Our Connection

We share the –
Same earth, same ancestor
Same origin, same destiny
Same life design, same brain design

Our outer experiences may be different,
But our inner experiences are same
Our stories may be different,
But our emotions are same
Deep down -
Our pain and pleasures are same
Our joy and miseries are same
Our fear and struggles are same

When I see our –
Pride and ego
Insecurity and jealousy
Anger and aggression
Revenge and scheming
I realize –
Our survival tendencies are same
Our desperate attempts are same

When I see us, I notice –
How we want many things from others,
Forgetting what others want from us
How we judge the attitudes of others,
Forgetting our attitude towards others
When I see us, I realize –
How we cling to our views and opinions
How we want friendship in our terms
How we demand love in our terms
How we lead communication in our terms
How we expect life in our terms

When I see us, I understand –
How we misunderstand each other
How we mistrust each other
How we fight with each other
How we destroy each other
Not realizing –
Our connection with each other

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CK. Kamaraj
July 2014

When comes to our own anger, emotional outbursts, madness, mistakes and clumsiness, we always find a way to justify and rationalize it. But when it happens to others, how easily we criticize, blame and condemn them! When it happens to us, it is natural or necessary thing to do, but not when it happens to others! This double standard mind of ours would only give us deep misery. Instead of criticizing, blaming and condemning others, may we develop understanding and compassion! May we accept people as they are!

Loving-kindness Aspiration

May you be safe and free from suffering
May you be happy and healthy
May you 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