Did I believe that I had a clear mind?
It was like the water of a river
flowing shallow over the ice. And now
that the rising water has broken
the ice, I see what I thought
was the light is part of the darkness.
—Wendell Berry, “Breaking,” in The Country of Marriage (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1973) (via apoetreflects)
When we pay attention, whatever we are doing-whether it be cooking, cleaning or making love-is transformed and becomes part of our spiritual path. We begin to notice details and textures that we never noticed before; everyday life becomes clearer, sharper, and at the same time more spacious.
—RICK FIELDS (via lazylucid)
Be careful of what you do to people; creating karmic ties is irreversible. The time is now to start thinking beyond the surface, vibrationally… beyond the atoms.
— Awakened Vibrations (via awakenedvibrations)
Often, change doesn’t come trumpeting itself in. It comes in quiet, barely noticed ways. No bolts of lightning and grand entrances here. Just a subtle relaxation into the body. A tiny shift towards where you are. An old belief, an outdated story, seen for what it is. A new path emerging in the darkness. A vague, unspeakable hope dawning in the first light of the day you imagined would never come. Everything the same, everything different, everything always resting in motion, and the mysteries of change forever unresolved.
I am nothing.
I’ll never be anything.
I couldn’t want to be something.
Apart from that, I have in me all the dreams in the world
And wanting nothing, regretting nothing, Peters smiled gratefully at life—running past, indifferent, ungrateful, treacherous, mocking, meaningless, alien—marvelous, marvelous, marvelous.
Tatyana Tolstaya, from “Peters” in White Walls: Collected Stories, translated by Antonina W. Bouis
Men are born soft and supple;
dead, they are stiff and hard.
Plants are born tender and pliant;
dead, they are brittle and dry.
Thus whoever is stiff and inflexible
is a disciple of death.
Whoever is soft and yielding
is a disciple of life.
The hard and stiff will be broken.
The soft and supple will prevail.
—Lao Tzu (via thebigelectron)
Turn off your mind, relax and float down stream
It is not dying, it is not dying
Lay down all thoughts, surrender to the void
It is shining, it is shining ‡
—The Tibetan Book of the Dead: (via letmegetreal)
As muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone, it could be argued that those who sit quietly and do nothing are making one of the best possible contributions to a world in turmoil.
—Alan Watts (The Way of Zen)