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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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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 18, 2014 moss 003

Faith dispels doubt and hesitation,

it liberates you from suffering

and delivers you

to the city of peace and happiness.

 

H. H. Tenzin Gyatso

 

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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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November 12, 2014 golden day 084

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“People usually consider walking on water

or in thin air a miracle.

But I think the real miracle

is not to walk either on water or in thin air,

but to walk on earth.

Every day we are engaged in a miracle

which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds,

green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child –

– our own two eyes.

All is a miracle.”

 

 

       Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

 

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“The source of love is deep in us

and we can help others realize a lot of happiness.

One word, one action,

one thought

can reduce another person’s suffering

and bring that person joy.”

 

        Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

 

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“Because you are alive, everything is possible.”

 

       Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

 

 

 

 

In remembrance of Zen teacher, poet,

writer, and peace activist

Thich Nhat Hanh,

who is in hospital.

Updated information

 

November 11, 1926–

 

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August 19, 2014 lavender 017

If you know the psychological nature

of your own mind,

depression is spontaneously dispelled;
instead of being enemies and strangers,

all living beings become your friends.
The narrow mind rejects;

wisdom accepts.
Check your own mind to see whether or not this is true.

 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche

 

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July 29, 2014 garden 030

 

It is the deadly sameness of machine-made things

and of a life governed by technology

which perverts the mind and kills the spirit.

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Infinite variety is the hallmark of the creative genius;

sameness the hallmark of mediocrity and decadence.

The symbol of the machine is the wheel.

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The machine-wheel is the symbol of Samsara,

of ever-recurring birth and death,

of the inescapable law of existence. ..

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But there is another wheel, an invisible one,

which does not revolve

but which radiates and pervades every form of life.

It is the Dharma-Cakra

and he who realizes it,

realizes his universality and the infinite relationship

of all things and forms of appearance,

without denying their relative existence and value.

 

Lama Anagarika Govinda

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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 20, 2014 butterflies 018

It is important to expect nothing,

to take every experience,

including the negative ones,

as merely steps on the path,

and to proceed.

 

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Ram Dass/ /Richard Alpert

 

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