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Lions Roar : September 2011
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2011 56 can leave the mental toupee on the shelf and like yourself just as you are. There is something genuinely good about being you. You may not like every little thing about your- self, but overall you have an honest heart and you can connect with it through the practice of medi- tation. You have the courage to face yourself. From that connection with yourself and from actually liking yourself without conditions, you begin to see how brilliant and available life can be when it is without preconceptions or adornments. As you open yourself to yourself, you become more aware of the world you’re living in. The development of awareness here is a bit like having cataracts removed, or getting a hearing aid; you didn’t know your vision was so obscured until you finally see a brilliant yellow daffodil in the field. You couldn’t hear the first bird of spring singing in the meadow. You couldn’t taste the bitter onion flavor of chives by the stream. You didn’t see the face of your beloved, until you ran right into him. Then suddenly you begin to feel your world. You begin to understand love in an entirely new way. At that point, as you become more open, you also may begin to see where you’re stuck, how you’re often living in a hall of mirrors that you cre- ate for yourself. You see your speed and how that has produced panic. We may actually recognize and experience ourselves as the monkey bounc- ing off the walls in our house of mirrors. What you’re bouncing off of is often simply the reflec- tions that you project. When you bounce off your- self, this can take the form of self-hatred or it can be twisted into some kind of false arrogance and pride. Unfortunately, your dearest friends, lovers, relatives, and partners are often the mirrors you project your reflections onto most intensely. We demand a lot from intimacy, often more than it can possibly deliver. We ask ourselves and our closest friends to confirm us by reflecting some things and not others. Essentially, we ask, “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest one of all?” And we expect the answer, “You, my love!” This a burden to others and to us, and ultimately it doesn’t work. The mirrors crack. If you want to live in a hall of mirrors, this is a disaster. If you’re willing to find a true relationship with yourself and others, this is welcome relief from your self-imposed isolation. It reveals the tremendous space that is there when the myth of satisfaction is seen to be a fraud. Taking Refuge Breathing in, I go back to the island within myself. There are beautiful trees within the island. There are clear streams of water. There are birds, sunshine, and fresh air. Breathing out, I feel safe. I enjoy going back to my island. Breathing in mindfully, I meet the Buddha within myself. Buddha is mindfulness. His torch is always there illuminating my path, the path of coming, the path of going, the path of my mind, the path of my life. Breathing out mindfully, I see my path clearly, far or near. Breathing in, I find the Dharma in my breath. The breathing protects me, protects my body, protects my spirit. Breathing out, I keep the breath alive for my continual protection. Breathing in, I recognize the five skandhas as my Sangha. The breathing establishes harmony. The breathing generates peace. Breathing out, I enjoy the Oneness of my being. —THICH NHAT HANH From Call Me By My True Names, by Thich Nhat Hanh. Reprinted with permission of Parallax Press, Berkeley, California.