domingo, 11 de dezembro de 2011

the four gates

                                                                      ponte de giverny de Claude Monet

An ancient tradition advises us to speak only after our words have managed to pass through four gates.
At the first gate, we ask ourselves if our words are true.
If so, we let them pass on...
If not, back they go...
At the second, we ask ourselves if our words are necessary.
At the third, we ask if they are beneficial.
At the fourth, we ask if they are kind.
If the answer to any of these is no, then what we are about to say should be left unsaid...

may our words pass on these four gates...
not judging
not segregating
not hurting...

may them always be words of friendship
words of truth
of happiness
of hope
of peace...

may also our hearts be home
for compassion
for affection
for goodness
for love...

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