Meditation Point #8

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True Zen

Sitting quietly doing nothing,
Spring comes and the grass grows.

This is perhaps my favorite saying/quote mostly because of its simplicity.  In these ten words the essence of life is put into perspective.  Our worries, our stresses, all the little things we make important and all the things we want to do are put in perspective.  We are insignificant in the grand scheme of things, nothing we do will make the Spring come sooner, it happens without us.  Conversely anything we do will pass away as if it were never there with the passage of time.  We are insignificant.  As a matter of fact the more significant we think we are, the less significant we are.  Significance indicates a desire for recognition.  The desire for recognition is self-centered ego.  We make ourselves the center of the Universe when nothing could be further from the truth.

What to do then?  Do we simply sit and let the world pass through it’s natural cycles?  We should sit quietly occasionally to keep things in perspective, however that isn’t realistic for everyday practice, how would we eat, etc.  No, this quote is only practical if you were the only person on the planet, even then your existence would be short lived.  While this quote does point to a certain truth in life, it neglects the more abstract aspects of life.  The interactions of life, with life.  Our interactions with our fellow men (and women) our important, though if done correctly will also be soon forgotten but not soon erased.  If we keep the world in perspective as the quote tries to point out our interactions with others will be based in kindness and selflessness.  We will sleep peacefully at night and wake with anticipation of the day ahead.  No agenda.  Living in the world but not for the world.  Living in peace with the fact that you do not chase smoke and dreams but bask in the glory of every moment whether good or bad understanding that no one truly has any more power over you than they do to make the Spring come earlier than it will.

Meditation Point #7

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No Beginning, No End

There is no end.
There is no beginning.
There is only the infinite passion of life.
Federico Fellini

Meditation Point #6

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The truth is more important than the facts.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Meditation Point #5

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Western laziness consists of cramming our lives with compulsive activity,
so that there is no time at all to confront the real issues.
Sogyal Rinpoche

But if it wasn’t for Western drive, ingenuity and vision the rest of the world would only think about the real issues!
— Mitch

Meditation Point #4

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Truth…

Everyone wishes to have truth on his side,
but not everyone wishes to be on the side of truth.
Richard Whately

Meditation Point #3

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We feel and know that we are eternal.
Spinoza

Meditation Point #2

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Fear Not…

Fear not those things that GOD has sent,
Though troublesome they may seem
For He knows best what must be done,
To lead you to your dreams.
He’ll test your strength to make you strong,
For what’s not used grows weak before long.
He’ll strip you of what pulls you from
The highest goal you seek.
He’ll show you that, where faith is placed
A harvest soon is grown.
And what you’ll learn, is that in time
You reap, what you make.
For all that’s His belongs to you,
To do with as you will.
But when you give it back to Him,
HE does your dreams fulfill.
Mitchell Saba – – 1996

Meditation Point #1

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You are lost the instant you know what the result will be

Juan Gris