Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Gratitude January 14, 2009
I am grateful to the greens that grow in my garden. Most mornings before the sun comes up, I wander up into my garden and pick by flashlight a few leaves of kale or chard or collards to add to the blender chai I have for breakfast.
I am grateful for my friend Roger who works at the STW-II dhamma center in Graton. Roger's a wonderful person.
And to Delwyn, an Australian blog reader who chimed in with these words of wisdom:
Give birth to love for the one next door
as you do for your own soul's self
and the part of it that feels like a neighbour
Give birth to compassion for the nearest,
yet unfamiliar, aspect of yourself,
as you do for the one outside
who feels like a stranger
Give birth to the deepest warmth for
the neighbour, inside and out,
as you do for your own
inside and out
Makes a difference doesn't it. In Aramaic there are not clear distinctions between inside and outside so that the neighbor can refer to a member of your inner community!
So it's about honoring, respecting, expressing and opening up to all of our parts....and our neighbor, food for thought...
I agree. This boundaries between self and other get blurrier and blurrier as heart vision comes into better focus.