Include everything

So over the last couple days, I’ve been pondering my previous two posts:
What is the resonance between the quotations from H.H. The Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh?

I realized, both of them point to the same practice: include everything. Include the pleasant, the unpleasant, and the neutral in this constantly flowing river of feelings we experience. Include the fundamental rights of all, friend and enemy, as the basis of compassion.

Notice and include all. With kindness.

As I heard from vipassana teacher Pam Weiss — and as I’ve been repeating to others ever since receiving these simple instructions:

Relax
Pay attention
Include everything
Be kind
You are what you are seeking

We learn to welcome all “parts” of ourselves, with a clear-eyed awareness of all we are. Even the shadow side, the difficult feeling, the self-doubt, the “lazy” leg… all are invited. And broaden our sense of “ourselves” to include all. Although at times it is much easier said than done, this is the integration of self, and of Self.

In this, we free up our creative, loving energy and find wholeness. Union. Yoga.

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