Protect and care

The Shambhala teachings speak of  “placing our fearful mind in the cradle of loving-kindness.” Another image for maitri is that of a mother bird who protects and cares for her young until they are strong enough to fly away.  People sometimes ask, “Who am I in this image – the mother or the chick. The answer is both….Without loving kindness for ourselves it is difficult if not impossible to genuinely feel it for others.

Pema Chodron, Comfortable with Uncertainty

Autumn winds

We sometimes give a lot of importance to things which simply pass through the day. Might make life easier to observe our emotions and moods without holding onto them too firmly

The pure wind circles the earth and shakes it time after time,
But who can pluck it up and show it to you?

Keizan Jokin Zenji, (1300) Great Patriarch of Sōtō Zen Buddhism, Denkōroku, kōan collection w