Love this silence, this moment, and every moment.
for allowing my heart to ache some, it comes and goes occasionally.
for taking a rest when needed,
for reading a good book,
for clouds dancing…
for mental stamina,
for not attaching,
for timing of the universe.
And realizing that if the world ends tomorrow, I’ve had a good life.
O mind, my friend, what’s the good of so much speaking?
O mind, my friend, all of this has been made quite clear.
I’ve told you what I know to be true;
You’re the ultimate Reality.
You’re unbounded, like space.
– From The Song of Avadhut
It’s better having one true friend than having false relatives.
Good things happen when you distance yourself from negative people.
Do not let people’s opinions of you mold your destiny.
Let unhappy people have their unhappy thoughts.
Continue on your path courageously.
— Haemin Sunim
Grateful for embracing simplicity, it allows me to gradually purge from my life those commitments, activities, and people that do not benefit me in some (positive) way. The extra time I consequently gain can seem like vast, empty stretches of wasted potential. But as I learned to slow down (since the early 2008), I know that eliminating unnecessary rapidity from my experiences allows me to fill that time in a constructive, fulfilling, and agreeable way. I can relish my morning rituals, linger over quality time with loved ones, immerse myself wholeheartedly in what I have to do, and take advantage of opportunities to nurture myself every single day.
The only evil is inattention. It is the father of stupidity and the grandfather of the twins, suffering and sorrow.
— Wu Hsin
So grateful to wake up again today. To the softness of the grey, gloomy morning. To the gentle breeze, to the energetic sound of my plants. I am truly grateful for the gifts of life. I am grateful for the daily reminder that this life is not centered around my ego. I am grateful to realize that “rights” and “wrongs” are just a figment of my imagination. That it’s not my place to evaluate what’s “good” and what’s “bad”. I am grateful to have some people I can call friends, relating to each other with love, compassion, with deep respect and without any form of validation.
Today, I am grateful, I am mindful.
Today, I am only human. I make mistakes, I take and I expect some. I measure, judge, I waste this precious time, sometimes. I am human.
Today, I am grateful for I know it all teaches me to be a better person. I remain teachable. I remain humble and I keep my heart open for all that is yet to come.
I am so grateful to be able to share these thoughts in this space.
Grateful today for simple pleasures – a good mug of coffee, a great meditation sessiom, houseplants, embracing imperfection and getting some work done.🙏🏻