November Peace Challenge: Love Thy Enemy

 Meredith

* Tears flow from hateful eyes too.

But I suspect our hearts, like flowers,

grow big and strong with the waters of loving-kindness.

Chill our words not our voice

It is rain that grows flowers, not ice

flowers in rain

“How cold is a heart
When it’s warmth that it seeks?”
Sting, Sister Moon

Related Posts:

❀ everyday gurus:
Monthly Peace Challenge: Love Thy Enemy

 ❀ Electronic Bag Lady:
B4peace: The Enemy Within

 ❀ Poem from Laurie’s Notes:
a quiet prayer of thanks

 ❀ Welcome to a New World: Who is the enemy?

THE ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE (Guest Post by Kat Day)

Gratitude. Almost guaranteed to raise our vibration.

“Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.”
Anon

heart-of-gratitude

Gratitude is absolutely the way to bring more into your life.

Guest post by Kat Day, intuitive, life coach and beautiful person 🙂

Gratitude attracts what we want

law-of-attraction

The universal law of attraction says that we will attract into our life the things we think about and focus on. When you are consciously aware of your blessings, and are grateful for them, you are focusing more clearly on what you do want in your life and attracting it to you.

Gratitude improves relationships

We learn the importance of saying “thank you” as little children. We are taught that habit because it is “good manners.” This childhood lesson is extremely powerful.

Think about those people that you know who are most appreciative of you – and let you know it. How do you feel about them? Be grateful for people, their contributions, their talents and their actions – and make sure you let them know how you feel.

piglet, pooh, gratitude

Gratitude helps us learn

Behind every problem lies an opportunity. Being grateful for our situation – even if we don’t like everything about it – allows us to be thankful for the opportunity to learn something new.

Learn Gratitude!

Gratitude improves
problem solving skills

Too often we look at problem solving with a very jaded view. “Something is wrong. We have barriers in our way. Then, we have to put in effort to fix it.”

Conversely, when we think about what we are grateful for we open our minds up to new possibilities and connections. We also enter a problem solving situation with a perspective of improvement and opportunity rather than challenge or issue.

how kittens problem solve

Gratitude reduces negativity

It is hard to be negative about your situation when you are thinking about things for which you are grateful. One of the fastest ways to improve your mood or outlook is to count your blessings.

Count blessings not Sheep

Lovely examples of this:

Awakened Lives Life Coaching: Gratitude for Memorial Day
everyday gurus:  gratitude
A CUP OF YOGA: A Never-ending Post

Kat’s Links: 

Bradley Stoke, Bristol –
ASPECTS OF LOVE: 4 Week Guided Meditation Course with Kat Daywww.starlightsoul.co.uk

www.meetup.com/bristol-intuitives
www.ourpsychicart.com/katday.htm
www.facebook.com/Kat Day (Starlight Soul)

Image Credits:

Hands – Shift of the Ages blog:
The Transformative Power – Gratitude
Magnet – Miss Fit blog:
Thoughts Become Things >> The Power of Positive Thinking

Learn Gratitude! greatergood.berkeley.edu
How kittens problem solve –  Web MD
Sheep – www.monitoringsoftwareblog.com

DreamBoard Genesis Affirmation©
Through Grace, inspired and influential people are coming into my life. New doors are opening daily, providing me with opportunities to achieve my true potential. I am grateful for the abundance which flows constantly to me now.

“Lightness is Healthiness” Transforming ‘Reality’ with Duldzin’s Help

new shrine for the Dorje Shugden
5 Lineages

 now in situ and lookin’ good!

“Lightness is Healthiness” Max by Duldzin’s new shrine

Is it really possible to be happy?

“It is my deep conviction, personal knowledge and experience that real happiness is possible; it is born out of a deep and continuous commitment to one’s own personal growth and spiritual path.
Find your path of healing and transformation and create the life of your dreams. You can do it. “
Weinberg, A Lightness of Being

Dorje Shugden is our Dharma Protector

Duldzin’s an emanation of the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri.
He protects our spiritual path by averting outer and inner obstacles to our practice, and  promoting necessary conditions for our spiritual development.

“Although physically they may find themselves alone, inwardly those who put their trust in him will never be apart from a powerful ally and a wise and compassionate guide.”
Heart Jewel, Geshe Kelsang

Dorje’s sat on his Snow Lion, who symbolises fearlessness. For me that means the strength and determination necessary for really engaging in the spiritual path, which is protection in itself. Relying on Dorje Shugdän helps us develop that fearlessness.

Being a Buddha, Dorje manifests people and situations according to our needs and wishes. He can do this, because his spiritual power arises from compassion, which is supremely powerful.

Also, our ‘reality’ is “merely a dance of fleeting appearances projected by our minds” Luna Kadampa Reality is no more real or substantial than last night’s dream. Of course it appears to be real ~ but then while you’re in them, so do dreams.

This makes transformation, co-creation and generally improving our lives very do-able. The only thing that’s really weighing us down are our self imposed obstacles and limiting beliefs. And their nature is illusory, making them as easy to overcome as waking up from a nightmare.
Especially with Duldzin’s help 🙂

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Photo by Jas, at Amitabha Buddhist Centre

Einstein via Genius in the Making

 

Cosmic Loti ~ Buddha’s Scientific Solutions for Solving our Problems

OK yea, this is another name change. But I promise that once I find a name that suits then that’s it. Job done.

It’s like that girly thing of trying on all the clothes in your wardrobe before you find the right outfit to wear.

Or like Gen Dekyong said,

Focussing on Dharma is focussing on the solutions to our problems.”

Gen Dekyong

Not immediately obvious, even if you’re Buddhist.  We tend automatically to turn to worldly solutions first. Then when they don’t work, start applying some of Buddha’s advice.

What Buddha taught was practical advice on solving our problems. As Dekyong likes saying – scientific solutions for solving our problems.
The thing about science seems to be that you test different hypotheses for what works best in any given situation, and try them out as you go along.
It’s empirical hypothesis testing. Or trial and error.

Buddha did say for us to check his advice out. See if it works for us or not.
(Kinda’ like I’m doing with the site name? Find out what feels good, then use it…)
So we check out Buddha’s advice,  and as our experience of applying Dharma  increases, we realise how incredibly successful if can be.

Sooner or later, we realize that it could well be true. Focussing on Dharma really is focussing on the solutions to our problems. We might even start to apply those solutions on a regular basis. That’s when the the auto-pilot becomes a Buddhist. And that is when life really starts to get fun 🙂

nb.
Dharma
 – is Buddha’s teachings, and their subsequent inner realizations.
Dharma means ‘protection’. By practising Buddha’s teachings, we protect ourself from suffering and problems.
Dharma is Buddha’s personal advice to us all.

 

Everything’s Amazing and Nobody’s Happy (re-mastered as we speak…)

Technology’s ace when it works.

I lost my mobile phone and broadband over Christmas. Most of my friends were away on holiday, and it was surprising how cut off I felt. Julie next door empathised. Thing is, I’m so used to diving into cyberspace to see what’s going on in the world, that it suddenly felt like my little satellite was adrift in vast empty space.
I’ve not spent 40 years on this planet yet, but things have changed so much in my life. Mobile phones, CDs, DVDs, MP3s and the internet have all exploded into life.
Not that the old days were particularly good – Google would’ve been brilliant then – just that I’m not sure that the quality of life has improved.

As Geshe Kelsang says, “In recent years our knowledge of modern technology has increased considerably, and as a result we have witnessed remarkable material progress; but there has not been a corresponding increase in human happiness.”

Check out Louis CK’s comedic rant Everything’s Amazing & Nobody’s Happy for some good examples.

So would “walking around with a
donkey with pots clanging on the sides
like Louis says make you happy? Probably not. I’d definitely be like our Indian friend here, and want my mobile close by.

I was relieved when technical support were back after Christmas so I could call them from my newly fixed phone and get back on-line.

the Attraction of a Distracted Mind

Does top level communication really make people happier? Or is it just that we’re used to it now. I didn’t really suffer that much without my gadgets for awhile. Though I was relieved to get them working again, and soon let myself get sucked back in.

What they’re offering is most attractive  – distraction from an uncomfortable mind. But it’s not a lasting , nor reliable solution to our discomfort. Basically, we can only really be happy if we’ve got a peaceful mind. A disturbed, or agitated mental state is not a happy one.

We do tend to waste our time looking for happiness in all the wrong places; when all we really need to do is stop where we are. In fact, “happiness and suffering are states of mind, and so their main causes are not to be found outside the mind. If we want to be truly happy and free from suffering, we must transform our mind” Geshe Kelsang.

Ref:
How To Solve our Human Problems, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
(thanks to Kelsang Oden and Losang Tenpa for remote help with images, and to that mime artist in York.
Photo credit: Jas)

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