more to consider

7 03 2011

I said I thought I knew what the correct answer to my last question was. I ran across this little bit from Gil Fronsdal and it certainly seems relevant,  thought I’m not sure which side of the argument it comes down on:

Giving a brief sermon, the Abbess (of a Buddhist monastery) once said, “A hot furnace does not need to be heated. A loving heart does not need to be loved. Being loving is more important than being loved.”

If the point is to be awake and present in the here and now, then certainly those memories and imaginings are harmful. Yet, in the introduction to the piece that this bit is in, he says that part of the value of the stories derives from your ability to imagine yourself in the circumstances and situations described in the stories. If those memories or imaginings bring you to a loving place and one without self pity or a feeling of loss or regret, aren’t they a tool toward cultivating a loving, open heart?

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