“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
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.
“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
When you can't change your landscape, change your vision. Create your own adventure. Instead of trying to control that adventure, accept that everything is a part of life. The people you will meet along the way, don't judge them. Learn from them by watching your own reactions. What are you hiding from, what scares you or excites you, from your interactions? By speaking to people and then reflecting on your actions, you can see the truth of yourself. You are made of relations,