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Freedom

September 26, 2017

What is freedom?

It is the moment-by-moment

experience

of not being run

by one’s own

reactive mechanisms.

~Ken McLeod

(1948 to pres., Tibetan translator)

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Let Everything Happen

September 25, 2017

Let everything happen to you:

beauty and terror.

Just keep going.

No feeling is final.

~Rainer Maria Rilke

(1875-1926, Austrian Poet)

 

Living Energy

September 24, 2017

If you break open a seed,

there is no tree inside,

there is only spirit;

living energy

in the form of potential.

~Don Mateo Sol

(Shamanic Soulwork teacher)

Seasons

September 23, 2017

Ten thousand flowers in spring,

the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer,

snow in winter. If your mind isn’t clouded

by unnecessary things, this is the best season

of your life.

~Wumen Huikai

(1183-1260 Chinese Zen Poet)

Listen

September 22, 2017

The best way to deal

with excessive thinking

is to just listen to it,

to listen to the mind.

Listening is much more effective

than trying to stop thought

or cut it off.

When we listen

there is a different mode

employed in the heart.

Instead of trying to cut it off,

we receive thought

without making anything out of it.

~Ajahn Amaro

(1956 to pres.,

Abbot of the Amaravati Buddhist Monastery,

England)

Inward Illumination

September 21, 2017

The problem before us

is how to bring about a change

in our hearts and effect

an inner conversion

so that we can see truly and clearly

and learn to discriminate

between truth and untruth.

Since this lies beyond the scope

of body and intellect,

it can only come about

through an inward illumination

of divine wisdom

in the sanctuary of the soul.

~Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj

(1894-1974 Mystic Adept, Spiritual Teacher,

Organizer of World Conference on Unity of Man,

President of the World Fellowship of Religions,

and Sant Satguru of Surat Shabd Yoga)

 

Silence

September 20, 2017

Silence allows you to watch your mind

and become aware of the thoughts

that you may be acting on unconsciously.

When you see the thoughts,

you can make a conscious choice

to act on the thought

or change your mind,

instead of going along with the noise.

I have seen people

who don’t want to look at themselves

keep going until something happens

that makes them stop —

a sickness or an accident —

but it gives them that reflective,

quiet space where they can face

what is difficult in their mind.

We each have a unique purpose

to fulfill in this life and inklings

can come in those quiet moments.

~Swami Radhananda

(1914-1995, Spiritual teacher)