The sun and the moon

Everybody has a little bit of the sun and moon in them…..We have a universe within ourselves that mimics the universe outside. None of us are just black or white, or never wrong and always right. No one. No one exists without polarities.

Everybody has good and bad forces working with them, against them, and within them.

Suzy Kassem, 1975 – American Poet, Rise Up and Salute the Sun


Whenever we are between here and there,

whenever one thing has ended and we are waiting for the next thing to begin,

whenever we’re tempted to distract ourselves or look for an escape route

we can instead let ourselves be open, curious, tentative, vulnerable

Pema Chodron


For Saint Patrick’s Day, an old Irish prayer, simple but profound in its wisdom on the mindful use of speech

A Íosa, Mhic Dé, a bhí ciúin os comhair Phioláit, ná lig dúinn ár dteanga a luascadh gan smaoineadh ar cad tá againn le rá agus conas é a rá.

O Jesus, Son of God,
who was silent before Pilate,
don’t let our tongues wag
without thinking about what we have to say
and how to say it.

Independent yet dependent

Tozan, a famous Zen master, said:

“The blue mountain is the father of the white cloud.  The white cloud is the son of the blue mountain.  All day long they depend on each other, without being dependent on each other.  The white cloud is always the white cloud.  The blue mountain is always the blue mountain.” 

This is a pure, clear interpretation of life.  There may be many things like the white cloud and the blue mountain: man and woman, teacher and disciple. …They are quite independent, but yet dependent.  This is how we live, and how we practice.

Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind