with wings of drifted snow and eyes of flame

The degree of love we manifest determines the degree of spaciousness and freedom we can bring to life’s events.

Imagine taking a very small glass of water and putting into it a teaspoon of salt. Because of the small size of the container, the teaspoon of salt is going to have a big impact on the water. However, if you approach a much larger body of water, such as a lake, and put into it that same teaspoon of salt, it will not have the same intensity of impact because of the vastness and openness of the vessel receiving it. Even when the salt stay the same, the vastness of the vessel receiving it change everything.

We spent a lot of our lives looking for a feeling of safety or protection – we try to alter the amount of salt that comes our way. Ironically, the salt is the very thing that we cannot do anything about, as life changes and offers us repeated ups and downs. Our true work is to create a container so immense that any amount of salt, even a truckload, can come into it without affecting our capacity to receive it.

Sharon Salzberg, Lovingkindness

1 Comment

  1. Jason

    December 25, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    Thanks for this Alistair. A really beautiful, straightforward and sage reminder of where to aim one’s mind now and for years to come.

    Thank you for all the wisdom you’ve opened up for me. I look forward to continuing my journey next year.


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