Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Carnitas and the Warrior

SHAMBALA The Sacred Path of the Warrior
By Chogyam Trungpa

Page 11 “The key to warriorship and the first principle of Shambala vision is not being afraid of who you are. Ultimately, that is the definition of bravery: not being afraid of yourself. Shambala vision teaches that, in the face of the world’s great problems, we can be heroic and kind at the same time. Shambhala vision is the opposite of selfishness. When we are afraid of ourselves and afraid of the seeming threat the world presents, then we become extremely selfish. We want to build our own little nests, our own cocoons, so that we can live by ourselves in a secure way.”

My daughter gave me this palm sized book several years ago. Philosophy is not an easy read for me but this book is written clear enough. Straight reading gives me little. I do better to pick it up every once in a while and let it surprise me. Most of us do strive to create a cozy nest, a place of peace, comfort, warmth. And for us, a place to make art for our own pleasures. Better to add wings and find ways to share.

Page 14 Excerpt from An Enlightened Society
“Discovering real goodness comes from appreciating very simple experiences.”

This would be me. The simpler the better.

Watercolor in moleskine 3-1-09.

1 comment:

Kim Saxe said...

I love this posting, Aiko. "Better to give it wings" indeed! It's making all the difference for me...and I was the cozy nester...for sure!

Looks like a happy picture. :)