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Influence

 

I have found that surrounding myself by supportive people can give me much strength when I am feeling weak. The collective group energy can be very palpable. When I don’t have enough concentration, sitting with a community can be very beneficial. When I don’t have any devotion, attending a devotional gathering can open my heart. There is a catching influence.

 

“Who shall set a limit to the influence of a human being? ”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson




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Light of Mindfulness

I had been walking up this mountain for two consecutive days seeing a collection of white pieces of cement or stone on the path. It looked as if the pieces belonged to each other, but they were all broken apart. On the third day, I saw that some unknown person had re-arranged the stones into a shrine of a sort. It reminds me of what Thich Nhat Hanh says that we must be like organic gardeners, not throwing any of our unpleasant emotions or thoughts away, but work on transforming them. I put a red stone in the middle of this shrine of wholeness. It was one that my LivingTreeHeart sangha held at our last gathering after our meditation. I wanted to leave something of our sangha at Deer Park Monastery. I placed the red stone in the middle here for a moment.

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Enjoying the Air

‘Tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes!”

-William Wordsworth

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