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We encounter a lot of “enemies” each day – queues, bad weather, deadlines, meetings that don’t go according to plan, traffic slowing us down when we are in a hurry, people who disagree with us, events we do not like. We instinctively try to avoid,  grumble about them and turn them into enemies, with us quickly feeling like victims.  This quote reminds us that a lot  of our dissatisfaction is self-created, a lot of stress caused by our own minds.

When an enemy arises in your life, even though you may kill it,

another will simply arise,

because all arisings are simply a manifestation of your own state of consciousness

Kalu Rinpoche

photo crepoastoram

Thanks in the middle of the world

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Mostly I just stand in the dark field,

in the middle of the world, breathing

in and out. Life so far doesn’t have any other name

but breath and light, wind and rain.

If there’s a temple, I haven’t found it yet.

Mary Oliver, What is there Beyond Knowing

photo Andy Beecroft

Accepting each moment

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All things, the grass as well as the trees,
are tender and soft while alive
When dead, they are withered and dried.

Therefore the stiff and the rigid are companions of death
The gentle and the kind are the companions of life

Lao Tzu

photo Francisco Javier Epinoza Pérez