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I'm on a Gatha kick right now.....so I thought I would share some......
From: 201 Little Buddhist Reminders -- Kipfer
Gathas focus on the small everyday things of life and express how all beings and things are interconnected. The Gatha form can become a very meaningful way for you to reconnect in any situation. We spend our lives individuating, separating-making me, you, separate and distinct. Our minds are constantly writing the story of "my life" with me as the star and everyone else as supporting players. But this creates suffering for us, this desire to be "somebody separate".
Gathas help us be present in the moment,stop writing the story, and reconnect to life and other people.
Gathas may be said at any time or in any place, because you say them silently to yourself. It is a practice to acknowledge what you are doing and bring a sense of the sacred to your life instead of mindlessly experiencing things as one task or errand after another.
-- I choose to do my job and live my life with integrity, compassion, mindful observance, and a healthy sense of humor. In both large and small matters, may I always be true to my deepest principles so that my integrity may be a gift to others.
-- The greatest mistake is to be continually fearful of making a mistake. A stumble may prevent a fall. I admit I have made a mistake. My eyes are open wide to the consequences. This is an experience I learn from. That is the ultimate correction.
-- I possess my money-it does not possess me. Money can be helpful or harmful, can further either good or evil, depending on whether I use it or abuse it. I use my money wisely.
-- I work to sustain effort and sincerity, discipline and self-control. I build from the practice of restraint, settling back and allowing desires to arise and pass without always feeling the need or compulsion to act on them. I work towards wisdom.
-- Zen is concentration on everyday routine. When I do something, I concentrate wholly on what I am doing. I put myself in a cocoon of concentration.