Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Sunday, 25 January 2015
Saturday, 24 January 2015
You have to watch, as you watch a lizard going by, walking across the wall, seeing all its four feet, how it sticks to the wall, you have to watch it, and as you watch, you see all the movements, the delicacy of its movements. So in the same way, watch your thinking, do not correct it, do not suppress it--do not say it is too hard--just watch it...
Friday, 23 January 2015
The past is already past. Don’t try to regain it. The present does not stay. Don’t try to touch it. From moment to moment, the future has not come; don’t think about it beforehand. Whatever comes to the eye, leave it be. There are no commandments to be kept; There’s no filth to be cleansed. With empty mind really penetrated, the dharmas have no life.When you can be like this, you’ve completed the ultimate attainment.
Thursday, 22 January 2015
A day begins; there are no promises.
Maybe the sun will shine, or not.
No one can be sure who is around that corner
or what news this next call might bring.
Seasons arrive like clockwork but how
they will turn out is a mystery. Still...
One day we will slip from our bodies
and slide into the Light; this we know.
Perhaps to rouse from sleep and put aside
the fear that hunts our hearts,
we could live each day
as if the Light was already ours.
Listen: The heart hears a deeper truth
than the head. Even the loneliest
one is never alone on
the winding journey home.
Arlene Gay Levine
Here is the road: the light
comes and goes then returns again.
Be gentle with your fellow travelers
as they move through the world of stone and stars
whirling with you yet every one alone.
The road waits.
Do not ask questions but when it invites you
to dance at daybreak, say yes.
Each step is the journey; a single note the song.
Arlene Gay Levine
(From Bless the Day: Prayers and Poems to Nurture Your Soul)
Photograph by: Wynn Bullock
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
The greatest achievement is selflessness.
The greatest worth is self-mastery.
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.
The greatest precept is continual awareness.
The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.
The greatest action is not conforming with the world’s ways.
The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.
The greatest generosity is non-attachment.
The greatest goodness is peace of mind.
The greatest practice is humility.
The greatest effort is not concerned with results.
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.
The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.
Monday, 19 January 2015
The stuffed rabbit asked, “What is real?”
And the rabbit asked, “Does it hurt?”
And the horse said, “Sometimes.”
“Does it happen all at once?”
“It takes a long time. Generally, by the time you are real, most of your hair has been loved off, your eyes dropped out, and you get loose in the joints. But these things don’t matter at all because you are real. You can’t be ugly except to people who don’t understand.”
The Velveteen Rabbit
Friday, 16 January 2015
Thursday, 15 January 2015
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Sunday, 11 January 2015
Saturday, 10 January 2015
Where you come from is gone,
where you thought you were going to was never there,
and where you are is no good unless you can get away from it.
Where is there a place for you to be?
Nothing outside you can give you any place...
In yourself right now is all the place you've got.
Friday, 9 January 2015
Thursday, 8 January 2015
Wednesday, 7 January 2015
Tuesday, 6 January 2015
In meditation we discover our inherent restlessness. Sometimes we get up and leave. Sometimes we sit there but our bodies wiggle and squirm and our minds go far away. This can be so uncomfortable that we feel’s it’s impossible to stay.
Yet this feeling can teach us not just about ourselves but what it is to be human…we really don’t want to stay with the nakedness of our present experience.
It goes against the grain to stay present. These are the times when only gentleness and a sense of humor can give us the strength to settle down…so whenever we wander off, we gently encourage ourselves to “stay” and settle down.
Are we experiencing restlessness? Stay!
Are fear and loathing out of control? Stay!
Aching knees and throbbing back? Stay!
What’s for lunch? Stay!
I can’t stand this another minute! Stay!