There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people; first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy.
A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.
A human being is part of a whole, called by us the "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest -a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Only a life lived for others is worth living.
This is just a short note to ask that you hold our dear Sangha sister Shana in your prayers and meditations. She asks that we just envision her completely restored to glowing health.
We will be gathering next Tuesday evening at 6:30 at St. Matthew and Mark Church in West Barrington. We will enjoy sitting and walking meditation. I will offer a short talk and we will share the Dharma. Last time, we looked at the paramitas as being teachings on love...this time we will follow the path out of suffering through several layers of the practices that have been shared with us by the Buddha and Thich Nhat Hanh. I hope you will be able to be with us.
And I apologize for the delay, I am once again playing catch up with emails.... but I am including information below about an event which is happening this evening and was sent to me by a couple of Sangha members....
I hope you are able to be with us on Tuesday...It will be wonderful to be able to be together again.
with much love and the miracle of everything for you,
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