rejoice, bad things are going to happen!

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Bad things are going to happen.
Your tomatoes will grow a fungus
and your cat will get run over.
Someone will leave the bag with the ice cream
melting in the car and throw
your blue cashmere sweater in the drier.
Your husband will sleep
with a girl your daughter’s age, her breasts spilling
out of her blouse. Or your wife
will remember she’s a lesbian
and leave you for the woman next door. The other cat–
the one you never really liked–will contract a disease
that requires you to pry open its feverish mouth
every four hours. Your parents will die.
No matter how many vitamins you take,
how much Pilates, you’ll lose your keys,
your hair and your memory. If your daughter
doesn’t plug her heart
into every live socket she passes,
you’ll come home to find your son has emptied
the refrigerator, dragged it to the curb,
and called the used appliance store for a pick up – drug money.
There’s a Buddhist story of a woman chased by a tiger.
When she comes to a cliff, she sees a sturdy vine
and climbs half way down. But there’s also a tiger below.
And two mice – one white, one black – scurry out
and begin to gnaw at the vine. At this point
she notices a wild strawberry growing from a crevice.
She looks up, down, at the mice.
Then she eats the strawberry.
So here’s the view, the breeze, the pulse
in your throat. Your wallet will be stolen, you’ll get fat,
slip on the bathroom tiles of a foreign hotel
and crack your hip. You’ll be lonely.
Oh taste how sweet and tart
the red juice is, how the tiny seeds
crunch between your teeth.

Ellen Bass

 

look outside yourself no longer

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Your
enlightenment
is right where you stand.
Look outside yourself no longer.
Dissolve your false understandings
completely and accept the
reality that mastery
is yours to
embody.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 14

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the Self is the real source of your activity

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What

is the undercurrent

which vivifies the mind, enables it

to do all this work? It is the Self. So that is

the real source of your activity. Simply be aware

of it during your work and do not forget it. Contemplate

in the background of your mind even whilst working. To do that,

do not hurry, take your own time. Keep the remembrance of your real

nature alive, even while working, and avoid haste which causes you to forget.

Be deliberate. Practice meditation to still the mind and cause it to become

aware of its true relationship to the Self which supports it.

Do not imagine it is you who are doing the work.

Think that it is the underlying current

which is doing it. Identify

yourself with the

current.

 

Ramana Maharshi

 

don’t stir up thoughts in the mind

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If
you start
concentrating the mind
on stillness, you will merely
produce an unreal stillness. What does
the word “meditation” mean? In this school
it means no barriers and no obstacles; it is 
 beyond all objective situations whether 
good or bad. The word “sitting”
means not to stir up
thoughts in the
mind.

 

Hui-Neng

 

breathe. the universe will do the rest.

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Without
thought, without mind,
without self, there is only freedom.
The direct, reliable, and perfect means
of achieving this is to become
wholly absorbed in the
breath.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 16

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