Sunday, December 16, 2012

Facing the now, moving forward

The following quote spoke to me about how sometimes we need to face the now ourselves, and push on through, and not hope or pray for some magical relief.

"Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers,
but to be fearless in facing them.
Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain,
but for the heart to conquer it.
Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved.
  but hope for the patience to win my freedom."

Dr. Tagore, a Bodhisatta. p598 The Buddha and His Teachings. 1998

In fact I wonder if the belief in the efficaciousness of prayer is actually detrimental, in that it may breed inaction and complacency rather than doing something?

There is a strange familiarity, yet slight difference, with Jesus praying prior to his pending crucifixion "take this cup from me, yet not my will but yours be done"

Friday, December 14, 2012

Inhibitions, the self imposed restrictions to fullness of life

"An inhibition is a self-imposed restriction on one's behaviour ..."
(Paul Eggen & Don Kauchak - Educational Psychology 2010)

Isn't that interesting, the words "self imposed" really jumped out at me when I read this the other day and again today. If it's me who is imposing the restriction, then it's also me who can remove it.