Sunday, March 5, 2017

Our Willingness ~

We have to watch what our mind is telling us, especially when old patterns of conditioning are at play. We cannot trust those thoughts that bring us down and/or hold us back. Blessedly, we can liberate ourselves along with everyone around us through our willingness to be in a space of love and forgiveness. in Joy ~ Cathy Ginter

Friday, February 17, 2017

Laughing Buddha

All perception is ultimately an illusion constructed out of our conditioning, a mere fragment of any given circumstance, and never the entire truth. As such, we begin to understand that no one has to be wrong and that nothing is personal. From this vantage point, there is nothing to be attached to, and the need for conflict instantly falls apart. Comically, we have no-thing to defend but yet another illusion. If we can see this clearly, we can laugh at ourselves and lighten up, ending the needless and seeming endless suffering of humanity. This approach releases all the energy we waste in conflict and allows us to find creative solutions, to make music and to celebrate Life. Much like the Buddha, laughing in the garden, where is the problem Now? ~ Cathy Ginter

Friday, February 10, 2017

A Beacon for Love

The practice of whole-hearted acceptance does not mean that we have the right to act out our unhappiness with violence. Neither are we justified in blaming another person for what we are feeling. In actuality, until we are willing to take full responsibility for our own emotions, we remain stuck with our wounds and our victim mentality. Gratefully, I am seeing that surrender is one of the most effective tools in the healing process. Of course, it is not necessary to either like or to avoid any self-indulgent behavior. The important thing is to realize that there is a soft flicker of hope behind the eyes of every wounded child. With encouragement and patience, this soft flicker of hope can glow ever brighter until it blossoms into a beacon for the Light of Love. ~ Cathy Ginter