Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death.
But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.
“Socrates” in Dan Millman, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior.
(A huge thanks to Ted Szi for letting me know the correct origin of this quote)
When we walk on the earth with reverence,
beauty will decide to trust us
The rushed heart and arrogant mind
lack the gentleness and patience to enter that embrace.
John O’Donohue, Beauty: The Invisible embrace
If we look at the world with a love of life,
the world will reveal its beauty to us.
Daisaku Ikeda, born 1928, Japanese Buddhist philosopher, educator and author.
Is it possible for the rose to say, “I will give my fragrance to the good people who smell me, but I will withhold it from the bad”? Or is it possible for the lamp to say, “I will give my light to the good people in this room, but I will withhold it from the evil people”? Or can a tree say, “I’ll give my shade to the good people who rest under me, but I will withhold it from the bad”?
These are images of what love is about
Anthony de Mello, sj., Awareness
Our suffering survives because we enable and feed it. We ruminate on suffering, regret, and sorrow. We chew on them, swallow them, bring them back up, and eat them again and again. If we’re feeding our suffering while we’re walking, working, eating, or talking, we are making ourselves victims of the ghosts of the past, of the future, or our worries in the present.
We’re not living our lives.
Thich Nhat Hahn
No one imagines that a symphony is supposed to improve as it goes along, or that the whole object of playing is to reach the finale. The point of music is discovered in every moment of playing and listening to it. It is the same, I feel, with the greater part of our lives, and if we are unduly absorbed in improving them we may forget altogether to live them.
Alan Watts, This is it