Category Archives: Spirituality

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“As I see it, there isn’t so much to do. Just be ordinary:  put on your robes, eat your food, and pass the time doing nothing.”  ~Linji Yixuan • “I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.”  ~Kurt Vonnegut

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This, That, and

The “otherkin” are a unique group. They’re defined as “a subculture who socially and spiritually identify as not entirely human.” I kind of like that idea. I was reading an article about elephants, and how their brains are wired almost exactly like humans, and it suddenly struck me how species-centric that view is– you could …

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Within You Without You

“The biggest development of the immediate future will take place, not on the Moon or Mars, but on Earth, and it is inner space, not outer, that needs to be explored.” ~J.G. Ballard, in 1962

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As Soon As

As soon as you see something, you already start to intellectualize it. As soon as you intellectualize something, it is no longer what you saw. ~Shunryu Suzuki

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Rejoiceth

“Someone who has acted carelessly, but later becomes careful and attentive, is as beautiful as the bright moon emerging from the clouds.” ~Nāgārjuna • “How think ye? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and …

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Many Times

“The water in the stream may have changed many times, but the reflection of the moon and the stars remains the same.” ~Rumi

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Then He gave me a pretzel.

From That 70s Show, Season 2: Leo:  I sat next to God once on the bus. He told me the meaning of life, and then he gave me a pretzel. Hyde:  So what’s the meaning of life, man? Leo:  Uhhh… yeah. I guess I should’ve written it down.  But it was a good pretzel, man. …

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It Is The Time

“Compassion is not something to keep locked inside yourself. It is something to express in action. This compassion must persist beyond the thought, ‘If only their suffering would come to an end.’ If we focus too long on wishing for something that we never pursue and that never happens, we run the risk of falling …

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Old/Young

“Do you want to let yourself be defined by your possessions or by your job? I mean this as a serious question, because you could identify yourself with your job or your money or your possessions. Or you could identify yourself with your inner qualities and with happiness. It really is up to you.”  The …

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Just Breathe

It does seem like we’re being led constantly from one outrage to another.  Maybe the first step towards clearing the muddy water is to stop agitating it. Or, as Thich Nhat Hanh put it: We do so much, we run so quickly, the situation is difficult, and many people say, “Don’t just sit there, do …

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As Long As

“Wherever you go you will find your teacher, as long as you have the eyes to see and the ears to hear.”  ~Shunryu Suzuki

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Help

“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal.”  ~Rumi

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