all that stuff you fill your mind with is insignificant

laird hamilton jaws surf wave



Thanksgiving Day,

I got to surf the biggest waves

I’ve ever ridden up until now. After that,

I had a little different perspective on things, on the world in

 general. Things that I thought were so important, weren’t as important

as I thought they were. It was a kind of reality check. I came out

feeling stronger and everything got a lot more clear.

All that stuff you fill your mind with, you

realize that all of it is pretty



Laird Hamilton


abandon your masterpiece and sink into the real one




when you no longer

see yourself as the hero of your

own drama, expecting victory after victory,

you understand deeply that this is not paradise.

Somehow, especially the privileged ones that we are,

we somehow embrace the notion that this veil of tears,

that it’s perfectible, that you can get it all straight.

I found that things became a lot easier when

I no longer expected to win. When you

understand that, you abandon

your masterpiece and you

sink into the real



Leonard Cohen

something mysterious and perfect exists



mysterious and perfect

existed before even heaven and earth

were born. Silent, immeasurable, standing alone

and unchanging, moving without end or exhaustion,

it is the mother of the known and unknown

universe. I don’t know its name, so I call

it by an alias: Tao. Forced to

describe it, I only say,

“It is great.”


That which

is great continues.

That which continues goes

far. That which goes

far returns.



Tao is great, heaven is

great, earth is great, a person

of Tao is great. These are

the four greatnesses in

the universe.


A person

of Tao follows earth.

Earth follows Heaven. Heaven

follows Tao. Tao follows

its own nature.


The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 25

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when your life is always a part of your surroundings, then there is no problem



your life is always

a part of your surroundings –

in other words, when you are called back

to yourself, in the present moment — then there is

no problem. When you start to wander about in some delusion 

which is something apart from you yourself, then your surroundings are

not real anymore, and your mind is not real anymore. If you yourself

are deluded, then your surroundings are also a misty, foggy

delusion. Once you are in the midst of delusion, there

is no end to delusion. You will be involved

in deluded ideas one after



Shunryu Suzuki


“To wait with a proper attitude invites the assistance of the Higher Power.”

Tarot, The Hanged Man, Jamie

There is

a situation at hand that

cannot be corrected by force or

 external effort. The Creative will provide

the solution to one who waits with a

correct attitude. This is a time

for patience and careful

attention to inner



Do not

give in to doubt

and agitation now. You are

not meant to wait in a state of desperate

longing but in one of patient inner strength.

Without certainty in the power of truth, success

is impossible. Attempts to force a change,

rather than allowing it to mature

naturally, will only cause




would be wise

to strengthen and reaffirm

your reliance on the Creative. When

you indulge in fear and doubt, you flood the arena

where the Higher Power is attempting to work.

Your principal responsibility in life

is to keep this arena — your

own consciousness —

free of negative





things as they are and not

making fruitless comparisons to the

situations of others or some imagined ideal,

one engages the power of the Creative.

If one then remains balanced,

modest, and independent,

good fortune will

come to



The I Ching, or Book of Changes:

Hexagram 5, Hsu (Waiting)


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