~James Taylor, ‘Sweet Baby James’
Dreamily remembering my 4 year old self
saying , “my favorite color is green.”
It remained favored for much of my life.
I still seem to like it a lot.
“When people see some things as beautiful, other things become ugly. When people see some things as good, other things become bad.”~ Lao Tzu
Concentrating on this color preference
I have the insight to hold my liking
of green lightly, not too tight.
This feels freer to better appreciate other
colors of the wheel for the uniqueness each offers.
“Desire can be compared to fire. If we grasp fire, what happens? Does it lead to happiness? If we say: “Oh, look at that beautiful fire! Look at the beautiful colors! I love red and orange; they’re my favorite colors,” and then grasp it, we would find a certain amount of suffering entering the body. And then if we were to contemplate the cause of that suffering we would discover it was the result of having grasped that fire. On that information, we would hopefully, then, let the fire go. Once we let fire go then we know that it is something not to be attached to. This does not mean we have to hate it, or put it out. We can enjoy fire, can’t we? It’s nice having a fire, it keeps the room warm, but we do not have to burn ourselves in it.”
Ajahn Sumedho, in ‘Teachings of a Buddhist Monk’
A friend shared that she let go of her craving
for custard by eating too much of it at one time.
Now, she says it makes her sick.
Wonderful that we can comfort our
body & mind with compassionate friendship,
by being mindful of desire, then concentrating on it.
Then, when insight arises, right action occurs naturally.
No need to make ourselves green
or blue in the process of throwing out.
I can resist everything except temptation.Oscar Wilde
I’m off on a road trip adventure. Will share the experience
when i return in a few weeks!