Monday, July 19, 2010

Simply Ask

I love it when my spiritual worlds- Christianity and Buddhism- come together.

Every morning in my email, I receive the Rigpa Glimpse of the Day. Reading it first thing every day gives me a tool to use as I go about my day.

I haven't written much about my Buddhist studies and how Buddhism manages to help me integrate my Christian beliefs into everyday life. Some day I will, but for now, I wanted to share today's Rigpa message.

I am REALLY uneasy about asking ANYONE for help. Whether it's to hang a picture, support a cause, or to clean up the kitchen. I wonder why that is? I'll get back to you on that, but I have a feeling it lies in my need/insistence for self-perfection, my fear of not being "liked", and ultimately, my ego.

Wow- what a way to start Monday.

Anyway, here's today's Glimpse. I'd love to read YOUR take on it!!!

"All we need to do to receive direct help is to ask. Didn’t Christ also say: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you. Everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth”? And yet asking is what we find hardest. Many of us, I feel, hardly know how to ask. Sometimes it is because we are arrogant, sometimes because we are unwilling to seek help, sometimes because we are lazy, and sometimes because our minds are so busy with questions, distractions, and confusion that the simplicity of asking does not occur to us.

The turning point in any healing of alcoholics or drug addicts is when they admit their illness and ask for aid. In one way or another, we are all addicts of samsara; the moment when help can come for us is when we admit our addiction and simply ask."

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