Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.
Without them, humanity cannot survive.
The creatures that inhabit this earth–be they human beings or animals–are here to contribute,
each in its own particular way,
to the beauty and prosperity of the world.
–Dalai Lama XIV
Okay, I confess, I read the second quote and immediately thought about the limits of my love, and where my capacity for compassion meets with struggle. Yes, there is a long list of what I might be referring to, but in this moment, reading that quote, I thought of cockroaches.
I always think of cockroaches as reminder of where my capacity to see beauty in all that exists runs in to trouble. Lorraine has proved to be one of my heroes in this area of life. The day she told me the story of saving the life of a cockroach, I applauded her and was quite excited.
In truth, I too would have probably saved the cockroach the same way I seek to save most other insects that cross my path. Yet, my affectionate heart needs a tune up when it comes to grasping with robust and devoted appreciation their role in contributing beauty and prosperity on this earth.
Chronic stress and unresolved trauma detract from compassion, so I will continue my own path of recovery, and hope for the best. I would appreciate having your company along the path.
We didn’t meet last month and belated apologies about that. I hope to see you there this month.
If you would like more information on how to join the Ubuntu group, please get in touch with us. : )
Friday, October 19 2012
6:30p – 9:30p
TRE starts promptly at 6:30p
Optional: bring veggie foods to share
We have been doing the Ubuntu group since the very beginning (2004). Held on the 3rd Friday of every month, it is a time to connect with one another in an authentic way about whatever is happening in life, to share from the deeper self, from our most known truth. For more information, visit http://livingubuntu.org/events or call (949) 891-2005.
Every human being truly becomes a human by means of relationships with other human beings.