Sunday, September 7th, 2014 Focus: I am learning to see with the heart, which loves, rather than with the mind, which compares and defines.

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“It is our very search for perfection outside ourselves that causes our suffering,” said the Buddha. Even the most perfect moment or thing will change just a moment later. It is not perfection we must seek, but freedom of the heart. Liberation arises when we are “without anxiety about non-perfection”.

The world is not supposed to be perfect according to our ideas. We have tried so long to change the world, yet liberation is not to be found by changing it, by perfecting it, or ourselves. Enlightenment will never come to us when we seek perfection. The Buddha arises when we are able to see ourselves and the world with honesty and compassion.

Liberation comes not as a process of self-improvement, of perfecting the body or personality. Instead, in living a spiritual life, we are challenged to discover another way of seeing, rather than seeing with our usual images, ideals, and hopes. We learn to see with the heart, which loves, rather than with the mind, which compares and defines. This is a radical way of being that takes us beyond perfection.

Excerpted from the article:
What Is Spiritual? Seeking Spirituality Beyond Perfection
by Jack Kornfield.

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