This is the darkest day of the year. Infinite possibilities, yeah! It can only get lighter, at least for six months. Practicing dharma means to work with everything that happens to you, outer circumstances and inner thoughts, emotions, and feelings — always with an eye on positive transformation. That is why Bodhisattvas are said to be like peacocks. Peacocks thrive on poison, so do Bodhisattvas. Difficult circumstances provide a rich opportunity to work on our stuff in order to become happier, more loving, and wiser. Gratitude to the shortest day!
The rough challenging patches are ripe for inner growth. When there is smooth sailing, we coast, and usually do not grow. That’s why Bodhisattvas are likened to peacocks. Peacocks eat poison, but are not harmed. […]