mindful at every moment


 

Evening

and nighttime are

times of rest for cultivated people.

Accordingly you should withdraw into the

chamber of spirit and embrace oneness without

parting. Since there are no worldly feelings enveloping

you, neither is there an original sublime truth —

when you are like a dead man for the time

being, that is called great rest. After you

get to the point of dreaming and

sleeping without becoming

muddled, you see the

effect of mastering

seriousness.

 

Then

the following morning

is the time for the cultured person’s

“daily renewal”. Accordingly, you should rise

early and daily seek what you have yet to attain,

with the determination to do ten times or a hundred

times what others do. The days become months, the months

become years; those who study without question of how

long it takes, be it three years or five years, never

fail to reach sagehood. When you are mindful

at every moment, nurturing it with each

breath, the work is never interrupted;

perfected day after day and month

after month, learning will

shine with light.

 

The Cultivator of Realization
 

storm warning

 

Whether

we and our politicians

know it or not, Nature is party

to all our deals and decisions, and she

has more votes, a longer memory,

and a sterner sense of justice

than we do.

 

Wendell Berry

 

merge the outside and inside into one


 

In the

practice of the Way,

nothing is forced. Remaining

at home in quiet concentration,

you merge the outside

and inside into

one.

 

At peace

with everything,

unlearned, unworried,

untouched by phenomena,

you enter into reality

as an ordinary

person.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 11

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all forms are ephemeral and transitional

 

Heaven and

Earth are not sentimental;

they regard all things as dispensable.

The sage isn’t sentimental, either;

He views all forms as

ephemeral and

transitional.

 

Tao is

like a bellows:

empty but inexhaustible.

The more you move it the more it makes.

Too much talk about it evaporates

your understanding, though.

Simply stay at the center

of the circle.

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 5


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