Archives for category: Transformation

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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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 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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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

 

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November 12, 2014 golden day 200

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The world, as we have created it,

is a process of our thinking.

It cannot be changed

without changing our thinking.

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Albert Einstein

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August 16, 2014 garden 018

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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july 25, 2014 beach 024

 

Life means giving and taking:

exchange, transformation.

It is breathing in and breathing out.

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It is not the taking possession of anything,

but a taking part in everything

that comes in touch with us.

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It is neither a state of possession

nor of being possessed,

neither a clinging to the objects of our experience

nor a state of indifference,

but the middle way,

the way of transformation.

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We are transformed by what we accept.

We transform what we have accepted

by assimilating it.

We are transformed by the act of giving,

and we contribute to

the transformation of others

by what we are giving.

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He who opposes this process of transformation

will die the slow death of rigidity …

 

Lama Anagarika Govinda

 

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july 25, 2014 beach 009

 

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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