A message from Yuan Tze, April 2020
How do we keep our hearts open when the world is in turmoil? You see all the suffering and you feel the pain.
‘It is a dilemma’, you may think, ‘when I open my heart to the world, I also invite vulnerability and suffering to myself’.
Let’s examine this further.
What would your reaction be at this time?
- Do you feel overwhelmed and anxious?
- Do you feel angry and wanting to blame?
- Do you feel hopeless and fall into despair?
These reactions may seem reasonable or even ‘natural’.
However, in looking closer, do you see the possibility that the pattern of Avoiding and Hiding could play a part in it, especially in directing us to find ‘refuge’ in patterns which lead to these common reactions?
Why can’t we face reality?
Because it is difficult and we need to close our hearts and divert ourselves in order to feel better and safer....