Love is the recognition of beauty -Buddhist Boot Camp

A flower doesn’t stop being beautiful just because somebody walks by without noticing it, nor does it cease to be fragrant if its scent is taken for granted. The flower continues to be its glorious self: elegant, graceful, magnificent and astonishing.Our Mother Nature has provided us with immeasurably valuable teachers that blossom despite their short lifespan, stars that continue to shine even if we fail to stare at them, and trees that don’t take it personally if we never bow down in gratitude for the oxygen they provide.We have an incredible and unlimited capacity to love, forgive, celebrate, and joyfully live our lives, but the question is: can we do it like a flower? Without needing to be admired, adored, or even noticed? Can we open our hearts completely, without hesitation or need for reciprocity?

Sometimes we go beyond taking things personally and are noticeably deflated when unappreciated. In-fact, devastated, we wilt in sorrow and then attempt to guard ourselves by withholding, with all sorts of protections and defenses. We get hurt (even angry), if our boss fails to recognize an astonishing feat, if a lover pulls their hand away, or when a friend forgets our birthday. Can you imagine a flower copping an attitude for not being praised, or the moon dimming its glow because we’re too self-absorbed to notice it more often?

Make an effort to shine, no matter what.
Love, unconditionally.
And be a kind and gentle soul (even when nobody is watching).

And, if you’re so inclined, hug the next tree you see, and say “thank you”.

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