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.

Meditation Point #49

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Men cannot see their reflection in running water, but only in still water.
Chuang-Tzu

Most people will need to think about this one for a second… Contemplation is not a group activity. Contemplation can only occur in the silence of your own mind. Reflection is good, silence is good. Many people shun being alone. I don’t mean alone with no other people, I mean alone AND quiet. A good exercise is to place a hard backed chair in the center of a room and sit quietly with your eyes closed. Notice how long it takes before your mind begins to distract you. Yes, distract you! Your ego is afraid of the silence and wants to keep you distracted…so do your demons. The more you work at this exercise the more aware you will become and as such the longer you will be able to sit in silent contemplation. Think this is easy? Remember the last time you were waiting in the Doctors office, a fairly sterile room. How long did it take before you were pacing, or moving around, or sleeping? Anything but sitting wuietly and enjoying the company of your peaceful mind. Try it, you might learn something!

Meditation Point #48

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I have something. When you look at it, it’s there, but when you look for it, it’s not. What is it?
— Zen Koan

Alex, for $500.00 is it “Where are my Car Keys!”

Meditation Point #47

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Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
– Dr. Seuss!!

As someone who almost always speaks my mind, I had to post it, though I was surprised with the source:)