As long as we are breathing, there are infinite possibilities.
A good starting point is with a question: What if I completely let go of the fear body and were released from the gloomy future it predicted? And then another question: In the absence of fear what would I want my life to be about? And then another: In the absence of fear, what would motivate me toward that life?
As we ask these questions and feel the resistance they provoke, we begin to recognize how hypnotized we are by the fear body. Recognizing our own neurosis is the beginning of freedom.
Tim Burkett, Nothing Holy About it, The Zen of Being Just Who You Are
Wait awhile, close your eyes, let your breathing stop three seconds or so, listen to the inside silence in the womb of the world, let your hands and nerve-ends drop, re-recognize the bliss you forgot, the emptiness and essence and ecstasy of ever having been and ever to be the golden eternity. This is the lesson you forgot.
Jack Kerouac, The Scripture of the Golden Eternity
Often I have not known where I was going until I was already there. I have had my share of desires and goals, but my life has come to me or I have gone to it mainly by way of mistakes and surprises. Often I have received better than I have deserved. Often my fairest hopes have rested on bad mistakes. I am an ignorant pilgrim, crossing a dark valley. And yet for a long time, looking back, I have been unable to shake off the feeling that I have been led — make of that what you will.
Wedndell Berry, Jayber Crow, A Novel
If we do our work with a focus on future results or only for those who are “deserving”, we are likely to start judging others and ourselves. Similarly, if we focus on ‘the way it should be’, we get frustrated when it does not turn out that way.
Staying in the present moment, holding things lightly and with generosity, changes things; it is joyful and promotes gratitude
The wild geese do not intend to cast their reflection;
The water has no mind to retain their image.
Zen poem from the Zenrin-kushū, a 15th Century compilation of Zen writings
If only we could have this understanding each new day…
in the world
is usual today.
the first morning
Izumi Shikibu, born 976, Japanese poet.
She is considered the greatest poet of the Heian period
Yoga is the settling of the mind into silence.
When the mind has settled, we are
established in our essential nature, which
is unbounded consciousness.
Our essential nature is usually overshadowed
by the activity of the mind.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.