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A quote to change how you wake up, every morning:
“The Navajo teach their children that every morning when the sun comes up, it’s a brand-new sun. It’s born each morning, it lives for the duration of one day, and in the evening it passes on, never to return again. As soon as the children are old enough to understand, the adults take them out at dawn and they say, ‘The sun has only one day. You must live this day in a good way, so that the sun won’t have wasted precious time.’ Acknowledging the preciousness of each day is a good way to live, a good way to reconnect with our basic joy.” ~ Pema Chödrön
How to Make Friends with all of Your Sweet Self: Maitri.
Buddhism is all about waking up.
Maitri is the art of developing an unconditional friendliness toward every part of our sweet selves—the tired, the mending, the broken, the wonderful, the always-changing. It’s not about baths and epsom salts, though that sounds darned good right about now.
It’s about making friends with the parts of ourselves we despise or bully or hide away.
It’s not about getting “better”—the fundamentally good version of yourself is right here, right now.
And we’ll help you realize it. Join the Maitri Course and learn from wonderful Buddhist teachers, here.
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Show up for yourself. Show up for each other.
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