Measuring time

Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie.

Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. Man alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.

Mitch Albom, The Time Keeper

How seductive, the thought of tomorrow

So we have to be patient with ourselves. Over and over again we think we need to be somewhere else, and we must find the truth right here, right now; we must find our joy here, now.

How seductive it is, the thought of tomorrow. We must find our understanding here.

We must find it here; it is always here; this is where the grass is green.

John Tarrant, Calling on the name of Avalokiteshvara

Past, present and future

The mind that tries to shape tomorrow beyond its capacities
will find no rest.

Be kind to yourself, dear – to your innocent follies.

Forget any sounds or any touch you knew that did not help you to dance.

You will come to see that all evolves us.

Rumi, found in Daniel Ladinsky, Love Poems From God

A portable home

Your true home is something you have to create for yourself.  When we know how to make peace with our body, take care of and release tension in our body, then our body becomes a comfortable peaceful home for us to come back to in the present moment.  When we know how to take care of our feelings, how to generate joy and happiness and handle a painful feeling, we can cultivate and restore a happy home in the present moment.  And when we know how to generate energies of understanding and compassion our home will become very cosy and a pleasant place to come back to.  Home is not something to hope for but something to cultivate.

Thich Nhat Hahn