Saturday, December 29, 2007

Character Molding

A quote from a Tibetan philosopher of sorts, Sogyal Rinpoche:

“Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life itself reveals again and again the opposite: that letting go is the path to real freedom. Just as when the waves lash at the shore, the rocks suffer no damage but are sculpted and eroded into beautiful shapes, so our characters can be molded and our rough edges worn smooth by changes. Through weathering changes, we can learn how to develop a gentle but unshakable composure. Our confidence in ourselves grows, and becomes so much greater that goodness and compassion begin naturally to radiate out from us and bring joy to others. That goodness is what survives death, a fundamental goodness that is in each and every one of us. The whole of our life is a teaching of how to uncover that strong goodness, and a training toward realizing it.”

Upon further review of my life, I would say that there have been many waves lashing at the shores of Katie, what a beautiful image to have, to think of these things as shaping the shoreline, smoothing the edges, developing a gentle but unshakable composure. The whole of our life is a teaching of how to uncover the goodness this creates. Peace.

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