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Lions Roar : March 2009
SHAMBHALA SUN MArcH 2009 82 the soul ... an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart. it transcends the world that is immediately experienced and is anchored somewhere beyond its hori- zons. ... it is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out.” Hope is not related to accomplishment. it is, quite simply, a dimension of being human. to feel hope, we don’t have to accomplish anything. Hope is always right there, in our very being, our human spirits, our fundamental human goodness. if we know that we are hope, it becomes much easier to stop being blinded or seduced by hopeful prospects. instead of grasping onto activities that we want so desperately to succeed, we can see clearly and simply what to do. Grounded only in who we are, we discover those actions that feel right, rather than those that might or might not be effective. we may not succeed in changing things, but we choose to act from the clarity that this is right action for us. people who endure and persevere for their cause describe clarity as a force arising within them that compels them to act. they express this by saying, “i couldn’t not do it.” thomas Merton, the famed Christian mystic, counseled a despairing friend: “do not depend on the hope of results ... you may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. as you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work it- self. ...you gradually struggle less and less for an idea and more and more for specific people. ... in the end, it is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything.” Merton’s advice is completely contrary to current career coaching. don’t worry, he says, that our work will be worthless, achieve no results, or might even create re- sults contrary to what we want. Many years ago, i took Merton seriously and abandoned all hope of ever saving the world. this was extremely heart-wrenching for me, more difficult than letting go of a love relationship. i felt i was betraying my causes, condemning the world to a terrible end. some of my colleagues were critical, even frightened by my decision. How could i be so irresponsible? if we give up saving the world, what will happen? still today, i have many beloved colleagues who refuse to resign as savior. they con- tinue to force their failing spirits and tired bodies back into action one more time, wanting angry vehemence to give them vigor. i didn’t give up saving the world to protect my health. i gave it up to discover right ac- tion, what i’m supposed to be doing. beyond hope and fear, freed from success or failure, i’m learning what right action feels like, its clarity and energy. i still get angry, enraged, and frustrated. but i no longer want my activities to be driven by these powerful, destruc- tive emotions. i’ve learned to pause, come back to the present moment, and calm down. i take no actions until i can trust my interior state—until i become present in the moment and clarity emerges undimmed by hope and fear. then i act, rightly, i hope. Merton spoke truthfully. it isn’t outcomes that matter. it’s people, our relation- ships, that give meaning to our struggles. if we free ourselves from hope and fear, It isn’t outcomes that matter. It’s our relationships that give meaning to our struggles. If we free ourselves from hope and fear, from having to succeed, we discover that it becomes easier to love.