Living Buddha, Living Christ.
I’m coming across some life changing reads of late. Here is one. Living Buddha, Living Christ. I’ve read it front to back twice and it’s become one of those regulars that I pick up, open at a random page and be instantly reminded and inspired of goodness.
Absorbing Living Buddha, Living Christ has inspired me to be a better person. It’s inspired me to want to be more sympathetic, empathic. To listen harder and understand more. It reminds me to put myself in the others shoes and see things from their perspective. It’s reminded me not to be scared and to open my heart to new experiences and opportunities. It’s reminded me that if I ever feel wobbly to stop and return to me, return within, and use my breath. Back to basics. Breathe in and breath out. It’s reminded me that I am supported, that we all are.
I AM THERE FOR YOU.
The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When our mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers. If you love someone but rarely make yourself available to him or her, that isn’t true love. When your beloved is suffering, you need to recognise her suffering, anxiety, and worries, and just by doing that, you already offer some relief. Mindfulness relieves suffering because it is filled with understanding and compassion. When you are really there, showing your loving-kindness and understanding, the energy of the Holy Spirit is in you…..
….Mindfulness is very much like the Holy Spirit. Both of them help us touch the ultimate dimension of reality. Mindfulness helps us touch nirvana, and the Holy Spirit offers us a door to the Trinity.
I think this applies to everyone in our lives, collectively – ourSelves, our friends, our family, our children, our lovers. Everyone.
Living Buddha, Living Christ, 20th Anniversary Edition, Thich Nhat Hanh
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