The cure to being offend-able

The cure to being offend-able is to realize that you cannot control others, but you can control how you react and respond to what others say and do.”– Terri Cole

Over the last year I have been reading Thich Nhat Hanh’s book You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment. My aunt let me borrow it and I have been slowly making my way through it’s simple, life changing pages. One of the most pressing parts of this book, a piece of truth I have been mulling over, is the practice of compassionate listening. It’s a way to receive the thoughts, words, and emotions of another person, no matter the intent, tone, or content. By doing this you help relieve the suffering of that person. Thich Nhat Hanh says, “You listen with only one purpose: to help him or her to empty his heart. Even if he says things that are full of wrong perceptions, full of bitterness, you are still capable of continuing to listen with compassion.”

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Like the river

Above all, be at ease, be as natural and spacious as possible. — Sogyal Rinpoche

It’s been 8 months since I’ve shared any words here.  Last year, 2018, was a year of movement. All aspects of my life shifted and rearranged themselves. I met Ryan in January (we celebrated our one year of knowing one another on January 5th), I moved from the Near Eastside of Indianapolis to the northwest part of the city near the IMA and Crown Hill Cemetery, I had multiple job changes – that would take me a whole blog post to explain – and I got sick for about a month in September, which really kicked my butt.

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Eternal Womb of God

Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself. — Paramahansa Yogananda

Last year on my birthday I climbed out of my bedroom window, perched on my little corner roof and watched the sunset. No one else was home and I was perfectly content. Later in my journal I wrote the following:

 

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There is no such thing as God

There is no “what” that can be called God. There is no such thing as God because God is neither a “what” nor a “thing” but a pure “Who.” — Thomas Merton
For the last year or so, I have been reading New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton*. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend reading a little bit every now and then. Today is Thomas Merton’s birthday. He’s been extremely influential in my spiritual journey and I would like to share some of my favorite quotes from his book that have had a significant impact on my life:
 

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If you were transformed, the world would be transformed

If you were transformed, the world would be transformed.” — Enneagram Institute

Last month my friends and I went to the Red River Gorge. We picked the best time to travel to that part of the country; the trees were deep autumn tones, it was sunny and warm during the day with brisk nights that called for a big, cozy fire.

We let the fresh air fill our lungs as we hiked to Natural Bridge and every arch we could find. I picked up every leaf thinking each one was the most beautiful, while my friends poked fun at me because the ground was a carpet of beautiful leaves.

Looking out over the quiet tree tops, I called to mind something I had read recently: If you were transformed, the world would be transformed.

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