APPRECIATE YOURSELF

Appreciate yourself.

How many people are born and die everyday without having an inkling of their true nature? I know this is an obvious thing to say, but sometimes we can take knowledge and wisdom for granted.

Even if we have just heard the words compassion, awareness and emptiness for the the first time, we know we have started the process to enlightenment. How truly fortunate!

In Tibetan Buddhism, there are two methods. One is to practice compassion and kindness, and through these we accumulate merit and gradually realise the view of emptiness. The other is being introduced to the Great Perfection – our true essence and nature of emptiness and awareness – and from there, compassion naturally arises. 

When you have this sort of understanding, life is very different, as you know why you are here.

Don’t take anything for granted! We are only here a short while. To even be in the ‘virtual’ company of fellow aspirants makes our live fruitful, as it is a karmic connection.

If you ever feel you lack confidence in life and experience doubts, this is merely an inner conflict with habitual pattern. It shows intelligence and awareness: appreciate your intelligence and awareness – they will lead to enlightenment!

 

It’s good to know ‘virtual’ friends.

Enlightened beings are ‘virtual’ friends.

‘Virtual’ can be more real than real.

 

 

Virtual: adjective – We drove to the cottage in virtual silence: effective, in effect, near, near enough, essential, practical, for all practical purposes, to all intents and purposes, in all but name, indirect, implied, implicit, unacknowledged, tacit.

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2 Responses to APPRECIATE YOURSELF

  1. daisymae21 says:

    You’ve hit on a couple of things there that I find really interesting – one was the description of the 2 ways of approaching spiritual practice and the development of compassion, and the other is the way in which we can allow ourselves to appreciate ourselves. I do try, every day, to remember to be grateful, while being aware of not veering over the line into smugness.
    Daisy

  2. tony says:

    There’s a very fine line between smugness and confidence and a sense of achievement. I reckon it’s a matter of the length of time we hold on to something. If we achieve something we have a right to feel smug or pride for a moment or two…”Well done me!” But confidence comes when we can let go, because we know we can do it again when needed.

    We are allowed divine pride – a feeling of unity with an enlightened beloved. That’s what Guru Yoga is all about.

    Tony

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