Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Suzuki, in Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, gives a wonderful metaphor for life, birth, and death – a waterfall. If you think of a river flowing downstream, it is all one river. When the river reaches the edge of a waterfall, it breaks up into billions of drops of water. The individual life is like one of those drops of water. Our friends and family are those drops of water around us, that fall with us. We see ourselves as separate, individual. Then, at the bottom of the waterfall, we become the river again.
Life happens between the top and the bottom of the waterfall. Birth is that moment we become separate, the span of a life is the time we fall as individual drops of water, death is the moment we merge back together. Unity before birth, separation during life, unity again at death.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
you have accomplished a great deal more
than the man who knows how to compose a book…
You have done more than the man
who has taken cities and empires.
A life can be composed, can be intentional. Freedom or liberty implies an inner power to change thought patterns, leading to new words and actions, leading to new life at large. We dynamically walk the path of our life purpose – that means that we change and adjust as we walk along the way. Here are several steps that enhance intentional free living:
• Create an ideal vision of the way your life can be.
• Write and repeat affirmations (a firm, “to make firm”), prayers, or mantras that support you in getting to that ideal vision.
• Make plans to support the steps of realizing each one of these affirmations.
• Externalize/realize. Turn plans into actions (either internal or external).
• Keep observing, re-evaluating where you are. Make adjustments based on feedback from circumstances -- so that your inner power works to change and improve circumstances.**
Circumstances are given to us from the beginning of life; but, at every point we are also changing those circumstances.
* Quoted in The Practical Cogitator: The Thinker’s Anthology. Selected and edited by Charles Curtis, Jr. and Ferris Greenslet.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
To know the whole, we begin with fragments and end with a leap of faith to the oneness of all things. Our true work is to realize wholeness within the fragments of our own life. The whole is not a thing – just as the Self is not a thing. Realizing this, we realize all that is. In fact, we become whole; in becoming whole we realize the great human virtue of integrity.
Image: Three Spheres II, by M. C. Esher (lithography, 1946). First suggested to me from page 258 of Douglas Hofstadter’s Gödel, Escher, Bach.
* Wholeness and the Implicate Order by David Bohm.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
... a universe comes into being when a space is severed or taken apart. The skin of a living organism cuts off an outside from an inside....
At this stage the universe cannot be distinguished from how we act upon it, and the world may seem like shifting sand beneath our feet.
* Laws of Form.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
We could struggle to go faster or slower;
toward the Sea of Being,
toward the oneness-of-all-things.
The Way is easy that goes
along the river's current.
Resistance adds pain
beyond the required suffering.
Surrender to the flow,
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 09, 2010
With wisdom there is more time for stillness and less time for needless thinking, chatter, and activity. Power and possessions mean nothing; and, usually bring more distress than we can imagine. Love may get us through the night; but, Wisdom gets us through the day.
Saturday, May 08, 2010
* Tao Te Ching, chapter 20.
Friday, May 07, 2010
* I've heard this attributed to the Jerry Jampolsky's Attitudinal Healing center.
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Two Birds with fair wings, knit with bonds of friendship,
in the same sheltering tree have found a refuge.
One of the twain eats the sweet Fig tree’s fruitage;
the other eating not, regardeth only.
The Rig Veda
 Book I, Hymn CLXIV, Verse 20 from Sacred Writings, Hinduism: The Rig Veda. Translated by Ralph T. H. Griffith. Book-of-the-Month Club,