I’ll keep making the aspiration
that my thoughts, words and actions
be of benefit to all beings
and then I’ll watch where this path takes me.
With trust I’ll move forward,
eyes and heart wide open,
ready to live in the mystery.
I’m here, Life,
and I’m ready!
Watching the fire
melt away the wood
until only embers are left
I’m reminded how short our time is
here on earth.
May I burn brightly
fulfill my purpose
give warmth, heat and help.
And when it’s time
may I melt away
until the very last moment.
Start your day with an aspiration
right upon awakening:
May all of my thoughts, words, and actions
today be of benefit to all beings.
Finish your day with reflection–
How did it go?
Did you remember your aspiration even one time?
If yes, rejoice! How wonderful!
If you completely forgot your aspiration–
rejoice! You are aware that you forgot
and will have that much more awareness
to apply to tomorrow’s aspiration.
If we are to be
we must cultivate
to meet whatever life brings us,
without trying to escape from it.
Discomfort can teach us about ourselves,
can show us how to awaken,
if we look at it,
if we don’t try to make it disappear.
As we become familiar with practices
to awaken our compassionate, wise heart
our commitment to awakening deepens.
We learn that we can practice formally
and in all of the moments
of our daily lives.
In joy and in misery
we water the seed of bodhichitta–
the seed of our awakened heart–
and as we feel the seed grow,
our confidence grows with it.
There are ways of meeting our neuroses
with warmth, with tenderness–
the way a gentle mother
would steer her baby away from danger…
When we feel like we’re going down
the path of reactivity
we give ourselves the reminder
that we’ve tried it this way before–
and it didn’t work too well then–
so why not try something new this time?
We hold the aspiration
that our thoughts, words, and actions
might be of benefit to all beings,
that we might nurture the seeds of wisdom,
of clear mind and kind heart.
Holding this aspiration,
the strong warriors that we are
might grow in strength
and in the precious ability to love.