Morning Meditation, April 17, 2020
This morning we explore our ability to connect with joy, with readings from Rabindranath Tagore and Jack Kornfield.
From Sadhana: The Realisation of Life, by Rabindranath Tagore
Joy is everywhere; it is in the earth’s green covering of grass: in the blue serenity of the sky; in the reckless exuberance of spring; in the severe abstinence of grey winter; in the living flesh that animates our bodily frame; in the perfect poise of the human figure, noble and upright; in living in the exercise of all our powers; in the acquisition of knowledge. . . Joy is there everywhere.
And from Jack Kornfield:
When you learn to navigate your difficulties with compassion and grace, you will also discover that joy will return.
No matter what you have faced, joy and renewal wait your return. When you remember, you can open your eyes to the mystery of life around you. Sense the blessings of the earth in the perfect arc of a ripe tangerine, the taste of warm, fresh bread, the circling flight of birds, the lavender color of the sky shining in a late afternoon rain puddle, the million times we pass other beings, in our cars and shops and out among the trees without crashing, conflict, or harm.
The world offers perennial renewal, in the grass that pushes itself up between the cracks in the sidewalk, in the end of every torrential rainstorm and in every newly planted window box, in every unexpected revolution, with each new morning’s light. This unstoppable spirit of renewal is in you. Trust it. Learn that it flows through you and all of life. The ultimate gift of our suffering is to teach us how to properly grieve, heal, and learn compassion. But finally we come to the realization that in any moment we can step out of the body of fear and feel the great winds that carry us, to awaken to the eternal present.
Have a wonderful day!
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