Once or twice a year the abbot at the San Francisco Zen Center, Tenshin Reb Anderson, comes to speak with the hospice volunteers.
One night he gave a talk that included the best advice I’ve ever heard on caregiving.
He said simply, “Stay close and do nothing.”
That’s how we try to practice at Zen Hospice Project.
We stay close and do nothing. We sit still and listen to the stories.
May we all grow in grace and peace,
and not neglect the silence that is printed in the center of our being.
It will not fail us.
Thomas Merton, Letters
This morning, thousands rose early to catch the birdsong at dawn in an annual celebration entitled “Dawn Chorus Day” which went out live on radio from locations all over the world
A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer,
it sings because it has a song.
This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love:
The more they give, the more they possess.
Rainer Maria Rilke
The self is relatedness. Only when the self mirrors itself in so many mirrors does it really exist. . . You can never come to your self by building a meditation hut on top of Mount Everest; you will only be visited by your own ghosts and that is not individuation. . . .
The self only exists inasmuch as you appear.
Not that you are, but that you do the self.
The self appears in your deeds and deeds always mean relationship.
Jung, Seminar on Nietzsche’s Zarathustra,
Do not think that love has to be extraordinary in order to be genuine.
What we need is to love without getting tired.
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.