Peace comes when our hearts are open like the sky,
vast as the ocean.
Photo: Donna Wan
When love meets pain it becomes compassion. When love meets happiness, it becomes joy. Joy is an expression of the awakened heart, a quality of enlightenment. When we live in the present, joy often arises for no reason.
The poet Mary Oliver writes, “To live in this world, you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.” This is our dance, our human incarnation: to tend and love that which is ephemeral.
Conflict really starts in the heart with our attachments and our needs and our desires. We need to pause for a moment and reflect on all conflicts that are here with us, that surround us. What is it that matters?