Category Archives: Spirituality

Things Exploded

“You can’t make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up under them.” ~Ray Bradbury, in Fahrenheit 451 And that reminded me of this: I never knew that things explodedI only found it out when I was down upon my kneesLooking for my …

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Never Too Late

“It is never too late to turn on the light. Your ability to break an unhealthy habit or turn off an old tape doesn’t depend on how long it has been running; a shift in perspective doesn’t depend on how long you’ve held on to the old view. When you flip the switch in that …

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A Thousand Desires

Zen Speaks: Shouts of Nothingness by Tsai Chih Chung, ©1994, is a wonderful little book of illustrated Zen and Tao parables. The illustrations don’t add a lot to understanding, but they make it a little friendlier. I recommend it.

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Light

via Draw & Wings

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Teacher/Learn

“I keep looking for one more teacher, only to find that fish learn from the water and birds learn from the sky.”  ~ Mark Nepo

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And It Cripples Us

“Every cell in the body is continuously changing. Thoughts and emotions rise and fall away unceasingly. When we’re thinking that we’re competent or that we’re hopeless– what are we basing it on? On this fleeting moment? On yesterday’s success or failure? We cling to a fixed idea of who we are and it cripples us. …

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On In Out

“Turn on, tune in, drop out.”  ~Dr. Timothy Leary Excerpt from Dr. Timothy Leary’s autobiography Flashbacks, ©1983: “Turn on” meant go within to activate your neural and genetic equipment. Become sensitive to the many and various levels of consciousness and the specific triggers engaging them. Drugs were one way to accomplish this end. “Tune in” …

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Not Merely

“Living is not merely going to the office, or passing examinations, or having children, or the everlasting struggle for bread and butter; that is only part of it. Living also implies seeing the trees, the sunlight on the river, a bird on the wing, the moon through the clouds; it is to be aware of …

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Vibing

One of the advantages, I guess, of growing older, is that we’ve lived through The Worst That Can Happen and carried on.  It makes us a bit bulletproof. (Like so many images, the artist’s name has been lost in a sea of reposts.  I believe it was originally in Spanish, and recaptioned somewhere along the …

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Time

Excerpted from Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, ©1922: “Did you,” so he asked him at one time, “did you too learn that secret from the river: that there is no time?” Vasudeva’s face was filled with a bright smile. “Yes, Siddhartha,” he spoke. “It is this what you mean, isn’t it: that the river is everywhere …

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That Ye Love

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”  ~John 13:34

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The Way We Want

“It is not life that causes suffering, but our expectation that life should be the way we want.”  ~Kōdō Sawaki

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