08:16 In a forest, there were many divergent paths. She could choose.
The path was hers and hers alone to choose.
She chose based on her gut instincts in a given moment.
Sometimes at first it would seem she had chosen unwisely
Like she’d acted out of love, forgiveness and compassion
and it may have been interpreted as submission, or stupidity
but such was the way of the world.
sometimes there were trolls, and dragons, and knights in shining armour
sometimes they played their parts well, or sometimes they bungled them,
as she herself did
but they were just doing their best and being themselves
just as she herself was.
In the end, everything worked out all right.
because of True Love, the true wine
08:45 Part II
True Love. Let’s see. What is True Love?
According to Zen Buddhism, it is:
1. Maitri – kindness or benevolence
“Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth.” – Buddha
2. Karuna – compassion
“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change.” – Buddha
3. Mudita – joy or happiness
“There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.” – Buddha
4. Upeksha – freedom
“The price of freedom is simply choosing to be.” – Buddha
“Love is a gift of one’s inner most soul to another so both can be whole.” – Buddha
Had she acted out of True Love? If yes, then True Love was already hers. She needed nothing further. No reciprocation, no recognition, no validation, nor condemnation… towards herself nor towards others. She was herself, acting from Love. And she loved herself for it.
If yes, she was True Love.
“The Four Elements of True Love According to Buddha,” by Francesca F., Uplift.com, Friday September 22nd, 2017 https://upliftconnect.com/the-four-elements-true-love/
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~ sobrietytree, day 185 / 6 months + 1 day, thanks in huge part to you, and all your true love embodiment