No end in nature

Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth,

that around every circle another can be drawn;

that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning;

that there is always another dawn risen on mid-noon,

and under every deep a lower deep opens. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Circles

Gates

When we wake up in the morning, right away we turn on the computer and check our email or read the news on our phone… We live in a world of constant information, available any time and anywhere. But in such a world, we have all the more reason to maintain proper on and off switches.

This is why distinctions are so important. Try erecting gates in your mind

For example, the threshold of your home constitutes the first gate. When you leave home and cross this first gate, thoughts of work of work start to form in your head. The door of your car or the train is the second gate; once you cross it you start planning out your work day. And finally, when you arrive at your office and cross the third gate, you are ready to focus on your work

When the work day is over and you arrive back at the first gate, it’s important to leave work behind. 

Shunmyo Masuno, Zen The Art of Simple Living

Contain all colours

[There is] a phrase in the Book of Equanimity: “A woven brocade contains all colors”

Birth, old age, illness and death, as well as happiness and misfortune, gain and loss, love and hate – all of these are important tools for weaving the brocade of human life. A brocade cannot be woven with the single color of happiness. Given time, place and occasion, everything “contains all colors”. It is in this way that the Pure Land, the Other Shore, is made manifest.

Shundo Aoyama, Zen Seeds

Relating to challenges

Unless we live all our lives in the torment of the contradictions, as C.G. Jung insists, then we’re not human. We can’t become whole. If you’re stuck, and you don’t know what to do, stuck between two opposites, and you allow them each to live within you, then a small transformation of the ego takes place. It becomes related to the Self instead of identifying with it. 

Helen Luke, 1904 – 1995, Jungian Analyst and writer