Saturday, February 13, 2010

A Source of Strength

Difficulties and obstacles,
if properly understood and used,

can turn out to be an
unexpected source of strength.

~Sogyal Rinpoche

Of Note: Buddhists suggest that difficulties and obstacles should be welcomed with joy on the evolutionary way. Often adverse to pain, westerners rebel at such a foreign concept. Many believe that money can buy the way out of any problem. In reality, such is not the case and potentially has two consequences: debilitating weakness on any or all of the three physical planes (physical, emotional, mental) and more obstacles until the lesson is learned. One step forward, two steps backward characterizes this attitude. On the other hand, difficulties and obstacles consciously used could serve as strengthening agents. It is our choice.

Today's Weather Report: I went to town today with the sun blazing. The apparent warmth from the sun was deceptive, however, as the temps hovered at minus zero a good part of the morning. I'm not complaining because much of the country was blanketed in snow--49 out of 50 states according to Hawaii was the only state free of snow today!

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