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Liberation is Made One Choice at a Time

poetry

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Liberation is Made One Choice at a Time

I choose…to forgive,
Though others wouldn’t.
And though I have every right not to,
Knowing the benefits of forgiveness I make this choice freely.
You may choose not to forgive me, this I have no control over.

I choose…to respect others,
Though often I’m disrespected myself.
To strive to appreciate, understand and value others,
Knowing the benefits of respecting others, I make this choice freely.
You may choose not to respect me, this I have no control over.

I choose…to care,
Even though it is not always easy.
Recognizing that its opposite is merely negation,
Knowing the benefits of caring I make this choice freely.
You may choose not to care about me, this I have no control over.

 I choose…to always be your friend,
Even though you’re not always a good friend to me.
Accepting that self cherishing is the root of all suffering,
Knowing the benefits of cherishing others, I make this choice freely.
You may choose not to be my friend, this I have no control over.
 
I choose…to be kind towards others,
Though others are often cruel towards me,
For hatred can never defeat hatred, only kindness prevails.
Knowing the benefits of kindness I make this choice freely.
You may choose not to be kind towards me, this I have no control over.
 
I choose…to be strong,
Though others may try to marginalize me,
Recognizing that they are merely seeing me through their own fears.
Knowing the benefits of self confidence, I make this choice freely.
You may choose not to recognize my strength, this I have no control over.
 
I choose…to be excellent,
In my intention, character and deed.
To go beyond the norm, to uncover my true potential,
Knowing the benefits of diligence, I make this choice freely.
You may choose to be an obstacle to my progress, this I have no control over.

I choose…to become a ‘lion among men’.
Though this long path I must walk alone,
I know the Buddhas clearly point the way.

– Tenzin Tharpa


 

Today I choose liberation

poetry
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Today I choose liberation

Tired of irrepressible thinking spoiling my noble intention,
Negative actions, destroying my positive potential,
Today I choose liberation

Tired of pleasing my friends and avoiding my enemies,
Failing to meet expectations and having others failing to meet mine,
Today I choose liberation

Tired of persona, expressions and looks of surprise,
Meetings with pleasing faces and saccharine smiles,
Today I choose liberation

Tired of serious thinking and walking fast
Being wise, being clever, being something, being better,
Today I choose liberation

Tired of what others think or think it matters what I may,
Tired of fitting in and being a part of the gang,
Today I choose liberation

Tired of respect and need of respect in return,
Tired of compliment, status and my daily calculating of my worth,
Today I choose liberation

Tired of being funny, entertaining, interesting, and coy,
Tired of telling “my story”, while wishing it was better,
Today I choose liberation

Tired of neurotic caring and idiot compassion for fools,
Obsessive purpose fulfillers and the immediate righteous cause,
Today I choose liberation

Tired of boundaries and division, lines drawn in the sand,
Lines declaring enemies and lines protecting friends,
Today I choose liberation

Tired of tomorrow, today and events of the past,
Of soon, of almost, of one day,
Today I choose liberation

Tired of consequence, of threat, of hope and reward,
Tired of nights in sleepless deliberation,
Today I choose liberation

Tired, tired, tired…tired period.
Finally and fully exhausted, some things just need to be,
You see liberation needs no fuel, for its not ahead, but at our feet.
For thoughts are not the problem, you see,
It’s the unruly engine ” thinking” that pushes from behind,
But when “thinking’s” fuel is exhausted,
Thoughts are freed and can calmly and naturally arise.
Forward motion exhausted, we sit…in peace…in still…liberated.

–  Tenzin Tharpa