Dear Sangha Community,
Spring is a time of renewal and a fresh look at life. Poems, words and quotes can do that for us. I have been feeling the simple words of a Haiku, a quote or lyric or even a single word as a direct message to my heart and mind.
I was chatting with our grandson, Sid, this week and we got talking about how much we love words. For example, we love how words that read the same can have different sounds and meanings. (Example: “I need to read what I read again.)
That lead us to talking about quotes and sayings that make us smile . . . and get stuck in our heads. Sid’s current one (thanks to Tower of Power) is “Don’t change horses in the middle of the stream.” Ha-ha!
As you know, I LOVE QUOTES! For me the process of finding the right quotes that fit the topic of our classes is essential to bringing meaning and diversity to our times together. Over the years I have shared everything from Winnie the Pooh and Frog and Toad to Lama Tsultrim, Pema Chodron and Thich Nhat Hahn. Their words speak to us in different ways and can spark a fresh feeling, an image, a remembrance or an understanding. At the same time they provide a sense of the sacred in the world.
Do any of you remember “Angel Cards?”
They were tiny rectangular cards with an image of an angel and one word. This week I was organizing my altar cabinet and I found a little embroidered box that belonged to my mother. She kept her well-loved Angel Cards in the box and so I have decided to draw one everyday as a message from her. Mine today was “Openness.” It was perfect because I was feeling a bit closed in with all that I had to do this week. The word gave me a fresh perspective and a breath of spring air. Pause, breath, open.
We can do this with the Lojong Slogans. These simple phrases such as “Be grateful to everyone,” “Don’t ponder others,” “Always maintain a joyful mind,” can be a gift to our heart-mind that awakens a fresh new perspective.
Do you have favorite quotes or words?
Do you have them memorized or posted in your home? I would love to know YOURS!
Please add your favorites in the comments section below!
Let’s see how many we can collect as a sangha community.
And one of my favorites . . . . MAY ALL BEINGS BENEFIT!
Heartstreams, Ellen Yeshe Choepel