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Every week, we post a reading from various wisdom traditions, to provoke insights and deeper reflection. Each thought is also accompanied by an illustration and an audio recordings (and often translations in other languages). Explore and enjoy!

Accessing Desire As Loving Motivation

--by Miki Kashtan (Aug 22, 2016)

When Yannai, my sister Inbal’s son, was three and a half, his grandparents were visiting and were staying in the downstairs room. At about 8am the next morning Yannai started banging a pole on the floor upstairs. There ensued the following dialogue: Inbal: “Seeing you banging on the floor, I am worried about our guests. I would like them to be able to rest as long as they wanted. Would you be willing to stop banging or to bang on the couch?” Yannai: “I don't want to, but I'm willing.” I: “How come you don't want to?” Y: “Because it's not waking me up!” I: “So how come you're willing?” Y: “Because I want to consider you.” He then put down the pole, without any of the sense of...

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