the divine

 

The

divine is

the experience of being

part of one’s natural environment,

vibrating with its energy, connected to all,

without having to erect imaginary

boundaries between the

self and the

other.

 

Anouar Majid

 

stop struggling

papaji
 

Milarepa,

the twelfth-century Tibetan

yogi who sang wonderful songs about

the proper way to meditate, said that the mind

has more projections than there are dust motes in a

sunbeam and that even hundreds of spears couldn’t put

an end to that. As meditators we might as well stop struggling

against our thoughts and realize that honesty and humor

are far more inspiring and helpful than any

kind of solemn religious striving

for or against

anything.

 

Pema Chodron

 

just breathe

To
calm the mind
means to find the right
balance. If you try to force your
mind too much it goes too far;
if you don’t try enough it
doesn’t get there, it
misses the point
of balance.

Normally
the mind isn’t still,
it’s moving all the time,
it lacks strength. Making the
mind strong and making the body
strong are not the same. To make the
body strong we have to exercise it, to push
it, in order to make it strong, but to make the
mind strong means to make it peaceful, not to
go thinking of this and that. For most of us
the mind has never been peaceful, it has
never had the energy of samadhi, so
we establish it within a boundary.
We sit in meditation, staying
with the One who
knows.

There’s
no need to think
of anything special,
just concentrate on this
simple task for now, having
continuous presence of mind.
There’s nothing more to do, just
breathing in and out. Soon the mind
becomes peaceful, the breath refined.
The mind and body become light.
This is the right state
for the work of
meditation.

know that enough is enough

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said dagdeviren

When

the world practices Tao,

horses fertilize the fields. When

the world ignores Tao,

horses are bred for

war.

 

There is no

greater calamity than

desire, no greater curse than greed.

Know that enough is enough,

and you’ll always have

enough.

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 46


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the speed of darkness

natalia jakubek / requiem

 

I have studied and become intimate

with the speed of darkness. It’s so fast

it’s always here. When the light withdraws

the dark comes from no place. It always lives

with us. Your heart and brain are black.

They never see the true light except in violence

or autopsy. Of course the brain can cast

its own blinding light that we wait for in a poem,

at least blinding to us. In our trances the loves

of long ago enter the room unescorted, silent

perhaps from the black bottom of the ocean

where we all die in perfect darkness, a sense

of whirling that recedes back to the time

the ocean swallowed the smallest stars

then heated us into our early life.

Darkness is always there,

it only stands revealed.

 

Jim Harrison