Archives for category: Appreciation

February 1, 2015 moss garden 007

 

 

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe,

a part limited in time and space.

He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling

as something separated from the rest,

a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.

 

This delusion is a kind of prison for us,

restricting us to our personal desires

and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.

Our task must be to free ourselves

from this prison

by widening our circle of compassion

to embrace all living creatures

and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Albert Einstein

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December 3, 2014 CW wreathes 031

 

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Excellence is the result

of Caring more than others think is Wise,

Risking more than others think is Safe,

Dreaming more than others think is Practical,

and Expecting more than others think is Possible.

 

Ronnie Oldham

 

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November 22, 2014 frost 045

Do not spoil what you have

by desiring what you have not;

remember that what you now have

was once among the things

you only hoped for.

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Epicurus

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November 22, 2014 frost 053

Lord, thou knowest better than myself

that I am growing older and will soon be old.

Keep me from becoming too talkative,

and especially from the unfortunate habit

of thinking that I must say something

on every subject and at every opportunity.

Release me from the idea

that I must straighten out other peoples’ affairs.

With my immense treasure of experience and wisdom,

it seems a pity not to let everybody partake of it.

But thou knowest, Lord,

that in the end I will need a few friends.

Keep me from the recital of endless details;

give me wings to get to the point.

Grant me the patience

to listen to the complaints of others;

help me to endure them with charity.

But seal my lips on my own aches and pains —

they increase with the increasing years

and my inclination to recount them is also increasing.

I will not ask thee for improved memory,

only for a little more humility

and less self-assurance

when my own memory doesn’t agree with that of others.

Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be wrong.

Keep me reasonably gentle.

I do not have the ambition to become a saint –

– it is so hard to live with some of them –

– but a harsh old person is one of the devil’s masterpieces.

Make me sympathetic without being sentimental,

helpful but not bossy.

Let me discover merits where I had not expected them,

and talents in people whom I had not thought to possess any.

And, Lord, give me the grace to tell them so.

Amen
Margot Benary-Isbert

 

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November 12, 2014 golden day 024

Letting go gives us freedom,

and freedom is the only condition for happiness.

If, in our heart, we still cling to anything –

anger, anxiety, or possessions –

we cannot be free.
Thích Nhất Hạnh

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In Rememberance for Tich Nhat Hanh,

who continues to recover in hospital.

November 11, 1926-

October 19, 2014 fall color 095

 

Stop acting so small.

You are the universe in ecstatic motion.
Jalal ad-Din Rumi

 

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October 19, 2014 fall color 010

 

A man who is averse from harming even the wind

knows the sorrow of all things living. . . .

He who knows what is bad for himself

knows what is bad for others,

and he who knows what is bad for others

knows what is bad for himself.

This reciprocity should always be borne in mind.

Those whose minds are at peace

and who are free from passions

do not desire to live [at the expense of others]. . . .

He who understands

the nature of sin against wind

is called a true sage who understands karma.

 

Acaranga-sutra

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September 5, 2014 phragmites 076

 

Water which is too pure

has no fish.

 
Ts’ai Ken T’an

 

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The infinite

is in the finite

of every instant

 

Zen Proverb

 

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August 9, 2014 hummingbird moth 078

 

The most important aspect of love

is not in giving or the receiving:

it’s in the being.

When I need love from others,

or need to give love to others,

I’m caught in an unstable situation.

Being in love,

rather than giving or taking love,

is the only thing that provides stability.

Being in love

means seeing the Beloved all around me.

 

 

Ram Dass/ Richard Alpert

 

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