Suffering occurs when you believe in a thought that is at odds with what is, what was, or what may be. Experience this moment free of your mind’s interpretations of it. You are not your story. They are not your story about them. The world is not your story about the world. Suffering is how Life tells you that you are resisting or misperceiving what is real and true
The Chinese have a saying: We should try to live our life so that it’s big enough to contain all the paradoxes.
Earl G. Ingersoll, Breaking the Alabaster Jar: Conversations with Li-Young Lee
in midnight water,
no waves, no wind,
the empty boat
is flooded with moonlight
Dogen, 1200 – 1253, founder of the Sōtō school of Zen.
Do not pursue the past. Do not lose yourself in the future
The past no longer is. The future has not yet come.
Look deeply at life as it is.
In the very here and now the practitioner dwells in stability and freedom.
We must be diligent today. To wait until tomorrow is too late.
Death comes unexpectedly – How can we bargain with it
The sage calls the person who lives in mindfulness night and day “one who knows the better way to live”
The Buddha, Bhaddekaratta Sutta
Just like the trees growing in the mountains, sacredness is always there. It is part of existence. The consequence of losing our connection with this truth can sometimes by quite dangerous. And when we lose this understanding, we develop a mechanical relationship with the world, within as well as without. We develop a mechanical relationship with ourselves and also with the outer world, the world of nature, and with humanity as a whole.
Anam Thubten, Embracing Each Moment
To experience conflicts knowingly, though it may be distressing, can be an invaluable asset. The more we face our own conflicts and seek out our own solutions, the more inner freedom and strength we will gain. Only when we are willing to bear the brunt can we approximate the ideal of being the captain of our ship. A spurious tranquillity rooted in inner dullness is anything but enviable. It is bound to make us weak and an easy prey to any kind of influence.
Karen Horney, Our Inner Conflicts: A Constructive Theory of Neurosis