Kindness

May. 10th, 2007 11:40 pm
canyonwren: (In the garden)
I saw this sign at a forest Wat above Chiang Mai. Of all the Buddhist temples I visited while there, this was my hands-down favorite. It was humble and tucked away in the trees, with these handmade signs scattered about. A typically rich, though small, temple was under construction, but the established buildings were elegant and poor. Very refreshing with the gilded and lavish wats in the city.

The sign really captured something for me. Just that nebulous thought that I've tried to pin down and live by -

Be Kind sign

I've been trying to formulate a post about this for a little while, but it really comes down to the same thing I've been saying about happiness and survival. Kindness is yet another state of being that's easy when life is going well. Being happy, kind, gracious and vibrant with life is easy when wealth of spirit is spilling through your cupped hands. Nothing new here.

I've spent some time arguing with myself over this entire concept, recently. Looking past behavior, that is. I don't know how much I believe that anymore, but I still believe in being kind. It can be hard to run up against people who don't agree, but I suppose that's the behavior the sign is referencing. Life is so delightfully multi-faceted at times.
canyonwren: (canyoning)


Bewilder, v.t.; bewildered, pt., pp.; bewildering, ppr. [Dan. forvilde, to bewilder; G. verwildern; AS. wilde, wild.]
1. to confuse hopelessly; befuddle; puzzle
2. to cause (a person) to be lost in a wilderness. [Archaic.]


I've been meditating on survival of spirit for a few weeks, as I've slowly read through the incredible Gonzales book I've referenced here repeatedly: Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why.

My conclusion: there really is no difference between wilderness survival and spiritual survival. To do one, you need the other. Doing one feeds the other, and the wilderness is sometimes the ten inches between your heart and your brain.

Survival of spirit... )

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