Archives for the month of: May, 2014

May 27. 2014 Herons 039

 

Treasure silence when you find it,

and while being mindful of your duties,

set time aside,

to be alone with yourself.
Cast off pretense and self-deception

and see yourself as you really are.

 

Dhammavadaka

 

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May 27. 2014 Herons 066

Take small account of might,

wealth and fame,

for they soon pass and are forgotten.

 

Instead, nurture love within you

and strive to be a friend to all.

Truly, compassion is a balm for many wounds.

 

Dhammavadaka

 

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May 24 2014 vines 063

Remember always

that you are just a visitor here,

a traveler passing through.

 

Your stay is but short

and the moment of your departure

unknown.

 

Dhammavadaka

 

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May 27. 2014 Herons 061

You, no less than all beings

have Buddha Nature within.

Your essential Mind is pure.

 

Therefore, when defilements cause you to stumble and fall,

let not remorse nor dark foreboding cast you down.

Be of good cheer

and with this understanding,

summon strength and walk on.

 

Dhammavadaka

 

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May 24 2014 vines 006

 

Do not pursue the past.
Do not lose yourself in the future.
The past no longer is.
The future has not yet come.
Looking deeply at life as it is.
In the very here and now,

the practitioner dwells in stability and freedom.
We must be diligent today.
To wait until tomorrow is too late.
Death comes unexpectedly.
How can we bargain with it?
The sage calls a person who knows

how to dwell in mindfulness night and day,
‘one who knows the better way to live alone.’

 
Bhaddekaratta Sutta

 

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May 23, 2014 Mountain Laurel 034
Knowing our personal mission
further enhances the flow of mysterious coincidences
as we are guided toward our destinies.
First we have a question,
then dreams, daydreams, and intuitions
lead us toward the answers,
which usually are synchronistically provided
by the wisdom of another human being.

James Redfield

 

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May 23, 2014 Mountain Laurel 030

 

The world is not imperfect

or slowly evolving along a path to perfection.

No, it is perfect at every moment,

every sin already carries grace in it.

 

Hermann Hesse

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May 14, 2014 roses 001

 

So the thing to do when working on a motorcycle,

as in any other task,

is to cultivate the peace of mind

which does not separate one’s self

from one’s surroundings.

 

When that is done successfully,

then everything else follows naturally.

 

Peace of mind produces right values,

right values produce right thoughts.

Right thoughts produce right actions

and right actions produce work

which will be a material reflection for others

to see of the serenity at the center of it all.

 

Robert Pirsig

 

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May 10, 2014 first roses of summer 006

You know quite well,

deep within you,

that there is only a single magic,

a single power, a single salvation…

and that is called loving.

 

Well, then, love your suffering.

 

Do not resist it,

do not flee from it.

It is your aversion that hurts,

nothing else.

 

Herman Hesse

 

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May 10, 2014 first roses of summer 015

Mindfulness is the aware,

balanced acceptance of the present experience.
It isn’t more complicated that that.
It is opening to or receiving the present moment,

pleasant or unpleasant,

just as it is,
without either clinging to it or rejecting it.

 
Sylvia Boorstein

 

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