Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Thorny Tangle

Yesterday i spent an hour with 3 other friends pulling out invasives--barberry, burning bush, and multiflora rose. These invaders crowd out native plants.

I used my weed wrench to pry their roots out of the ground. The thorny branches of the Briar Rose gave me an appreciation for the tangle Sleeping Beauty's prince had to get through in order to wake her up.

Our views, beliefs, and opinions form the thorny tangle that keep us in a state of delusion. If we want to awaken--to the world around us and to our own native kindness and compassion--then we need to expend some effort and practice mindfulness as often as we can. Mindfulness helps us uproot unskillful thoughts and actions.

Of course, it helps to have some weed-pulling friends--a sangha--to encourage and support us.

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