When I experience difficult mind states that I cannot control, I know their source is in my own mind and that nothing happens externally. Even when a clearly external event has triggered the response of fear or sadness that has manifested as anger, it is essentially the grid of the mind that has shaped that response. Knowing that negativity or aversion is a transient energy never means to ignore it. It means to see it clearly, always, and work with it wisely.
We bundle up but trees go naked in winter.
Diane Ackerman, American poet and essayist
The best way to conduct oneself may be observed in the behaviour of water
Tao Te Chng VIII, 20
There is one day left,
always starting over.
It is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk
The tree on the mountain height is its own enemy.
The grease that feeds the light devours itself.
The cinnamon tree is edible: so it is cut down! The lacquer tree is profitable: they maim it.
Every man knows how useful it is to be useful.
No one seems to know How useful it is to be useless.
Thomas Merton, The Way of Chuang Tzu
People wish to be settled;
only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson