of his Lord, if so a cruel game from somewhere brightness beckoned on the wing beat of sudden insight ~ it's not your memory melting in the heat of time or your true music dissolving unsung nor the whimsy of some capricious god it is, perhaps, Dante's transformative hell no love without yearning no compassion without pain no charity without failure a Moses, he fell before the flaming bush a Phoenix, he rose from the ashes in his found humanity, he embraced life
"It's not so bad to find yourself free of the effort to overcome your life. It's not so bad. I came to the garden just in time to enter the age of undoing. Surprisingly, it's the age where the most amazing transformations take place. Every single leaf drops every single year from a sycamore, and it is the end of nothing... I learned that all my faith lies in the path of least resistance -- in the humble power and aching grace of letting go." -- Karen Maezen Miller What are you noticing about taking the path of least resistance? ... for Mindful Monday Source: Miller, Karen Maezen. Paradise in Plain Sight: Lessons from a Zen Garden. Novato, CA: New World Library, 2014, pp. 131-32. Photo credit: "Redhill Wildlife Centre - Jan 2008 - Sycamore at Sunset," Gareth Williams, 2008.