“If one comes across a person who has been shot by an arrow, one does not spend time wondering where the arrow came from, or the caste of the individual who shot it, or analysing what type of wood the shaft is made of, or the manner in which the arrowhead was fashioned. Rather, one should focus on immediately pulling out the arrow.
Protecting oneself, one protects others: protecting others, one protects oneself . . . And how does one, protecting oneself protect others? By the repeated and frequent practise of meditation.
And how does one, in protecting others, protect oneself? By patience and forbearance, and by a non-violent and harmless life, governed by loving kindness and compassion. Self-protection is not selfish protection, it is self-control, ethical and spiritual self-development.” ~ Buddha
I find with those painful memories of hurts received in times past, that time itself, when separated from the causes, allows me to engage these memories from the heart’s perspective. The triggers wear out when not fed by resentment, but when engaged with the knowing of oneness, and a thirst for spiritual development. This practise augments the nervous system, giving it a perceptible boost whenever *”negative greetings” are experienced in the present moment.
The whole thing is coloured by the awareness that at times, I haven’t always been entirely as good as I aspired to be, and that wherever a transgressor is coming from, I once a dwelled in a similar place, and it is time now, and not before time, to forgive the world, and myself.
Todays art work, “Somvarta” completes”Anticipated Moment”, which features on https://amras888.wordpress.com/2012/02/page/2/ and is repeated in miniature at the foot of this post. Somvarta was lost for decades, but turned up just in time for this post. I have digitally modified it a bit, and I hope you like it.
My thanks to all who have looked in and liked these posts. I will do my best to keep up with my mailbox, and hope to be back very soon. Peace, and Namaste from Amras.
*”Negative greetings” is David Wilcock’s euphemistic description of unkind behaviours.
Art ©Francis Moloney: 1980-2012.