Zen Seeds
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A Parent's Last Words:

Because the story has an end, it is a story.
Remembering that we are finite can help us live an authentic life.

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The World of Mutual Sympathy:

In real self love, there is no ego. Paradoxically, there is no self.
Peace has been made with emptiness.
From there we can go on to love others,
Because they are not others anymore.

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But too many of us do not love ourselves.
This is the ultimate in egotism.
It is indulging in a self-consciousness
That puts a mistaken value on what others think of us.
Our original face smiles,
Unconcerned with the disapproving stares of adults,
As we run around the children's playground,
Laughing.