Small moments or days are enough to see the richness of life, if we are able to pay attention and give ourselves fully:
What is this dark hum among the roses?
The bees have gone simple, sipping,
that’s all. What did you expect? Sophistication?
They’re small creatures and they are
filling their bodies with sweetness, how could they not
moan in happiness? The little
worker bee lives, I have read, about three weeks.
Is that long? Long enough, I suppose, to understand
that life is a blessing.
Mary Oliver, Hum
To trust in things being as they are is the secret of life.
But we don’t want to hear that.
I can absolutely trust that in the next year, my life is going to be changed, different…
but always just the way it is.
Charlotte Joko Beck
There is no paradise,
no place of true completion
that does not include within its walls
Have good trust in yourself,
not in the one that you think you should be
but in the one that you are
Taizan Maezumi, 1931— 1995, Japanese zen Buddhist teacher
Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world revolves –
without rushing toward the future
Thich Nhat Hanh
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In meditation one tries to calm the body and the senses, to calm the mind, and become what’s called “the silent witness,” the witness beyond the mind. We in the West think that the mind is everything, but all Eastern practice is to get beyond the mind to the point of the silent witness, where you’re witnessing yourself, where you’ve gone beyond the ego, beyond the self.
The Indian tradition rests on what the West has largely lost: that there are three levels. There is the level of the body and the level of the mind, which the Western world thinks is the end. But beyond the body is the spirit. And that is the goal of life, to get to that.
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