Very seldom can one recommend a book before
reading it, but this is the
one! I was already an avid reader back when
Swami Z stories first appeared
some years ago on Vicki's website. While many
profound truths are wryly or
sarcastically uttered as humor, Swami Z just
happens to be the most lovable
curmudgeon of a guru you'll ever meet. When
baking cookies for his kitchen
table satsangs with mostly complaining and
questioning disciples, a group
that includes a grown man with his stick
pony, hilarious conversations take
place that somehow magically convey to
you all the comfort and delight of a
warm cookie fresh from the oven. Treat
Authored by Vicki Woodyard
Vicki Woodyard wrote A GURU IN THE GUEST ROOM as a
blend of fantasy
and wisdom about awakening. In this book, she introduces
the reader to
Swami Z and his disciples; a motley crew of characters that
around him to learn that they are the Self. If you want to have an
awakened wink, this book is for you!
We're all just walking each other home.
I love talking about nothing.
It's the only
thing that I know anything about.
My whole life is mine, but whoever says so
deprive me, for it is infinite.
The ripple of water, the shade of the
are mine; it is still the same, my life.
No desire opens me: I am full,
I never close
myself with refusal-
in the rhythm of my daily soul
I do not desire-I am
by being moved I exert my empire,
dreams of night real:
into my body at the bottom of the water
the beyonds of mirrors...
~Rainer Maria Rilke
via Christopher Hebard on FB
Our task is to take this earth so deeply and
wholly into ourselves that it will
resurrect within our being.
~Rainer Maria Rilke, letter to Witold Hulewicz,
November 13, 1925
via Ivan M. Granger
by Rashani Rea
Most people think excitement is happiness - but
when you are excited you
are not peaceful - true happiness is based on
~Thich Nhat Hanh
One of the dysfunctional patterns of the mind is
the assumption that the
Now needs to be filled with something all the time.
Of course you have to
do things, but see if you can also experience the
spaciousness of this
moment, the inherent goodness of this moment,
regardless of what it
If you want to know who someone is,
flowing through or not flowing,
stay in a listening posture.
eyes inside your companion's shadow.
But always remember,
you have your
Never leave that.
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