Listen, O drop, give yourself up without regret,
and in exchange gain the Ocean.
Listen, O drop, bestow upon yourself this honor,
and in the arms of the Sea be secure.
Who indeed should be so fortunate?
An Ocean wooing a drop!
In God's name, in God's name, sell and buy at once!
Give a drop, and take this Sea full of pearls.
- Mathnawi IV, 2619-32
Translation by Kabir Helminski
The Welsh word for homesickness is hiraeth. It means long ache.
"when you feel overwhelmed, circumstances and people who could help you get out from under your feeling of overwhelment cannot find you, nor can you find them. Even when you try hard to find them, you cannot. And those people who do come do not help you, but, instead, they add to your feeling of overwhelment."
I can bring everything down to this moment, hold my focus on this moment. (Is there a problem in this moment?) Without bringing into this moment the whole picture of my projected future or big picture of my overall life circumstances and then having that vibration rule my now.
“If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”
— Anaïs Nin
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
— Neil Gaimanhttp://journal.neilgaiman.com/2011/12/my-new-year-wish.html
Nonduality Highlights: Issue #4393, Sunday, October 9, 2011
When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.
- Thich Nhat Hanh
A saint inthe Buddhist context...is someone who provides an example of the fact that completely ordinary, confused human beings can wake themselves up; they can put themselves together and wake themselves up through an accident of like of one kind or another. The pain, the suffering of all kinds, the misery and the chaos that are part of life, begins to wake them, shake them. Having been shaken, they begin to question: "Who am I? What am I? What is happening" Then they go further and realize that there is something in them that is asking these questions, something that is, in fact, intellingent and not exactly confused.
- Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
The Absolute works with nothing.
The workshop, the materials
are what does not exist.
Try and be a sheet of paper with nothing on it.
Be a spot of ground where is nothing is growing,
where something might be planted,
a seed, possibly, from the Absolute.
- Rumi, Mathnawi V: 1960-64, version by Coleman Barks, from The Essential Rumi, posted to Sunlight
To return to wholeness is to return home, to a place of being where we are no longer in a state of conflict with our own experience; where a genuine welcoming of all experience is accessed.
Yet to really know wholeness, to really be aware of what it is, requires a radical shift in where we're putting our attention.
We're all so conditioned to put our attention on the personal; what's going on in my life, how I feel about others, what I need to do to be content, etc., etc.
Yet there is this other part of life that is so easy to forget, and that is the very essence of life; the intelligence of it. This is what really experiencing wholeness brings us to, a total cooperation with the big picture. And this means with everything and everyone that this gorgeous life brings us.
Now remember, this isn't to be understood as a concept. Mind will go "yeah, yeah I know this already." This is a feeling, a very deep feeling that comes from true nature itself. It's a true knowing, way beyond mind.
Yet interestingly enough, the return to wholeness begins in the personal. The very perceptions and beliefs that can keep us in illusion are actually doorways into wholeness. The question lies in whether we are open and willing to take a peak into these doorways, to be available to experience another possibility. Because wholeness is being available to all possibilities, it's pure potential. And that's what you and I are.
This cooperation that I'm speaking of comes out of surrender. Once again, this surrender is not a concept, it's what let's go when we question what we think we know. All it takes is a questioning of your story; the one that's here right now, the story that contains any beliefs about anything. Because in all honesty, the return to wholeness will demand that everything is questioned, that every doorway that's revealed within every belief be looked into. That's what total cooperation is, and it has a very high standard.
Yet the one that's looking, that's seeing it all, is only freeing itself. It's wholeness returning to itself through this complete cooperation with the totality. This cooperation brings with it the beginning of a great intimacy with what is. It's the intimacy that is the very longing of our hearts. It's what we are all really striving for. This intimacy with life is the very foundation of happiness.
- Joi Sharp
Know your own mind with honesty and fearlessness. See what leads to more freedom and what leads to more suffering. This can liberate you from continually getting hooked by self-centered thoughts and emotions, the root of all dissatisfaction.
- Pema Chodron, from Always Maintain a Joyful Mind, posted to DailyDharma
There is a stage at which, by touching a particular phase of existence, one feels raised above the limitations of life and given that power and peace and freedom, that light and life, which belong to the source of all beings. In that moment of supreme exaltation one is not only united with the source of all beings, but dissolved in it, for the source of one's self. It is just like touching the presence of God, when one's consciousness has become so light and so liberated and free that it can raise itself and dive and touch the depths of one's being.
From The Teachings Of Hazrat Inayat Khan, posted to SufiMystic
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't
be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other
people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out
your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow
your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly
want to become. Everything else is secondary.
Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap
of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no
reason not to follow your heart.
~ Steve Jobs