Instead of asking ourselves, “How can I find security and happiness?” we could ask ourselves, “Can I touch the center of my pain? Can I sit with suffering, both yours and mine, without trying to make it go away? Can I stay present to the ache of loss or disgrace—disappointment in all its many forms—and let it open me?”

This is the trick.

~ Pema Chödrön

perfect sense

October 2, 2014

Some say my teaching is nonsense.

Others call it lofty but impractical.

But to those who have looked inside themselves,

this nonsense makes perfect sense.

And those who put it into practice

this loftiness has roots that go deep.

I have just three things to teach:

Simplicity, patience, compassion.

These three are your greatest treasures.

Simple in actions and in thoughts,

you return to the source of being.

Patient with both friends and enemies

You accord with the way things are,

Compassionate towards yourself,

you reconcile all beings in the world.

~ Lao Tzu

So the world doesn’t come thinged; it doesn’t come evented. You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean. The ocean waves, and the universe peoples. And as I wave and say to you ‘Yoo-hoo!’ the world is waving with me at you and saying ‘Hi! I’m here!’

But we are conscious of the way we feel and sense our existence. Being based on a myth that we are made, that we are parts, that we are things, our consciousness has been influenced, so that each one of us does not feel that.

We have been hypnotized, literally hypnotized by social convention into feeling and sensing that we exist only inside our skins. That we are not the original bang, just something out on the end of it. And therefore we are scared stiff. My wave is going to disappear, and I’m going to die! And that would be awful.

We have a mythology going now which is this – we are something that happens between the maternity ward and the crematorium. And that’s it. And therefore everybody feels unhappy and miserable.

~ Alan Watts

you are all of us

September 24, 2014

We all know very well that after we die other people are born…and they are all you. But, you can only experience them one at a time.

Everybody is I; you all know you are you, and wheresoever beings exist throughout all galaxies, it doesn’t make any difference, you are all of them.

And when they come into being, that’s you coming into being. You know that very well.

Only you don’t have to remember the past the same way you don’t have to think about how you work your thyroid gland.

~ Alan Watts

no separation

September 23, 2014

Belonging is not about attachment, nostalgia and possessiveness. It is the “longing to be” fully present with each person and experience in our life.

The way we can be fully present is by letting go of past preferences and future expectations and appreciating what is right here with us.

Ultimately, belonging is found in the simplicity of being where even ideas of us and other fall away.

~ Nithya Shanti

silent presence

September 19, 2014

Meditation has no set rules or structures.

It simply asks that we pay attention, that we make friends with being quiet, with sitting still, with doing nothing.

~ Ed & Deb Shapiro

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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

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