We are what we believe we are


The wife and I carpool from time to time and when we do we listen to the wonderful Tara Brach to get centered. This morning her talk was "The stories that imprison us Part I".

Also I am watching a movie called "The power of the heart". Within it, this quote is referenced:

“Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.” ― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Within the context of the film:

"Lao Tzu said that ‘I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience and compassion. In an age where we run from the depth of feeling and the teachings of the heart, our (stories that we tell ourselves): fear can reframe simplicity as ‘stupidity’, patience as laziness and compassion as sentimentality and therefore make them not worthwhile to pick up. Simplicity refers to direct living, first hand experience – to the return to touching life directly. This restores our wholeheartedness. Patience also restores us to wholeheartedness. The urgencies we feel ever pressing are mostly false. Unless you or I can’t breath or we’re bleeding there’s no real urgency. And compassion means to be with, to keep honest company." – Mark Nepo

I am moved to acknowledge and dismiss all old stories attached to my life. I am moved to acknowledge and encourage all stories that my heart screams to have told by me.

Also from my life in Recovery: "Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas (stories) and the result was nil until we let go absolutely" - How it Works, Alcoholics Anonymous

I pray for the patience to keep it simple and live a life of compassion and creativity.

Amen.

PS. today is jump rope workout #2.


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