In our charade with ourselves we pretend that our war is not really war.
We have changed the name of the War Department to the Defense Department and call a whole class of nuclear missiles Peace Keepers!
Let yourself remember and visualize the ways you have hurt others.
See the pain you have caused out of your own fear and confusion.
Feel your own sorrow and regret. Sense that finally you can release this burden and ask for forgiveness.
Take as much time as you need to picture each memory that still burdens your heart. And then as each person comes to mind, gently say:
“I ask for your forgiveness, I ask for your forgiveness.”
Wisdom says we are nothing.
Love says we are everything.
Between these two our life flows.
When we let go of our battles and open our heart to things as they are,
then we come to rest in the present moment.
This is the beginning and the end of spiritual practice.
Only in this moment can we discover that which is timeless.
Only here can we find the love that we seek.
Love in the past is simply memory,
and love in the future is fantasy.
Only in the reality of the present can we love,
can we awaken, can we find peace and understanding and connection with ourselves and the world.
We must look at ourselves over and over again in order to learn to love,
to discover what has kept our hearts closed,
and what it means to allow our hearts to open.
Nirvana manifests as ease,
as unshakable freedom.
This isn’t watering down nirvana.
This is the reality of liberation that we can experience,
sometimes in a moment and sometimes in transformative ways that change our entire life.