Meditation is the natural process of becoming familiar with an object by repeatedly placing our minds upon it. Whatever we’re doing, we always have a view; we’re always placing our mind on one object or another. For example, when we get up in the morning and we’re anxious about something, anxiety becomes our view for the day: “What about me? When will I get what I want?” The object of our meditation is “me.”
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Today is the Spring Equinox – from the Latin “equal night”, when there is equal light and dark in our day – marking the beginning of Spring for countries in the Northern Hemisphere.
We, the older ones,
Call it Spring,
And we have been through it
But there is still nothing
Like the children bringing home
In their small hands.
Mary Oliver, Children, It’s Spring
We learn, grow and become compassionate and generous
as much through exile as homecoming,
as much through loss as gain,
as much through giving things away as in receiving what we believe to be our due.
To listen to the soul is to stop fighting with life – to stop fighting when things fall apart, when they don’t go our way, when we get sick, when we are betrayed or mistreated or misunderstood. To listen to the soul is to slow down, to feel deeply, to see ourselves clearly, to surrender to discomfort and uncertainty, and to wait.
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open
It is heaven itself to take what is given,
to see what is plain
Mary Oliver, Daisies
The Joy that isn’t shared,
Anne Sexton, from Welcome Morning