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Jack Kornfield Can Help You Cope

If you haven't already, take a few minutes to read this interview with Jack Kornfield in this weekend's NYTimes Magazine.

I feel so privileged to have Jack as one of my guiding teachers, and to live so close to the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, which has become such a special refuge for healing transformation for me and countless others over the years. A rock -- literally and figuratively -- of a foundation to help keep me grounded and centered during these times of turbulence.

A beautiful excerpt from the interview here, more at the link below:

"In the Buddhist tradition, there are beings called bodhisattvas. A bodhisattva vows to alleviate suffering and bring blessings in every circumstance. They choose to live with dignity and courage and radiate compassion for all. The beautiful thing is that we can see bodhisattvas all around. We see them in the bravery of the health care workers or the unheralded ones who drive the trucks and stock the shelves of our grocery stores so we can all continue to eat. And now it’s time to add our part to this great dance. This is what we are here for. It’s time to make a vow, to sit quietly, rest your heart and ask, “What is my best intention, my most noble aspiration in this difficult time?” If you quiet yourself, your heart will answer. The answer could be simple: “I vow to be kind no matter what.” And when you find the answer in yourself, write it down and place it somewhere you’ll remember. Then when you feel lost or confused, take a breath and remember that vow. Because it’s time to become the lamp in the darkness, David. Where others hoard, you help. Where others deceive, you stand up for truth. Where others are uncaring, you become kind and respectful. This is what’s possible for us as human beings in this moment."

[Image Credit: Illustration by Jules Julien for the New York Times Magazine]

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