…go back to ourselves
May 23, 2009, 8:50 am
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Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.
~Thich Nhat Hanh

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…don’t be surprised if you feel lucky
May 20, 2009, 9:49 am
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As you embrace the here and now, don’t be surprised if you suddenly feel lucky – lucky to be blessed with a good mind, lucky to have friends who love you for who you are, lucky to be living in such an interesting time.
~Veronigue Vienne
The Art of the Moment

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Live in the present moment wisely and earnestly…
May 19, 2009, 1:58 pm
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Happy Buddha

Happy Buddha

The Secret of health for both mind and body
is not to mourn for the past,
not to worry about the future
nor to anticipate troubles,
but to live the present moment
wisely and earnestly.

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All life is holy…
May 18, 2009, 7:51 am
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How do we remain faithful to our own spiritual imagination and not betray what we know in our own bodies? The world is holy. We are holy. All life is holy. Daily prayers are delivered on the lips of breaking waves, the whisperings of grasses, the shimmering of leaves.
~Terry Tempest Williams

Until one is committed…
May 17, 2009, 8:42 am
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Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.

~William Hutchison Murray,
The Scottish Himalayan Expedition

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My Name…
May 16, 2009, 8:52 am
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Once when the lawn was a golden green
and the marbled moonlit trees rose like fresh memorials
in the scented air, and the whole countryside pulsed
with the chirr and murmur of insects, I lay in the grass,
feeling the great distances open above me, and wondered
what I would become and where I would find myself,
and though I barely existed, I felt for an instant
that the vast star-clustered sky was mine, and I heard
my name as if for the first time, heard it the way
one hears the wind or the rain, but faint and far off
as though it belonged not to me but to the silence
from which it had come and to which it would go.
~Mark Strand
from Man and Camel

Staying in Your Own Business…
May 15, 2009, 8:48 am
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The following excerpt is from the first chapter in Byron Katie’s book, Loving What Is:

I can find only three kinds of business in the universe: mine, yours and God’s. (For me, the word God means “reality.” Reality is God, because it rules. Anything that’s out of my control, your control, and everyone else’s control—I call that God’s business.)

Much of our stress comes from mentally living out of our own business. When I think, “You need to get a job, I want you to be happy, you should be on time, you need to take better care of yourself,” I am in your business. When I’m worried about earthquakes, floods, war, or when I will die, I am in God’s business. If I am mentally in your business or in God’s business, the effect is separation….

If you are living your life and I am mentally living your life, who is here living mine? We’re both over there. Being mentally in your business keeps me from being present in my own. I am separate from myself, wondering why my life doesn’t work.

To think that I know what’s best for anyone else is to be out of my business. Even in the name of love, it is pure arrogance, and the result is tension, anxiety, and fear. Do I know what’s right for me? That is my only business. Let me work with that before I try to solve your problems for you.

If you understand the three kinds of business enough to stay in your own business, it could free your life in a way that you can’t even imagine. The next time you’re feeling stress or discomfort, ask yourself whose business you’re in mentally, and you may burst out laughing! That question can bring you back to yourself. And you may come to see that you’ve never really been present, that you’ve been mentally living in other people’s business all your life.

And if you practice it for a while, you may come to see that you don’t have any business either and that your life runs perfectly well on its own.

After reading that section, and pondering it, I happened to listen to one of the Oprah/Eckhart Tolle web class videos, and the focus of that session was right in line with Katie’s message.

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