If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.
Chanting is a way of deepening the moment, of deepening our connection with ourselves, the world around us, and other beings. The Sanskrit chants that we sing—recognized for millennia as the Names of God—come from a place deep within each of us, so they have the power to draw us back within. If we go deep enough, we will all arrive at the same place, our deepest Being.
Krishna Das ~ Chants of a Lifetime
Mystery irritates; it demands solutions. Perhaps this is because we are so intolerant of ambiguity, generally preferring things in black or white without shades of gray. When faced with mystery, we often engage in desperate attempts to solve it.
The desperation is apparent, as we’ve already seen, in the effort to explain away the occurrence of severe illness in spiritually enlightened individuals— anything to preserve our preferred theory that good people don’t get sick. – Dr. Larry Dossey / Healing Words
There is a simple practice we can do to cultivate forgiveness. First, we acknowledge what we feel- shame, revenge, embarrassment, remorse. Then we forgive ourselves for being human. Then, in the spirit of not wallowing in the pain, we let go and make a fresh start. We don’t have to carry the burden with us anymore. We can acknowledge, forgive, and start anew. If we practice this way, little by little we’ll learn to abide with the feelings of regret for having hurt ourselves and others. We will also learn self-forgiveness. Eventually, at your own speed, we’ll even find our capacity to forgive those who have done us harm. We will discover forgiveness as a natural expression of the open heart, an expression of our basic goodness. This potential is inherent in every moment. Each moment is an opportunity to make a fresh start. Pema Chodron – The Places That Scare You
Forgive the past. It is over. Learn from it and let go. People are constantly changing and growing. Do not cling to a limited, disconnected, negative image of a person in the past. See that person now. Your relationship is always alive and changing. – Messages from the Masters