Friday, October 15, 2010

Ki Teitzei - Remembering to Forget

Parshat Ki Teitzei 
Deut. Ch. 25:19. "…blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven. Do not forget!."

A paradox: how to remember to forget? To blot out the memory of those things that pursue us, drain life from us, and undermine our peace, we must “remember” or remind ourselves to return our attention, again and again, to that which gives us life.  This is the “effortless effort” we can use to gently train our minds by focusing on breath or God.  As the mind quiets, it expands and in the expansiveness, troubling, even horrific, memories can be seen from a new perspective.  

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