underneath it all

November 3, 2018

The mystical experience is nothing other than becoming aware of your true physical relationship to the universe.

And, you are amazed, thunderstruck by the feeling that underneath everything that goes on in this world, the fundamental thing – is the state of unbelievable bliss.

~ Alan Watts

the breathing of eternity

October 26, 2018

Although the rhythm of the waves beats a kind of time, it is not clock or calendar time. It has no urgency. It happens to be timeless time. I know that I am listening to a rhythm which has been just the same for millions of years, and it takes me out of a world of relentlessly ticking clocks. Clocks for some reason or other always seem to be marching, and, as with armies, marching is never to anything but doom.

But in the motion of waves there is no marching rhythm. It harmonizes with our very breathing. It does not count our days. Its pulse is not in the stingy spirit of measuring, of marking out how much still remains. It is the breathing of eternity, like the God Brahma of Indian mythology inhaling and exhaling, manifesting and dissolving the worlds, forever.

As a mere conception this might sound appallingly monotonous, until you come to listen to the breaking and washing of waves.

~ Alan Watts

silence

October 13, 2018

In his 2002 commencement address at Dartmouth, Fred Rogers stopped his speech halfway through to let everyone spend a full minute in silence, with this invitation.

“I’d like to give you all an invisible gift. A gift of a silent minute to think about those who have helped you become who you are today. Some of them may be here right now. Some may be far away. Some may even be in Heaven. But wherever they are, if they’ve loved you, and encouraged you, and wanted what was best in life for you, they’re right inside your self. And I feel that you deserve quiet time, on this special occasion, to devote some thought to them. So, let’s just take a minute, in honor of those that have cared about us all along the way. One silent minute.”

let the present be all

September 3, 2018

There are, then, two ways of understanding an experience. The first is to compare it with the memories of other experiences, and so to name and define it. This is to interpret it in accordance with the dead and the past.

The second is to be aware of it as it is, as when, in the intensity of joy, we forget past and future, let the present be all, and thus do not even stop to think, “I am happy.”

~ Alan Wilson Watts, The Wisdom of Insecurity

the answer

July 31, 2018

Ultimately I must recognize that I am not looking for a verbal answer to all of my profound questions.

Just as when I ask for a kiss, I do not want a piece of paper with “A kiss” written on it.

It is rather that; with metaphysical wonder, I look for an experience, a vision, a revelation which will explain, without words, why there is the universe, and what it is.

– Alan Watts

big mind

June 20, 2018

When we practice zazen, it is not that big mind is actually controlling small mind, but simply that when small mind becomes calm, big mind starts it true activity. Most of the time in our everyday life, we are involved in the activity of small mind. That is why we should practice zazen and be completely involved in resuming big mind.

– Shunryu Suzuki, Not Always So

small mind

June 19, 2018

The greatest crime is
The overlooking of
Who you really are
In favor of
The story of
Who you think you are.

This preoccupation with
Your personal drama is
The cloud that masks The sun.

~ Wu Hsin