take a break

December 20, 2011

Sometimes there is a hum or low rumble in our environment, like a refrigerator or heater unit. When it stops, there is a kind of open, spacious quality and a sense of relief. Meditation is like that. Basically we sit and think and think and think; then occasionally that noisy mind stops for a moment and we experience a kind of open, spacious quality and a sense of relief. We can’t manufacture it and we can’t hold onto it. In Shambhala we call it “suddenly free from fixed mind.”

~ David Nichtern

2 Responses to “take a break”


  1. I don’t know how you find these photos that so perfectly round out the words of your post, but it manages to add the ineffable dimension every time. Amazing.

  2. Scott Says:

    Thank you! I take all of these photos. This is a picture of my daughter from ten or eleven years ago when she was playing soccer. I love matching up my photos with favorite quotes. Sometimes they match themselves. 🙂

    I really appreciate your kind comments. Thank you.


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