“Connected Enough to Love the Other”

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Strength flows from spirit full enough to nurture another, alive enough to act toward good, clear enough to understand, faithful enough to wait and see, fearless enough to reveal the truth, free enough to choose to learn, courageous enough to stand alone, connected enough to love the other.

 -“Controlling People: How to Recognize, Understand, and Deal With People Who Try to Control You” by Patricia Evans

All that we are is the result of what we have thought.

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“The Dhammapada”, Gautama Buddha

For about the past week, I’ve been blasting this first thing in the morning when I wake up; it’s been effective in attracting positive vibrations :):

Also this:

I’m a mystic man (such a mystic man)
I’m just a mystic man (mystic man)

I man don’t (I man don’t I man don’t)
I don’t drink no champagne (don’t drink no champagne)
No I don’t
And I man don’t (I man don’t) no (I man don’t)
I don’t sniff them cocaine (don’t sniff no cocaine)
Choke brain
I man don’t (I man don’t) no I don’t (I man don’t)
Don’t take them morphine (don’t take no morphine)
I man don’t (I man don’t I man don’t) I don’t take no
(Don’t take no heroin) nonono

‘Cause I’m a man of the past
And I’m living in the present
And I’m walking in the future
Stepping in the future
Man of the past
And I’m living in the present
And I’m walking walking(stepping in the future)
And I’m just a mystic man (such a mystic man)
Got to be a mystic man (mystic man)

Unrelated, but beautiful traditional Indian dancing:

On Aiding the Dying

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No less significant than preparing for our own death is helping others to die well. As a newborn baby each of us was helpless and, without the care and kindness we received then, we would not have survived. Because the dying also are unable to help themselves, we should relieve them of discomfort and anxiety, and assist them, as far as we can, to die with composure.

Here the most important point is to avoid anything which will cause the dying person’s mind to become more disturbed than it may already be. Our prime aim in helping a dying person is to put them at ease, and there are many ways of doing this. A dying person who is familiar with spiritual practice may be encouraged and inspired if they are reminded of it, but even kindly reassurance on our part can engender a peaceful, relaxed attitude in the dying person’s mind.

-The Dalai Lama, from “Foreward by His Holiness the Dalai Lama”, “The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying”, by Sogyal Rinpoche