Mindful Aspiration

Instead of stuck in the past

Or constantly postponing my life to the future

May I wake up to now


Instead of stuck in my worries and mental stories

Or in day-dreaming and fantasies

May I live in this moment


Instead of stuck in the cycle of fear and hope

May I open up to life just as it is


Instead of running away from my pain and heartaches

May I bring my strength to get closer


Instead of desperately trying to control and fix everything

May I bring gentleness and gracefulness


Instead of struggling with the past and impermanence

May I accept the nature of reality


Instead of struggling with ambiguity and uncertainty

May I learn to relax and enjoy


Instead of strengthening my resentments and bitterness

May I cultivate openness and love


Instead of being a slave to my desires and addictions

May I find my freedom


Instead of habitually reacting to my fear and anger

May I bring a mindful space


Instead of babysitting my boredom and craving

May I bring mindfulness


Instead of bombarded by the outside forces

May I bring equanimity


Instead of losing my heart to the outside events

May I bring compassion


Instead of waiting for some outside factors

May I be happy right now


Instead of being miserable

May I be joyful

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CK. Kamaraj

June 2016

Loving-kindness Aspiration

May I be safe and free from suffering

May I be happy and healthy

May I have ease of being


May all beings be safe and free from suffering

May all beings be happy and healthy

May all beings have ease of being