Archives for posts with tag: Practice

November 12, 2014 golden day 125


The two hardest tests

on the spiritual road

are the patience

to wait for the right moment

and the courage

not to be disappointed

with what we encounter.

Paulo Coelho


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One Word Photo Challenge:  Angular


November 15, 2014 garden 009


Those who make compassion

an essential part of their lives

find the joy of life.

Kindness deepens the spirit

and produces rewards

that cannot be completely explained in words.

It is an experience more powerful than words.

To become acquainted with kindness

one must be prepared to learn new things

and feel new feelings.

Kindness is more

than a philosophy of the mind.

It is a philosophy of the spirit.


Robert J. Furey


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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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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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June 20 Between 054People 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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June 15, 2014 Father's Day 008
The teacher, or the spiritual friend,
enters your system much as medicine
is injected into your veins.
According to the tradition,
this is known as planting the heart of enlightenment
in your heart.
It is transplanting the full moon
into your heart. ..
….By the way,
once that moon has entered your heart,
it cannot be a waning moon.
It never wanes.
It is always waxing.
Chogyam Trungpa
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June 15, 2014 Father's Day 036

Nothing in the world

can take the place of persistence.

Talent will not;

nothing is more common

than the unsuccessful man with talent.

Genius will not;

un-rewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education will not —

the world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination are omnipotent.


Calvin Coolidge

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June 3, 2014 Parkway 043

You cannot travel the path

until you have become the path itself.


Siddhartha Gautama


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April 19, 2014 wisteria 124


“Music does not depend

on being right,

on having good taste

and education and all that.”


“Indeed. Then what does it depend on?”


“On making music, Herr Haller,

on making music as well

and as much as possible

and with all the intensity

of which one is capable.”


Hermann Hesse


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April 9 2014 buds 056


The very purpose of religion

is to control yourself,

not to criticize others.

Rather, we must criticize ourselves.

How much am I doing about my anger?

About my attachment,

about my hatred,

about my pride,

my jealousy?

These are the things

which we must check in daily life.


H. H. Tenzin Gyatso


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