Category Archives: Spirituality

Great Minds Think Alike

I love it when I find a common link between two (seemingly) very different people: “Around us, life bursts with miracles, a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity …

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Is Only An

“An emotion is only an emotion. It’s just a small part of your whole being. You are much more than your emotion. An emotion comes, stays for a while, and goes away, just like a storm. If you’re aware of that, you won’t be afraid of your emotions.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh I think life gets …

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I maintain / I insist

Excerpted from Abbey’s Road by Edward Abbey, ©1979: I camped that first night near the Olga Mountains, strange hoodoo domes and humps of monolithic, barren sandstone, similar in origin to Ayers Rock but different in color and shape, a little higher, and much more extensive in total area. They looked even older than the Rock, …

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Without Knowing It

“People have suffering in one place, so they go somewhere else. When suffering arises there, they run off again. They think they’re running away from suffering, but they’re not. Suffering goes with them. They carry suffering around without knowing it. If we don’t know suffering, then we can’t know the cause of suffering. If we …

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Take Inventory

“Buddhism teaches that joy and happiness arise from letting go. Please sit down and take an inventory of your life. There are things you’ve been hanging on to that really are not useful and deprive you of your freedom. Find the courage to let them go.”  ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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Dropping all that

“Enlightenment is not something you achieve. It is the absence of something. All your life you have been going forward after something, pursuing some goal. Enlightenment is dropping all that.”  ~Charlotte Joko Beck And that reminded me of this: Full lyrics HERE.

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Bird Ideas

“What’s reality? I don’t know. When my bird was looking at my computer monitor I thought, ‘That bird has no idea what he’s looking at.’ And yet what does the bird do? Does he panic? No, he can’t really panic, he just does the best he can. Is he able to live in a world …

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Flammarian

I’ve seen this image many times on the web over the years, usually colorized, but never with an artist’s credit. I did a little sleuthing, and although the artist’s name is lost there is a little information about its origins.  We know it first appeared in1888 in the book L’atmosphère: météorologie populaire, by astronomer Camille …

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Live and Let

“Dharma is how we can come to die professionally.”  ~Lama Tharchin And that reminded me of this:

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Not Adapt

“Gurus should not adapt the Dharma to the needs of busy materialistic people who demand a business-like method for receiving teachings that fit into their lifestyles. Were that to happen, far too much that is crucial to an authentic spiritual path would be lost.”  ~Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche The first thing I thought of was Christian …

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Without Being Fooled

“The only way is to enjoy your life. Even though you are practicing zazen, counting your breath like a snail, you can enjoy your life, maybe much better than making a trip to the moon. That is why we practice zazen. The kind of life you have is not so important. The most important thing …

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The Sound Of

“Feel the silence right now. You can feel it. It’s a thing of beauty. You know when you’re getting into the true silence. You begin to become happier and happier and happier for no reason. It makes no difference what’s going on in the world. The world is in one place and you’re in another …

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