Simple routine

It’s a holiday Monday here…easier to start the week with gentle routines

The search is the meaning, the search for beauty, love, kindness and restoration in this difficult, wired and often alien modern world. The miracle is that we are here, that no matter how undone we’ve been the night before, we wake up every morning and are still here. It is phenomenal just to be. This idea overwhelms some people. I have found that the wonder of life is often most easily recognizable through habits and routines – If you don’t do ritual things in order, the paper doesn’t read as well, and you’ll be thrown off the whole day. But when you can sit for a while at your table, reach for your coffee, look out the window at the sky or some branches, then back down at the paper or a book, everything feels right for the moment, which is maybe all we have.

Anne Lamott

Seeking and finding

When someone is seeking, said Siddartha, It happens quite easily that he only sees the thing that he is seeking; that he is unable to find anything, unable to absorb anything, because he is only thinking of the thing he is seeking, because he has a goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. 

Seeking means: to have a goal;

but finding means: to be free, to be receptive, to have no goal.

You are perhaps indeed a seeker, for in striving towards your goal, you do not see many things that are under your nose.

Herman Hesse, Siddhartha

Making choices

 

We seem to get daily reminders as to how our current society  – and those who have positions of responsibility in it – seems to have lost its connection to any inner sense of values.

It is no measure of health

to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Complaining

Complaining is one of the ego’s favorite strategies for strengthening itself….

The ego loves to complain and feel resentful not only about other people but also about situations.

What you can do to a person, you can also do to a situation: make it into an enemy.

The implication is always: this should not be happening;

I don’t want to be here; I don’t want to be doing this; I’m being treated unfairly.

And the ego’s greatest enemy of all is, of course, the present moment, which is to say, life itself

Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth