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Be Alight with Who We Are


On Jun 15, 2017 Brinda wrote:

 "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away."
- Henry David Thoreau 
I have always resonated with this quote which I think reflects the spirit of the Awakin passage. In being true to your true being, you don't need to compare or compete with others, and you can just be present with the joy of being. 
It also reminded me of something that Ani Choying Drolma said in last week's circle, that "I focus on what I need to be doing right now". This sense of being fully engaged and present is described in the passage as the joy the boy feels in walking home...and it is this joy which is lost when he focuses instead on outrunning the other fellow. 
Finally, a poem shared by a friend: (which I think speaks volumes on how to access our inner light)

Clearing
by Martha Postlewaite

Do not try to save
the whole world
or do anything grandiose.
Instead, create
a clearing
in the dense forest
of your life
and wait there
patiently,
until the song
that is your life
falls into your own cupped hands
and you recognize and greet it.
Only then will you know
how to give yourself
to this world
so worth of rescue.


 



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