October 17, 2013
You cannot experience your own absence. Who would experience it?
This is why, for you, there is no death.
All that can dissolve is that-which-is-not-really-you. Like taking off old clothes that you’ve outgrown…
Death remains the most profound and restful mystery for the weary traveller of time and space.
The wave relaxes back into the ocean it never left…
~ Jeff Foster
October 13, 2013
Sadly, each hard fought stepping stone toward an enlightened society includes an equally progressive tax on our individual labor. And, my notions of fairness and utility of that tax means nothing to the collective.
Therefore, we’re forced to trust our betters to decide on our behalf. Historically, contrary to their assurances, my betters tend to their interests, not mine. So, I eventually find myself with my fellow citizens enjoying neither freedom nor security, while clawing out a living within an unsustainable empire.
Eventually, revolution ensues over lack of bread, or gasoline, or cell coverage, or something we can’t yet imagine. Then government structures reform, leaders arise, and elites continue to buy and sell us like so many sow-bellies. Rinse and repeat.
~ Scott Kinnaird
“Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s” (Ἀπόδοτε οὖν τὰ Καίσαρος Καίσαρι καὶ τὰ τοῦ
Θεοῦ τῷ Θεῷ. ~ Matthew 22:21
October 5, 2013
October 1, 2013
You polish words in rue-scented libraries,
and I live in bamboo-leaf gardens, a recluse
wandering every day the same winding path
home to rest in quiet, no noise anywhere.
A bird soaring the heights can choose a tree,
but the hedge soon tangles impetuous goats.
Today, things seen becoming thoughts felt:
this is where you start forgetting the words.
September 28, 2013
September 26, 2013
Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive and present with those around you and with what you are doing. We bring our body and mind into harmony while we wash the dishes, drive the car or take our morning cup of tea.
~ Thích Nhất Hạnh
September 16, 2013
It has been said that the highest wisdom lies in detachment, or, in the words of Chung-Tzu, ‘The perfect man employs his mind as a mirror; it grasps nothing; it refuses nothing; it receives, but does not keep.’
Detachment means to have neither regrets for the past nor fears for the future; to let life take its course without attempting to interfere with its movement and change, neither trying to prolong the stay of something pleasant nor to hasten the departure of things unpleasant.
To do this is to move in time with life, to be in perfect accord with its changing music, and this is called Enlightenment. In short, it is to be detached from both the past and future and to live in the eternal Now.
For in truth neither past nor future have any existence apart from this Now; by themselves they are illusions. Life exists only at this very moment, and in this moment it is infinite and eternal. For the present moment is infinitely small; before we can measure it, it has gone, and yet it persists for ever.
~ Alan Watts