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