“Life is filled with suffering, but it is also filled with many wonders, like the blue sky, the sunshine, the eyes of a baby. To suffer is not enough. We must also be in touch with the wonders of life. They are within us and all around us, everywhere, any time.” — Thich Nhat Hanh _________________ nuclear bombs with mushroom unfolding … and sunlight opening the petals of yellow violets … a child dragging herself through mud streets, lips scabbed and dry, eyes open in the napa
From formlessness, form arises. A story, essay, poem, novel, begins from a slight agitation, a dream, an image of the sun sprinkling over the water, from a hidden place deep in the unconscious. It is raw, muddled. A piece of soft clay that must. be shaped repeatedly before hardening. There may not even be a final form in mind, only the steady cut of steel to unformed material, as shavings float away to reveal a mysterious figure. … Write when you’re ready, when you can. If yo
A mind of peace will create peace. A mind of conflict will create conflict. Holding on to past slights, injustices, and insults will keep them alive within. Letting go of those things will release the feelings of hatred, resentment, and bitterness. A mind lazy with indulgences will become a slave to desire and temptation. A disciplined mind will not be affected by the greatest temptations. Rather than living through the extremes of life, behave with open honesty, moderation,
As your mind-body stills, you begin to see clearly. Instead of “you” watching the rain drop, there is only rain dropping. Rather than a separate you doing the action of “watching” the rain, there is the splash, splash, splash. With mindfulness, everything comes together in harmony. Breathing in, breathing out. Like a bow sliding across a violin in one slow hum, you are continuous, open to the sound. You are not separate from the rest of life. You inter-are. You are relations.
"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.”
When the mind is empty, everything is possible, nothing is possible.
There is existence and non-existence, not just existence, not just non-existence.
The more knowledge that one has, the more limited one is to that knowledge.
The teacup overflows unless it is empty of its contents.
With the right intention in the moment, nothing is good or bad, pleasant or unpleasant. Eve
Consciousness What is consciousness? Is it in how you think, believe, act, react? Does that make up your consciousness totally? Your brain is the result of evolution. Not merely your brain alone but the brains of all people. You go through many of the same things as everyone else. You experience fear of physical pain, fear of death, fear of what’s beyond death, anxiety in existence, psychological pain and rejection, shame about who you are. You have experienced all the psycho
“Whenever we throw something away, whether in the garbage can, the compost, or the recycling, it can smell terrible. Rotting organic matter smells especially badly. But it can also become rich compost for fertilizing the garden. The fragrant rose and the stinking garbage are two sides of the same existence. Without one, the other cannot be. Everything becomes a part of the garbage. After six months, the garbage is transformed into a rose. When we speak of impermanence, we und
INFP Nicknames: Dreamer, Healer, Mediator INFP (Introversion, Intuition, Feeling, Perceiving) is an acronym used in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), describing one of sixteen personality types. An INFP’s cognitive functions are Fi/Introverted Feeling (dominant), Ne/Extraverted Intuition (Auxiliary), Si/Introverted Sensing (Tertiary), Te/Extraverted Thinking (Inferior). INFPs are genuine idealists. They look for the good in other people and in bad situations. They may b