This shell is not of my own making
Borrowing it from heaven and earth
I live out each and every day
Eichi Enomoto, 1903 – 1998, Hermit crab
One’s life is a combination of what one borrows and what one is gifted with. Without borrowing all the strength from heaven and earth, one cannot truly live, even for a minute
Shunda Aoyama, Zen Seeds
Once a day, take a moment to remember your real life’s work and differentiate it from the games you play in order to achieve it.
Then, commit to playing wholeheartedly.
If you surrender to the wind,
you can ride it
Toni Morison, American Novelist, 1931 – 2019
Very cold mornings here, with frost on the grass and ice on the roads, making walking and driving quite treacherous.
The courage to hear and embody opens us to a startling secret, that the best chance to be whole is to love whatever gets in the way, until it ceases to be an obstacle.
Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening
Life is going to unfold however it does: pleasant or unpleasant, disappointing or thrilling, expected or unexpected, all of the above! What a relief it would be to know that whatever wave comes along, we can ride it out with grace. What Right Aspiration translates to in terms of daily action is the resolve to behave in a way that stretches the limits of conditioned response. Every situation is an opportunity to practice.
We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life