Awareness is sunlight in the mind. No one can take that from me. Awareness is my life's stronghold. It absorbs all fear.
The hindrances and defilements are as close as my flesh and mind, but they dissolve in the light of being known.
Even though I feel assaulted by hostile forces, my heart remains confident, balanced and patient.
I seek only one thing, one thing alone: to connect to this moment. Nowhere else. Only this. Nothing less. My palace in time.
When difficulties arise, I have a hiding place in my own heart - a secret tent where I can go and feel safe, a rock to rest my head upon.
Greed, hatred and delusion don't stop coming, but when they are met with a spacious heart, they don't stick around. Leaving me so grateful, I want to sing out loud:
Listen world! The power of love sets me free.
When I turn to face my heart - then everyone and everything is revealed.
Let this truth not be hidden from me. If only I could remember always what seems so clear right now. Wisdom would guide my every moment.
Awareness and compassion would be a father and a mother to me.
But I can follow the guidance of those who have walked this path before.
Trying to stay alert to the obstacles along the way because delusion and hatred aren't disappearing so fast.
Still, I affirm my faith in the power of goodness.
May we take courage; may we be strong; may our hearts be so filled with love there is no room for anything else!
May we see the arising and passing of all conditioned things (anicca vata sankhara).
May we open to the Unconditioned: Y*H*V*H
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