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“We always have choice.”
This is one of the best things I’ve heard Geshe Kelsang say.
For me, it rates up there with “The things we normally see don’t exist“, and “Our mind appears objects.”
I love this because it frees us from the normal discomfort of life. It gives us the power to chose what happens in our life.
And how good is that?
Some of the best advice I’ve ever been given.
And it was personal advice given to thousands of people by my Spiritual Guide. *
Modern Buddhism: the flu
I can totally embrace this because it’s 8.30am, and I’ve been up 5 hours already. With M.S. spasticity and early morning wakening there’s no chance of staying in bed, it just hurts too much!
But today there’s also this sore throat, aching neck and a massive headache. Yup! After being run down for days the flu finally hit home on the first day of an unusually busy week.
Didn’t choose any of that.
But what I can choose – and this is the thing – is how I perceive and react to this big dollop of cosmic poo that’s landed on me.
The aspect of this I give my attention to, is what will become my reality. It’s how my day will unfold, what i’ll be able to do, and how I’ll be when I’m with others. It’s wether I collapse in bed when the day’s over in a tangle of raw nerves, alcohol and pain-killers; or in a snuggle of lovely warm furry babies, duvet and prayers.
That’s blissful for me – but everybody’s different – what magic will you choose to make?
* nb ‘Personal Advice’
Another Buddhist mind-bender? Just how can advice given to a temple full of Buddhists be ‘personal‘?!
My understanding is that Buddha’s advice to his countless followers over thousands of years, is personal to each n’everyone of us – including the casual observer who sees a snippet on a greetings card – because it’s pertinent to our life right now. Try it out ~ see if it fits with where you are :~)
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*Sorry, this works best on a bigger screen again.
(Promise the next one will be gadget friendly.
Honestly, next time….)