Friday, April 17, 2009

When Things Fall Apart

No matter how much you try to change, your life continues to unfold mysteriously, shaped by influences far beyond your control. Stuff happens, sometimes good, sometimes bad. In any case, as you get older, you feel something missing. Perhaps you don't care any more, and you settle into your life as good or bad as it is. But if you continue to grow, then you naturally become less interested in changing the patterns of your life and more devoted to opening and giving your deepest gifts of love, right now.

-David Deida


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Thursday, April 16, 2009

What is the nature of the World?

The question is not, what is the nature of the world out there? Rather it is how does the mind go about constructing stability, identity, satisfaction, and beauty from an environment that itself lacks these qualities?

And what are the consequences of these distortions for the subject who constructs them?
-Koheleth


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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Goodness

There is a goodness, a Wisdom that arises, sometimes gracefully, sometimes gently, sometimes awkwardly, sometimes fiercely, but it will arise to save us if we let it, and it arises from within us, like the force that drives green shoots to break the winter ground, it will arise and drive us into a great blossoming like a pear tree, into flowering, into fragrance, fruit, and song . . . into that part of ourselves that can never be defiled, defeated or destroyed, but that comes back to life, time and time again, that lives - always - that does not die.

-China Gallard

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Monday, April 13, 2009

Don't Blame the Lettuce

When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look into the 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 our family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and arguments. 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.

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