Adult questions

A Zen saying helps us – “This being the case, how shall I proceed?”

That is so much more an adult question than “This being the case, who is at fault?” or “why is this happening to me?”

David Richo, The Five Things we Cannot Change

Always in transformation

Most of us believe that we will spend seventy, eighty, ninety or one hundred years on this planet and then we’ll be gone. But when we look deeply, we see this is a wrong perception.

Your lifespan is not limited to seventy, eighty, ninety or one hundred years and that is good news. Your body is not your self; you are much more than this body. You are life without boundaries.

We are not limited to our physical body, even when we are alive. We inter-are with our ancestors, our descendants, and the whole of the cosmos. We do not have a separate self. We are interconnected with all of life, and we, and everything, are always in transformation

Thich Nhat Hahn, How to live when a Loved One Dies

Smile

Why they always look so serious in Yoga? You make serious face like this, you scare away good energy. To meditate, only you must smile. Smile with face, smile with mind, and good energy will come to you and clean away dirty energy. Even smile in your liver. Practice tonight at hotel. Not to hurry, not to try too hard. Too serious, you make you sick. You can calling the good energy with a smile.

Ketut Liyer, Balinese healer in Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

A flexible identity

In the most ordinary terms, egolessness is a flexible identity.

It manifests as inquisitiveness, as adaptability, as humor, as playfulness. It is our capacity to relax with not knowing, not figuring everything out, with not being at all sure who we are, or who anyone else is, either.


Pema Chodron