Being content

When you have no desire,  everything is sufficient.
But when always seeking, then a lot of things seem impoverished.

However, plain vegetables can soothe hunger.
A patched robe is enough to cover this bent old body.
Alone,  I hike with a deer. Cheerfully I sing with village children.
The stream beneath the cliff cleanses my ears.
The pine on the mountain top fills my heart.

Ryokan, 1758–1831

Set-backs

Sometimes we must undergo hardships, breakups, and narcissistic wounds, which shatter the flattering image that we had of ourselves, in order to discover two truths: that we are not who we thought we were; and that the loss of a cherished pleasure is not necessarily the loss of true happiness and well-being.

Jean-Yves Leloup, Compassion and Meditation