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In the cemetery,
Touched your gravestone
As if there was nothing written on it for a long time
Years of connection
White out over the years
Lashing- out ; Anger; Distance
Killed what was precious once!
No single memory left, survived
All gone underground
You are gone!
What is gone is gone forever
Nothing could bring back what is lost!
He says: are you going home?
I say: it depends how you define it.
He says: yes, you are going home
I say: not sure, where home is.
This conversation never ends!
Where is HOME?
Home is where your heart and mind meet and match
Home is where people share the same values
Where there is inclusion, laughter, joy, happy moments!
When you are with me
When voices of freedom ring!
Yes, that is home!
Another gift that became presented in my spiritual journey was to have more appreciation for a simple life.
When backpacking/ traveling for days and weeks, one constantly moves from one place to another. The most predominant concern is to find places to sleep and eat. Nothing else is mattered; nothing else is important.
Simple life has no accessories to take care of or look after. Simple life has no additional distractions; it has no unwanted engagements; it has no exposure to commercial ads or excessive noises. Life is simple. Unnecessary man-made problems seem to be absent in simple life.
Imagine to reduce accessories, distractions and unwanted engagements in our life. Imagine to have a simple life. Imagine to have none of unwanted excessive noises and commercial ads in our life. Imagine what might be possible to us as human species? Don’t you think we will have more respect for our nature, others and ourselves?
Just imagine a day when one frees himself/herself from all unwanted pressures like shoulds, musts! Just imagine how beautiful our life will be!
Tahereh Barati, M.A, RMFT
We all want Love in our life. We all have strong desire to experiencing loving relationships. We all want to reassure ourselves that we are being loved by someone special. But what is Love? How can it be possible? Can it be constructed?
Loving ourselves, loving each other, our neighbors, and our enemy are essential part of philosophical political and psychological debates in human history. It is said, most fights/ conflicts are linked to the absent of Love in human relationships.
Thick Nhat Hanh shares his views and wisdom on ways of bringing Love more present in our daily life. In his book, True Love (1997), he says: according to Buddhism, there are four elements of true Love. I am going to share with you what he consider as essence elements of Love. They are the following:
a) The first element of true love is Maitri, which can be translated as Loving- kindness or Benevolence. Loving- Kindness is not only the desire to make someone happy, it is the ability to bring joy to the person you love. To have this ability, you must practice ‘deep looking’ directed towards the person you love. If you don’t understand this person, you can’t love properly. Understanding is the essence of love. How to understand the person? We must have time; we must practice looking deeply into this person. We must be attentive. We must observe and look deeply.
b) The second element of true love is Karuna, Compassion, this is not only the desire to ease the pain of another person but the ability to do so.
c) The third element of true love is Mudita, Joy. If there is no joy in love, it is not true love. If you are suffering all the time, if you cry all the time, if you make the person you love cry, this is not really love. It is even the opposite.
d) The forth element is Upeksha, Equanimity or Freedom. In true love, you attain freedom. When you love, you bring freedom to the person you love. You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free; not only outside but also inside.
I would like to invite you to reflect on your love according to these elements and see if your love has these elements and if not, what could you do differently. Please share your thoughts and ideas!
Tahereh Barati, M.A, RMFT