Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Thousands of Candles...~ Buddhist Thought for the Day ~

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"Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, 
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.

I teach one thing and one only: that is, suffering and the end of suffering.
Just as a mother would protect with her life her own son, her only son,
so one should cultivate an unbounded mind towards all beings, and loving-kindness towards all the world.
One should cultivate an unbounded mind, above and below and across, without obstruction, without enmity, without rivalry.
Standing, or going, or seated, or lying down, as long as one is free from drowsiness, one should practice this mindfulness. 
This, they say, is the holy state here."
~Sutta Nipata

One of ma belle soeurs got me to a yoga class this past weekend and it's been way too long. 
I even did a 75 minute session on my own at home this morning 
which almost never happens. 

There is just something about that mindfulness (all by itself) 
but especially combined with the strengthening and lengthening and focus on the body. 
Mind/body focus.

I'm determined that this start will put me back on the yoga mat on a more regular basis. 
And while I don't do a long meditation every single day (like I'd prefer) , 
I do find that a few minutes several times a day is still tremendously helpful. 

Love that term: 'An unbounded mind.' 
And 'happiness never decreases by being shared.' 
Too often we share the opposite. 
What if every single day, 
we opted to share happiness through an unbounded mind?! 
What would the world look like? 


2 comments:

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh so true ma belle, OH SO TRUE. Whenever we share ANYTHING of goodness, it is bound to INCREASE 10 fold!!!! HAPPY DAY KIRSTEN! Anita

Valerie Brooks said...

Ah, so true. Happiness begets happiness.