is filled with
be where love is
what is the benefit
of exerting mental effort
the wrong way?
the woman is just ... magic.
strut yo' stuff, ms. lang!
(thanks to unthaw)
can any lock keep love confined within, when the loving heart's tiny tears escape and confess it? the unloving belong only to themselves, but the loving belong to others to their very bones.
(thanks to sheri)
(thanks to jesse)
(thanks to crowdog)
the work of nicholas vreeland:
... peace ...
it is crucial for you to understand what meditation is. it is not some special posture, and it's not just a set of mental exercises. meditation is the cultivation of mindfulness and the application of that mindfulness once cultivated. you do not have to sit to meditate. you can meditate while washing the dishes. you can meditate in the shower, or roller skating, or typing letters. meditation is awareness, and it must be applied to each and every activity of one's life. this isn't easy. ... in meditation, don't expect anything. just sit back and see what happens. treat the whole thing as an experiment. take an active interest in the test itself, but don't get distracted by your expectations about the results. for that matter, don't be anxious for any result whatsoever.
bhante henepola gunaratana, 'mindfulness in plain english'
we must expend the bulk of our energy setting good roots today rather than fretting about the plants that are already growing from the roots we set in the past.
master hsing yun, 'describing the indescribable'
all those beautiful nuances, and i love a nice clause. (sujata)
genuine compassion is unbiased. (h.h. the dalai lama)
a wound is just a highway to a new and enlightened kind of confidence. (kd lang)
if you want happiness to bloom within you, simply water the seeds. (t.n. hanh)
don't be discriminatory, don't keep a grasping and rejecting attitude. for this reason it is said truth has no comparison, because it is not relative to anything. (hui-chung)
you want to know my philosophy? one day a peacock, the next day a feather duster. (pat quinn, illinois gov.)
ever tried. ever failed. no matter. try again. fail again. fail better. (samuel beckett)
if you want others to be happy, practice compassion. if you want to be happy, practice compassion. (h.h. the dalai lama)
c'est la vie say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell. (chuck berry)
it is a shame to become fixated on any idea. one should always attempt to remain open to any idea which contradicts one's most cherished beliefs. ('roaring silence')
so hard to see, so very, very subtle, alighting wherever it likes: the mind. the wise should guard it. the mind protected brings ease. (dhammapada, 3, translated by thanissaro bhikkhu)
it is not that anger and desire are inherently evil or that we should feel ashamed when they arise. it is a matter of seeing them as the delusions they are: distorted conceptions that paint a false picture of reality. they are negative because they lead to unhappiness and confusion. (kathleen mcdonald)
q: i can observe anger and work with greed, but how does one observe delusion?
a: you're riding a horse and asking where's the horse? pay attention. (ajahn chah)
we on the same team now, pritty. ('t-bag' to 'michael')
asserting the truth
not yielding to anger
and giving. (dhammapada, verse 224)
(image courtesy of crowdog)
happiness is not pleasure ... and unhappiness, as the buddhists say, is not the same as suffering. suffering - in the sense of old age, sickness and death - is the law of life; unhappiness is just the position we choose - or can not choose - to bring to it.
danmalas by kathy klein:
the words to flutter
around you and land softly
on your shoulders in peace.
i want you to hear them
tell you of heaven.
and they will gather.
this year, change your mind
an article by oliver sacks
plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose ...
first impressions is a folio of thoughts, observations and, in most cases, remembrances. two of the pieces, 'transition' and 'unexpected treasure', were written within the last two years, the other ones within a day or so of the posting date.
i am grateful to have been given a cybercloud on which to rest them, am very grateful to those who take time to read them, and am more grateful still to those who generously offer their comments. such touching of hearts and minds is a treasure.
a full listing can be seen by clicking the show all posts live link below.