Back to work after the long Easter weekend:
The way to attain balance:
Who dares to equal the person
who falls into neither being nor non-being!
Everyone wishes to step out of
the current of ordinary life,
But this person, after all, comes back
To sit among the coals and the ashes.
Dongshan Liangjie, Chinese Chan (Zen) teacher (806-869), Verses on the Five Ranks
Everyone must come out of his Exile in his own way
That the silent presence of your death
Would call your life to attention,
Wake you up to how scarce your time is
And to the urgency to become free
And equal to the call of your destiny.
That you would gather yourself
And decide carefully
How you can live
The life you would love
To look back on
From your deathbed.
John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings
Meditation doesn’t change life. Life remains as fragile and unpredictable as ever. Meditation changes the heart’s capacity to accept life as it is. It teaches the heart to be more accommodating, not by beating it into submission, but by making it clear that accommodation is a gratifying choice.
Sylvia Boorstein, Don’t Just do something, Sit There
He said not “Thou shalt not be troubled, thou shalt not be travailed, thou shalt not be distressed,” but he said, “Thou shalt not be overcome.”
Julian of Norwich
All conditioned phenomena are like a dream, an illusion, a bubble, a shadow,
Like dew or a flash of lightning; This is how you should observe and reflect.
The Diamond Sutra
To understand nothing takes time.
Interestingly, we belong to life as much through our sense that it is all impossible, as we do through the sense that we will accomplish everything we have set out to do. This sense of belonging and not belonging is lived out by most people through three principal dynamics: first, through relationship to other people and other living things; second, through work; and third, through an understanding of what it means to be themselves, discrete individuals alive and seemingly separate from everyone and everything else.
David Whyte, The Three Marriages