Sunday, February 21, 2010
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.
-- The Buddha
When the mind is at rest, we are lifted out of time into the eternal present. The body, of course, is still subject to the passage of time. But in a sense, the flickering of the mind is our internal clock. When the mind does not flicker, what is there to measure change? It's as if time simply comes to a stop for us, as we live completely in the present moment. Past and future, after all, exist only in the mind. When the mind is at rest, there is no past or future. We cannot be resentful, we cannot be guilt-ridden, we cannot build future hopes and desires; no energy flows to past or future at all.
Past and future are both contained in every present moment. Whatever we are today is the result of what we have thought, spoken, and done in all the present moments before now -- just as what we shall be tomorrow is the result of what we think, say, and do today. The responsibility for both present and future is in our own hands. If we live right today, then tomorrow has to be right.
-- Sri Eknath Easwaran
Friday, February 19, 2010
The photograph is of Rosa Parks riding that famous bus in Memphis.
From the trial transcript:
Miss Crandall's Boarding School for Young Ladies of Color
Canterbury, CT, 1833-34
THE TAO OF THE TRIAL
Miss Crandall, you stand accused of knowingly
teaching colored persons not resident of the state,
without prior consent. What is your plea?
*The Teacher does not instruct. The Teacher waits.*
Girl, has anyone been teaching anything to you and your friends?
Who taught you how to plead the Fifth Amendment?
Your honor, I submit as evidence
of the alleged teachings of alleged students
this colored girl here, who openly reads books
and gazes skyward, who has been overheard
conversing animatedly in polysyllabic words
and referring off-handedly to the Ancient Greeks.
*The Teacher teaches, without words and without action,
simplicity, patience, and compassion.*
-- Marilyn Nelson
(Poetry, September 2005)
About Marilyn Nelson:
Friday, February 12, 2010
Life is nothing more, nothing less, so I'm trying to use 'em well, 'cause that's all I've got!
This film is poignant in places and shocking in others...just like life.
Check it out:
Monday, February 08, 2010
This morning, as I move into this day, I'm right on the edge of being seriously discouraged by my recent lack of care of this body for which I'm the steward. It's so easy for me to just go into "I give up!" "I'm not worthy!" "I'm such a slug!" etc., etc., ad naseum. But that's SUCH an old tune...and so unworthy of me.
Then I opened today's "The Golden Present: Daily Readings by Sri Swami Satchidananda" and BAM! there it is...so timely...so RIGHT. simple wisdom, nothing new, but obviously something I needed to hear YET AGAIN in this very moment...just get up, dust myself off, and trudge on ahead, doing my best today to make better choices.
I must admit I was a little ashamed as I read about not making the same mistake over-and-over...but ultimately encouraged that, yes, I can and will learn even from IT! The big lesson for me of loving self-care is that it is a life-time undertaking...I've come a long ways and, though I have a long ways to go, I'll continue the journey with you ALL, holding hands, baby-step by baby-step, since it's the journey we're on together, to optimal health and self-care!
YOU LEARN EVEN FASTER
If you make mistakes it doesn't matter. Make mistakes and learn. The best teachers are your own mistakes. You learn even faster by your mistakes. Once I was at a conference with the great modern scientist Buckminster Fuller. He stood up and said, "Friends, forget about all the `Do this. Don't do that' business. Commit as many mistakes as possible, as soon as possible. You'll become great!"
It's true. Every failure is a stepping stone. Remember, though, that you can't use the same stone for each step. Every step should be on a new stone. That means you shouldn't keep on making the same mistakes. Learn well from each one. The problem with many people is that they commit the same mistake over and over. Even so, they will eventually learn from that mistake and move on. Experience is the best teacher.
Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi
Sri Swami Satchidananda
Friday, February 05, 2010
For me, it's all about being the "CEO" of my CRAZY MIND (rather than its "pawn") for, as Eknath Easwaran said:
All spiritual disciplines are done with a view to still the mind. The perfectly still mind is universal spirit.
-- Swami Ramdas
Meditation is the regular, systematic training of attention to turn inward and dwell continuously on a single focus within consciousness. With practice, we can become so absorbed in the object of our contemplation that while we are meditating, we forget ourselves completely. In that moment, when we may be said to be empty of ourselves, we are utterly full of what we are dwelling on. This is the central principle of meditation: we become what we meditate on.
Eventually, meditation will make our mind calm, clear, and as concentrated as a laser which we can focus at will. THIS CAPACITY OF ONE-POINTED ATTENTION IS THE ESSENCE OF GENIUS. When we have this mastery over attention in everything we do, we have a genius for life itself: unshakable security, clear judgment, and deep personal relationships.
-- Eknath Easwaran
Here's to the crazy ones.
The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They're not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them,
disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can't do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They invent. They imagine.
They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire.
They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?
Or sit in silence and hear a song that's never been written?
Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
-- Advertisement for Apple Computer, adapted from the writings of Jack Kerouac
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