Letter to a Friend

To my dear friend Jataka,

I almost feel as though I need to apologize. Often in our correspondence, I feel as though I have less and less to offer you. It's not that you ask anything of me. It is more that I feel hollow inside and void of any wisdom, insight or strength.
Our spiritual life reveals that no matter how much or how often we rearrange our lives to make ourselves feel better, we realize that life is dukka, a cart with square wheels; there is little that we may do to smooth out the ride. However, in time, with perserverance, patience and perhaps good guidance, we find a way to continue...and in our continuance, the wheels begin to smooth out their edges, not because the edge is any less - we have finally learned how to roll with ride. Like an expert horseman, we bounce and flow with the horse's stride. The amatuer rides stiff and tight and finds himself unable to walk for days on end!
There will be no end to life's hardships. Good times, bad times - you know we've seen our share...there is peace even within the most difficult of times.
“The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge, while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse.”
Those that partake of a spiritual life are not ordinary men and woman. We have been awakened to that, havn't we?
“The internal dialogue is what grounds people in the daily world. The world is such and such or so and so, only because we talk to ourselves about its being such and such and so and so. The passageway into the world of shamans opens up after the warrior has learned to shut off his internal dialogue.”
And we know this so well, don't we?
Your friendship has been a strength to me. Did you know that?

May you be well
May you be happy
May you be free from suffering.




Jataka said…
Since the start of knowing you, the wisdom you've shared with me is now my eternity- with the hope that I, in whatever shape or form, will return still carrying it.
You cannot let me down. My perceptions can, but you can't.
I'm honored to take a place on your site! Shanti, Jataka