There is a Buddhist practice in which one imagines giving joy and the source of all joy to other people, thereby removing all their suffering. Though of course we cannot change their situation, I do feel that in some cases, through a genuine sense of caring and compassion, through our sharing in their plight, our attitude can help alleviate their suffering, if only mentally. However, the main point of this practice is to increase our inner strength and courage. I have chosen a few lines that I feel would be acceptable to people of all faiths, and even to those with no spiritual belief. When reading these lines, if you are a religious practitioner, you can reflect upon the divine form that you worship. Then, while reciting these verses, make the commitment to enhance your spiritual values. If you are not religious, you can reflect upon the fact that, fundamentally, all beings are equal to you in their wish for happiness and their desire to overcome suffering. Recognizing this, you make a pledge to develop a good heart. It is most important that we have a warm heart. As long as we are part of human society, it is very important to be a kind, warm-hearted person.
May the poor find wealth, Those weak with sorrow find joy. May the forlorn find new hope, Constant happiness and prosperity.
May the frightened cease to be afraid, And those bound be free. May the weak find power, And may their hearts join in friendship.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
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"You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection."
Buddha (via kushandwizdom)
"Three things can not hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth."
Buddha (via thecalminside)

There’s so much hate in the world involving body shaming, feminism, religion, vegans, sexuality, politics, ect. You don’t need to agree with someone and practice their beliefs to be accepting of their life choices. Open your heart and mind to the ideas of others and you’ll find that others will be far more willing to open their hearts and minds to you. 🌞
"Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace."
Buddha (via kushandwizdom)
  • liberal baby: destroy c-c-c
  • marxist father: capitalism??
  • liberal baby: destroy consumerism
  • alexsvmner:


“Never trust the occultist who tells you that he is the head of a tradition, because if he were, in the first place, he would not tell the fact to the uninitiated, and in the second place he would in all probability be living in great seclusion and inaccessible to all but his immediate subordinates. If a man is a great artist he does not need to inform us of the fact; we shall know him by his pictures that are hung in the galleries of the nation, and we shall, moreover, find that he guards himself from casual acquaintances because of the inroads on his time to which his fame renders him liable. The more eminent a person, the harder he is to approach, not out of any spirit of pride and exclusiveness, but because so many people want to see him that discrimination has to be used in admitting them.”

— Dion Fortune - The Training And Work Of An Initiate

Truer words never were said. :-)