From the author of Mother Wit, the much-loved guide to women's spirituality, come crystalline daily readings that inspire and guide women toward mindfulness, compassion, and centered contemplation. Diane Mariechild's practiced insight leads readers through the year with guided visualizations, advice, parables, and quiet inspiration that draws seekers toward the serene and ancient wisdom of Buddhism. This is clear and intelligent spiritual companion contains a wealth of stirring quotes from such luminaries as Alice Walker, Marion Wright Edelman, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Pema Chödrön, Charlotte Joko Beck, and Maya Angelou. Their voices inspire Mariechild's graceful spiritual direction, which leads the Western mind toward a calm center and a compassionate engagement with the world.
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About the Author
Diane Mariechild is the author of Mother Wit and Inner Dance. She leads workshops and lectures frequently on women and Buddhism.
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Knowledge is not reality.Experience belongs to the past.Let those who lack immediacy be silent.Let observers be content to observe....
Knowledge is often confused with reality. Knowledge helps us function in the world. We know how to drive a car, program a computer, knit a sweater, cook a meal. This knowledge helps us function in a physical world; it doesn't tell us about the ultimate reality of life.
All the experience we have comes from how we have related to situations in our past. Past experience is helpful in driving a car. We don't have to relearn each time we get behind the wheel. There is also a way in which experience can hinder us. When we rely solely on our past experience it can inhibit an accurate and appropriate response to a present situation. For example, we might rigidly hold to one way of doing things because it worked in the past. This prevents us from finding new, creative solutions to the present challenge. When a present situation reminds us of the past, the mind prevents us from seeing what is truly happening because it is clouded with old ideas and memories. In intimate relationships we often reenact old family patterns we learned from our parents. With our friends we reenact old patterns we learned from relating to our siblings. So we are reacting in a conditioned way. Keeping silent, being the witness, is often difficult to do. We think we're being helpful by giving advice. How can we truly know how another person feels or what we would do if we were in that situation?