Meditation Point #59

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Know the mind and see its essence, and you may speak at will and go wherever your feet take you — — nothing is not a path.
Liao-an

I like this particular saying as it goes contrary to the typical empty mind philosophy. While I believe there is some merit to keeping your mind calm it should not be empty! This meditation point emphasizes the fact that we must understand our own mind before we can control anything around us. Without that understanding we will not have the confidence to reach our potential. Far to many people do not even understand the reasons for their own actions, how then can they understand the actions of their fellow man? Find yourself and you will see others for what and who they are, this opens many paths throughout life.

Meditation Point #58

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So long as a man can look into the eyes of his oppressor, he is free.
Jean-Paul Sartre

I hate to use the same source twice but this was to good and true to pass up, for it is true. Our spirit determines our freedom, for we can live in the freest land in the world and still not be free if we do not embody that freedom with our spirit. We will not go quietly into the night, we will not bend to some oppressive will, without first letting the source of that oppression know that they are killing or suppressing something far greater then they can ever aspire to be. In that moment, we are truly free and triumphant over our oppressors. So let us fight oppression in the world not with words but with our will, our spirit and when left with no other means to fight, our eyes.

Meditation Point #57

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Being is what it is.
Jean-Paul Sartre

I leave this one for your own conclusions…

Meditation Point #56

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Great people talk about ideas
Average people talk about things
Small people talk about other people
Sorry for the lack of posts recently,
I have been talking about ideas with great people! πŸ˜‰

Meditation Point #55

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When elephants fight,
it is the grass that suffers.
Kikuyu Proverb

I find this proverb particularly resonant as a parent. To often we forget that the fights we “adults” have can reek significant collateral damage for our children. It is often those who are not directly involved in a fight that are most effected, especially children. I have found very few occasions when it was necessary or appropriate to “fight” whether in a relationship or on the street. Hope my idle ramblings add something to this proverb.

Meditation Point #54

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A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.
William Blake

This is something I tell my students all the time, though I say it differently. Life is about perspective, primarily other people perspective. Most people only understand their own world and this is simple and easy, it is comfortable. By only considering things from my perspective I can pass judgement on everyone around me, scoff at the homeless, belittle the drug addict, frown at the parents of unruly children. It is all so easy to do. I a conflict I need not concern myself with why my aggressor is upset or aggressive, it’s not my problem. But what if I make it my problem? Not in an earthly crunchy, we should all love one another way, not at all! But in a quest for understanding. If I can gain the perspective of my adversary I may just be able to avert a conflict and in the process gain an ally. So the next time you see something or some situation, try to see it from another perspective, I think you will be surprised by what you see. The alternative is to remain the fool.

Meditation Point #53

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Wherever there is a poetical action,
a religious aspiration,
a heroic thought,
a union of the nature within man,
and the Nature without,
there is Zen.
— R. H. Blyth

Meditation Point #52

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Resolve to be thyself; and know that he who finds himself loses his misery.
Matthew Arnold

Not sure what to make of this quote? The author was a well to do gentleman, I wonder if he would have written the same if he came from a very poor background? Alas, his point is valid on a higher plane, I find to often that most people don’t even know who they are, let alone those around them. Thoughts? Comments?

Meditation Point #51

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My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.
– – Albert Einstein

Meditation Point #50

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Today we have two separate but connected quotes…
The trouble is that you think you have time. – – Jack Kornfield
Begin at once to live. – – Seneca

Take it to heart, go forth and make of it what you will.