At home with the breath

My peace is there in the receding mist
when I may cease from treading these long shifting thresholds
and live the space of a door
that opens and shuts

Samuel Beckett at his most zen-like.

What we call “I” is just a swinging door, which moves when we inhale and when we exhale.

Suzuki Roshi, Zen Mind, Beginners Mind.

Thresholds

No threshold need be a threat, but rather an invitation and a promise. Whatever comes, the great sacrament of life will remain faithful to us, blessing us always with visible signs of invisible grace. We merely need to trust. 

John O’Donohue, To bless the space between us

Modern disorders

One day I would like to make up my own DSM with a list of “disorders” I have seen in my practice. For example, I would want to include the diagnosis “psychological modernism,” an uncritical acceptance of the values of the modern world. It includes blind faith in technology, inordinate attachment to material gadgets and conveniences, uncritical acceptance of the march of scientific progress, devotion to the electronic media, and a life-style dictated by advertising

Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul