Compassionate Guidance for Tough Times

Compassionate Guidance for Tough Times

Dear Ones – the intense AF energy is weighing heavily on us all.   Part of it is the planetary alignments. Part of it is the angry, sad, terrors and atrocities reverberating throughout the world. I’m sorry for your pain and hardship. It’s truly tough right now. We are learning strength through keeping our hearts broken open. I experienced my own breakup/loss in November and experienced the epiphany that the pain you/me/all of us are experiencing is several things at once – It is the pain of the Collective Consciousness. It is the ancient pain buried deep in our DNA It is the pain we never got to feel, acknowledge, process and understand that comes from our early childhood, and from our past lives. Because of the nature of this pain, it is Sacred. Feeling it, staying open in our hearts, and feeling the pain of others, keeps us connected to each other. It also helps us to heal. Here’s an amazing, enlightening quote from Pema Chodron’s “When Things Fall Apart” that illustrates me last point – “This kinship with the suffering of others, this inability to continue to regard it from afar, is the discovery of bodhichitta. Bodhichitta is a Sanskrit word that means “noble or awakened heart.” It is said to be present in all beings…. We awaken this bodhichitta, this tenderness for life, when we can no longer shield ourselves from the vulnerability of our condition, from the basic fragility of existence. In the words of the sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa, “You take it all in. You let the pain of the world touch your heart and...