Archives for category: The Tao

December  11, 2014 cold 085.

OM is not an immaterial abstraction

which transcends the world

of matter and earthly existence;

it is the world we live in

but do not see.

It is here- now,

I-Thou,

and “the reality that flows.”

 

William Braden

 

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November 28, 2014 thanksgiving 100.

 

The mountain is the mountain

And the Way is the same as of old.

Verily what is changed is my own heart.

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-Anonymous

 

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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 28, 2014 thanksgiving 097

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Fret not where the road will take you.

Instead, concentrate on the first step.

That’s the hardest part

and that’s what you are responsible for.

Once you take that step

let everything do

what it naturally does

and the rest will follow.

Do not go with the flow.

Be the flow.

 

Elif Shafak

 

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In response to The Daily Post’s WPC: “Converge.”

November 28, 2014 thanksgiving 118

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Patience does not mean

to passively endure.

It means to be farsighted enough

to trust the end result of a process.

What does patience mean?

It means to look at the thorn

and see the rose,

to look at the night

and see the dawn.

Impatience means

to be so shortsighted

as to not be able to see the outcome.

The lovers of God

never run out of patience,

for they know that time is needed

for the crescent moon to become full.

Elif Shafak

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Patience is power.
Patience is not an absence of action;
rather it is “timing”
it waits on the right time to act,
for the right principles
and in the right way.
Fulton J. Sheen

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The lotus is the most beautiful flower,

whose petals open one by one.

But it will only grow in the mud.

In order to grow and gain wisdom,

first you must have the mud —

– the obstacles of life and its suffering. …

The mud speaks of the common ground

that humans share, no matter what

our stations in life. …

Whether we have it all

or we have nothing,

we are all faced with the same obstacles:

sadness, loss, illness, dying and death.

 

If we are to strive as human beings

to gain more wisdom,

more kindness and more compassion,

we must have the intention

to grow as a lotus

and open each petal one by one.

 
Goldie Hawn

 

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The earth is trying to teach humans

that everything is spirit…

Being human is an opportunity

to bring spirit into all that is material…

The quality and intensity

of resonance

emanated from a given point

is thus attracted back.

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When one brings spirit

into the human realm,

it can spiritualize matter.

Matter can then become lighter,

(indeed liberated),

not as dense as before.

 

Kuan Yin

 

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July 20, 2014 butterflies 051

 

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world,

the master calls a butterfly.

 
Richard Bach

 

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July 14, 2014 Jamestown Island 048

Only the perfect man

can transcend the limits of the human

and yet not withdraw from the world,

live in accord with mankind

and yet suffer no injury himself.

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Of the worlds teaching he learns nothing.

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He has that within

which makes him independent of others.

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If the eye is unobstructed,

the result is sight.

If the ear is unobstructed,

the result is hearing.

If the nose is unobstructed,

the result is smell.

If the mouth is unobstructed,

the result is taste.

If the mind is unobstructed,

the result is wisdom.

Chuang Tzu

 

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