Archives for category: Serenity

December 5, 2014 ornaments 004

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Allow the heart to empty itself of all turmoil!

Retrieve the utter tranquility of the mind

from which you issued.

Although all forms are dynamic,

and we all grow and transform,

each of us is compelled

to return to our root.

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Our root is quietude.

 
Lao Tzu

 

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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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July 19, 2014 Container 039
You can be still
and still moving.
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Content
even in your discontent.
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Ram Dass/ Richard Alpert
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June 30, 2014 002

 

I am inviting you to go deeper,

to learn and to practice

so that you become someone

who has a great capacity

for being solid, calm, and without fear,

because our society needs people like you

who have these qualities,

and your children, our children,

need people like you,

in order to go on,

in order to become solid,

and calm, and without fear.

 
Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

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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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