As a coach who's working with people trying to improve their health and work on changing their habits, I was struck by how relevant this passage is to the people I work with daily. I've been sharing it all morning and have been getting some very positive response so far. I've also shared it with some of the other coaches I work with. As part of our work as coaches, we're exposed to the inner worlds of so many people, so many of whom experience incredible amount of self-hatred, which is bottled inside and creates a lot of suffering. This reminds me of Kristen Neff's research into self compassion and her "letter of self compassion" exercise. Very powerful reading. Mahalo for sharing!
Just beautiful! Thank you for the opportunity to open my day with such inspiring thought ... Indeed patience is what I appreciate mostly about my meditation practice and what most folks in a society who puts urgency first could benefit from in our world.
mmm... I wonder what it was in my words that made you think I advocate a spiritual leader who talks in the spirit of truth but walks in darkness and misleads others? I myself have never been a fan... Life led in the spirit of personal example is essential from just about anyone, especially someone who has a strong effect on so many people, like a spiritual leader.
Perhaps we should return to a discussion we had recently about the difference between being judicious and judgmental. Of course it is necessary to make the distinction between ones who are on the path with you and ones who are not, but it's a whole'nother business to call them fools and disregard their company. That only encourages separation and the idea of superiority, which leads us back to a dualistic world and away from oneness.