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Without With Within
I keep a notebook by my bedside because things–poems, thoughts, solutions to statistics problem sets when I was in grad school–tend to come to me in my sleep. A couple of nights ago, this came to me:
“To have been without makes you so much more appreciative of what you are currently with, and drives home the importance of what you are truly within…”
I do not tend to remember my dreams, so I have no clue what was happening in my semi-conscious state to bring about this sentiment, but when I woke up and read what I had written down, I liked it (and wanted to share with you!). It reminded me of what one of the sisters at Blue Cliff Monastery told us. She was from Vietnam and had grown up very poor. She said that when she was younger she had quite a bit of shame around her background, but that with practice, she had transformed her shame into a capacity. A capacity to connect with people and a capacity to show compassion towards people who are suffering, for because of her background, she knew suffering.
In short, what this vision/quote/sleepy dream sentence means for me is two-fold: a) be grateful for all of your experiences, even hardships because there’s beauty and a lesson to learn from everything and b) when we endure the tough times, it allows us to more clearly see the important things and to see the true essence of ourselves.Comments