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12 September 2008 @ 08:32 am
Tao of the Day: Is it love you seek?  
The near enemy or misunderstanding of loving-kindness is attachment. [...]

[Attachment] occurs in the following relationships: between parents and children, between lovers, and between spiritual teachers and their students. Llenchak is characterized by clinging and self-involvement. It's like weaving ourselves into a web of shared neurosis. By its nature, it inhibits human growth. Inevitably the llenchak relationship turns into a source of irritation and blindness.

Loving-kindness is different from llenchak. It is not based on need. It is genuine appreciation and care for the well-being of another person, a respect for an individual's value. We can love someone for his own sake, not because he is worthy or unworthy, not because he is loving toward us or he isn't. This goes beyond relationships with people. Loving even a flower without llenchak, we see it more clearly and feel more tenderness for its inherent perfection.

- Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You
Current Music: "You Give Love a Bad Name" - Bon Jovi
Cantakerous troubadoursonder on September 12th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
"Your world was made for you by someone above
but you choose evil ways instead of love.
You made me master of the world where you exist
the soul I took from you was not even missed."

- Black Sabbath
Kburgunder on September 12th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)