Archives for category: Resistance

November 24, 2014 sunset 007

 

Water does not resist.

Water flows.

When you plunge your hand into it,

all you feel is a caress.

Water is not a solid wall,

it will not stop you.

But water always goes

where it wants to go,

and nothing in the end

can stand against it.

Water is patient.

Dripping water wears away a stone.

Remember that, my child.

Remember you are half water.

If you can’t go through an obstacle,

go around it.

Water does.

 

Margaret Atwood

 

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014

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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

 

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014

April 24, 2014 birds 047

Where beauty is, then there is ugliness;
where right is, also there is wrong.


Knowledge and ignorance are interdependent;
delusion and enlightenment condition each other.


Since olden times it has been so.
How could it be otherwise now?


Wanting to get rid of one and grab the other
is merely realizing a scene of stupidity.


Even if you speak of the wonder of it all,
how do you deal with each thing changing?

 


Ryokan

 

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014

April 10 Caladiums 034It is important to expect nothing;

to take every experience,

including the negative ones,

as merely steps on the path,

and to proceed.

 

Ram Dass/ Richard Alpert

 

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014

January 24 ice 027
Without accepting the fact
that everything changes,
we cannot find perfect composure.
But unfortunately,
although it is true,
it is difficult for us to accept it.
Because we cannot accept the truth of transience,
we suffer.
Shunryu Suzuki
Photo by Woodland Gnome 2014

Be Grateful

 

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning is a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor…
Welcome and entertain them all.
Treat each guest honorably.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.

Rumi

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It is as It Is

Everything is exactly as it is for a reason.
The crumb on your table is
no mystical reminder of this morning’s cookie,
it is there because you have
chosen not to remove it.

No exceptions.

Richard Bach

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Flow

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.
Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow.
Let reality be reality.
Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.

Lao Tzu

Photo by Woodland Gnome 2013