Rejoicing Others’ Good Fortune
Rejoicing in the good fortune of others is a practice that can help us when we feel emotionally shut down and unable to connect with others.
Rejoicing generates good will. The next time you go out in the world, you might try this practice: directing your attention to people—in their cars, on the sidewalk, talking on their cell phones—just wish for them all to be happy and well. Without knowing anything about them, they can become very real, by regarding each of them personally and rejoicing in the comforts and pleasures that come their way. Each of us has this soft spot: a capacity for love and tenderness. But if we don’t encourage it, we can get pretty stubborn about remaining sour.
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”In meditation we discover our inherent restlessness. Sometimes we get up and leave. Sometimes we sit there but our bodies wiggle and squirm and our minds go far away. This can be so uncomfortable that we feel’s it’s impossible to stay. Yet this feeling can teach us not just about ourselves but what it is to be human…we really don’t want to stay with the nakedness of our present experience. It goes against the grain to stay present. These are the times when only gentleness and a sense of humor can give us the strength to settle down…so whenever we wander off, we gently encourage ourselves to “stay” and settle down. Are we experiencing restlessness? Stay! Are fear and loathing out of control? Stay! Aching knees and throbbing back? Stay! What’s for lunch? Stay! I can’t stand this another minute! Stay!”
Pema Chödrön, Buddhist nun
Once, a long time ago, there was a wise Zen master. People from far and near would seek his counsel and ask for his wisdom. Many would come and ask him to teach them, enlighten them in the way of Zen. He seldom turned any away.
One day an important man, a man used to command and obedience came to visit the master. “I have come today to ask you to teach me about Zen. Open my mind to enlightenment.” The tone of the important man’s voice was one used to getting his own way.
The Zen master smiled and said that they should discuss the matter over a cup of tea. When the tea was served the master poured his visitor a cup. He poured and he poured and the tea rose to the rim and began to spill over the table and finally onto the robes of the wealthy man. Finally the visitor shouted, “Enough. You are spilling the tea all over. Can’t you see the cup is full?”
The master stopped pouring and smiled at his guest. “You are like this tea cup, so full that nothing more can be added. Come back to me when the cup is empty. Come back to me with an empty mind.”
Se till den här dagen:
För den är livet, ja själva livet i livet,
Under dess korta tid finns alla existensens sanningar och verkligheter
Lyckan i att växa, Agerandets storslagenhet, Kraftens skönhet,
För igår är bara en dröm
Och i morgon bara en vision,
Men idag levd väl
Gör varje gårdag en dröm om lycka
Och varje morgondag till en hoppets vision.
Ta därför väl hand om denna dag.
Av Kãlidasã, Indisk poet och dramatiker
Ett kort men kraftfullt citat denna söndagsmorgon. Enormt tacksam för att jag gick vilse och vågar fortsätta att släppa kontrollen så jag går vilse då och då.
Det finns mitt i skogen en oväntad glänta som bara kan hittas av den som gått vilse.
~ Tomas Tranströmer
Pema Chödrön, buddistisk nunna, har ett fantastiskt sätt att dela om livet. I den här texten säger hon till mig att jag behöver lära mig att släppa taget om allt – everything has to go.