It’s your expectations of your own mind that are creating your hell. “I expected you to be…”

When you get frustrated because something isn’t the way you thought, examine your thinking, not just the thing that frustrates you.

You will see that a lot of your suffering is created by your models about how the Universe ought to be, and your inability to allow it to be as it is.

If I meet somebody that is a liar and a cheat, they are like an elm tree. They are the essence of lying and cheating. If I have a model in which people shouldn’t lie and cheat, then I am immediately in opposition to that person.

But, I don’t have to play games with them. I may say “In the future, you and I can’t play together, because you are a liar and a cheat and I can’t play with you”.

But, at least I can appreciate and allow them their lyingness and cheatingness. That’s their problem, not mine. My problem was my expectations.

If you have a model that everybody is good and then somebody isn’t, then you end up hating the world and being all upset about the world because it isn’t the way you expected it to be.

~ Ram Dass

the hoax

September 15, 2014

Our normal sensation of self is a hoax, or, at best, a temporary role that we are playing, or have been conned into playing — with our own tacit consent, just as every hypnotized person is basically willing to be hypnotized.

The most strongly enforced of all known taboos is the taboo against knowing who or what you really are behind the mask of your apparently separate, independent, and isolated ego.

~ Alan Watts

divine migraine

July 12, 2014

Sight (and all other sense doors) discerns the relative – that which vibrates and moves.

Insight discerns the absolute – the silent background – all that does not vibrate or move.

Together they balance the mind and complete the picture of reality where samsara is nirvana rightly understood and nirvana is samsara fully penetrated.

~ Nithya Shanti

all of this

June 24, 2014

The roots of all living things are tied together. Deep in the ground of being, they tangle and embrace.

If we look deeply, we find that we do not have a separate self-identity, a self that does not include sun and wind, earth and water, creatures and plants, and one another.

~ Roshi Joan Halifax

day one

June 23, 2014

Be the shimmering vibration of compassion you are

Unlike the solid object of decision you claim to be

Nothing is solid

Nothing is either/or

You are merely ‘all of this’ hurling through space

Lucky to be a witness

Grateful to experience love

Blessed to see this

~ Scott Kinnaird

interconnectedness

June 7, 2014

When we see how much of our behavior is a defense mechanism to alleviate the pain of separateness, we begin to realize the importance of healthy intuitive and compassionate hearts.

~ Ram Dass

sacrifice

June 2, 2014

Everyone’s talking about the sacrifices they’re making in life.

Let me tell you about the type of sacrifice I’ve chosen for myself:

I’m going to break the chains of injustice,
I’m going to untie the ropes of the burdens on people,
I’m going to seek freedom for the mistreated and the oppressed.

Ever heard of a yoke they put across the necks of animals back in the old days,
so they could pull plows and heavy loads?
I’m going to break every single human yoke I find in this world.
I mean, what else are we supposed to do?

Shouldn’t you share your bread with the hungry?
And, help poor people get out of the cold and rain?
When you see someone with worn out clothes,
shouldn’t you help them get some new clothes?
We’re all just variations of each other.
Why are you hiding from members of your own family?

~ Isaiah 58: 6-7

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