Author Archive: Abbie's Tree House

It’s all a show…

This is it, here and now We can find our way somehow Full lyrics HERE.

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Manifold Miseries

The practice of all the bodhisattvas is never to commit a harmful act, Even though not to do so might put one’s very life at risk, For the Sage himself has taught how negative actions will ripen Into the manifold miseries of the lower realms, so difficult to endure. ~Gyelse Tokme Zangpo (via)   Of …

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Shark Porcupine Hoot Owl

I found this in The Mad Bathroom Companion © 2004 and thought it was really clever.  The artist is credited on the image, but for those of you looking at the thumbnail: it’s Max Brandel. It’s a simple idea, and it’s something almost anyone can do.  Making our own looks like a fun and creative …

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Projections

“You have projected onto yourself a world of your own imagination, based on memories, on desires and fears, and you have imprisoned yourself in it. Break the spell and be free.”  ~Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Imagination

“With compassion, you need to be able to envision the end goal – the happiness that you want the other to attain. It is not the case that when you feel compassion you only see suffering and pain and cannot see anything beyond that. Rather, you have the imagination to see the other as free …

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Clear

“When you are not clear about the purpose of your life, you are never clear when it comes to making decisions that affect your life. You always hesitate and are always in danger of making the wrong decision. When your only purpose for living is the benefit of others, it is very easy to make …

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Ignore

“Ignore the mind the way you disregard the crowd you encounter in the streets.”  ~Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Hit Sideways

If you have a few minutes, David Brooks has written a wonderful article for the New York Times about building a happy life and healthy society:  The Moral Peril of Meritocracy Here is a short excerpt: But in the lives of the people I’m talking about — the ones I really admire — something happened …

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The Things That Make Us Human

“This is the result of social collapse, a lack of education, the loss of values in our homes and in our institutions. In recent years this country has focused only on politics. We have forgotten about the things that make us human.” ~Jorge Liscano He was quoted in a BBC video about grave robbing in …

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12123!

“One, two… One, two, three, UNH!”  ~James Brown (source)

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Tetris

Executives with multimillion-dollar stock packages often treat their employees like Tetris pieces, to be put into place as efficiently as possible, then promptly disposed of. That’s from an opinion piece about the video game industry Jason Schreier wrote for the New York Times (online HERE), but he could have been talking about almost anyplace.

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A Machine

“Empathy is the most essential quality of civilization, and for me, the movies are like a machine that generates empathy.   It helps us to identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us.”  ~Roger Ebert

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