thanksgiving

November 23, 2017

It’s impossible to THANK and BLAME at the same time. They are two completely different frequencies, channels, vibrations. Living in gratitude is health. Living in blame is toxic.

One is a state of burning pride, discontent, heart-contraction; the other is a state of humble joy, warmth, heart-expansion. And when that expansion begins, it is like a spark in a basket of cotton. You catch fire very quickly. You hug distant stars, and sizzle your boundaries.

Your choice. The vibration you choose changes the world around you. I choose to live in the blessing of gratitude. The things I’m thankful for are not the blessings, just the occasions. Gratitude itself is the blessing. I hope you will bless the earth with your Thanksgiving.

~ Fred LaMotte

good and bad

October 26, 2017

Where there is beauty, there is ugliness.

When something is right, something else is wrong.

Knowledge and ignorance depend on each other.

It has been like this since the beginning.

How could it be otherwise now?

Wanting to toss out one and hold onto the other makes for a ridiculous comedy.

You must still deal with everything ever-changing, even when you say it’s wonderful.

~ Ryōkan

spectrum of love

August 29, 2017

We know that from time to time there arise among human beings people who seem to exude love as naturally as the sun gives out heat.

These people, usually of enormous creative power, are the envy of us all, and, by and large, man’s religions are attempts to cultivate that same power in ordinary people.

~ Alan Watts. The Spectrum of Love

this and that

August 26, 2017

The great way is not difficult
for those not attached to preferences.
When not attached to love or hate,
all is clear and undisguised.
Separate by the smallest amount, however,
and you are as far from it as heaven is from earth.
If you wish to know the truth,
then hold to no opinions for or against anything.
To set up what you like against what you dislike
is the disease of the mind.

~ Hsin-Hsin Ming

you are the seer

August 13, 2017

Egoism (selfhood) is the identification of the seer with the instrument of seeing.

The seer is really the Self, the pure one, the ever holy, the infinite, the immortal.

This is the Self of man. And what are the instruments?

The Chitta or mind-stuff, the Buddhi or determinative faculty, the Manas or mind, and the Indriyas or sense-organs.

These are the instruments for him to see the external world, and the identification of the Self with the instruments is what is called the ignorance of egoism.

We say, “I am the mind,” “I am thought,” “I am angry,” or “I am happy.”

Through ignorance, we identify ourselves with the mind-stuff, and think we feel pleasure or pain.

~ Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

now is the time

August 12, 2017

We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infintesimal hairline between an all-powerfully causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present.

Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience.

We are therefore out of touch with reality. We confuse the world as talked about, described, and measured with the world which actually is.

We are sick with a fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas.

~ Alan Watts

peace party

August 4, 2017

I threw a potluck for the gods.
Jesus brought wine.
Buddha brought an empty cup.
Krishna made sweet flute sounds.
What would Shiva bring?
The moon, a polished bowl
full of blackberries.
Their mother came too,
playing her vina, breaking
pomegranates and coconuts open.
Having nothing to offer
but my heart, I held space
for the party, where the path
of this breath ends in a pavilion
garlanded with scarlet blossoms.
If you can find the place,
you’re invited too.
What will you bring?

~ Fred Lamotte