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"We don’t deserve resolution; we deserve something better than that. We deserve our birthright, which is the middle way, an open state of mind that can relax with paradox and ambiguity. To the degree that we’ve been avoiding uncertainty, we’re naturally going to have withdrawal symptoms—withdrawal from always thinking that there’s a problem and that someone, somewhere, needs to fix it." Pema Chodron

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BE KIND "I suppose the thing I most would have liked to have known or been reassured about is that in the world, what counts more than talent, what counts more than energy or concentration or commitment, or anything else - is kindness. And the more in the world that you encounter kindness and cheerfulness - which is its kind of amiable uncle or aunt - the better the world always is. And all the big words: virtue, justice, truth - are dwarfed by the greatness of kindness." ~ Stephen Fry

"Let everything happen to you. Beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final". Rainer Maria Rilke

Rumi: "Let your prayer be pure praise, not begging for something to happen, or not happen."

But listen to me. For one moment quit being sad. Hear blessings dropping their blossoms around you.” -Rumi

From the time we open our eyes in the morning until we sleep at night, if we can pass the whole day with a kind-hearted mind and cheerful face, on good terms with people and talking pleasantly to them, our mind will be relaxed when we go to sleep at night. - The 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Peace requires us to surrender our illusions of control. We can love and care for others but we cannot possess our children, lovers, family, or friends. We can assist them, pray for them, and wish them well, yet in the end their happiness and suffering depend on their thoughts and actions, not on our wishes. Jack Kornfield. Sat Nam. More inspiration at: www.valenciamindf...

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Compassion

‘I grew up a hunter. All our boys and men were hunters. Hunting is going and talking to the animals. You don’t steal. You go and ask.’ Roy Sesana, Gana Bushman, Botswana. Picture © Mark Håkansson/Survival

Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. As the god of beginnings, he is honoured at the start of rituals and ceremonies (Hindu). Ganesha is also invoked as patron of letters and learning during writing sessions. (...)

Buddha was asked, what have you gained from meditation? Lost the fear of old age and death.

Ganesha - remover of all obstacles, the deity of intellect, wisdom, and new beginnings.

"When I rise up, let me rise up joyful like a bird. When I fall, let me fall without regret like a leaf." Wendell Berry, photography Didier Jallais

Upekkha. Upekkha means equanimity. It refers to a mind that is calm and steady in the face of life's ups and downs. This is a tall order because it means opening our hearts and minds not just to pleasant experiences but to unpleasant ones too. Resisting the latter just adds our own stress to what is already difficult. Lama Yeshe beautifully expresses the essence of equanimity: "If you expect your life to be up and down, your mind will be much more peaceful."