Though the air is full of singing
my head is
with the labor of words.
season is rich
with fruit, my tongue
hungers for the sweet of
beech is golden
I cannot stand beside it
mute, but must say
golden," while the leaves
stir and fall with a sound
that is not a
It is in the
that my hope is, and my aim.
A song whose lines
I cannot make
sounds men's silence
like a root. Let me say
and not mourn:
lives in the death of speech
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from "Wherever You Go There You Are" by Jon Kabat-Zinn:
we describe the sitting posture, the word that feels the most
Sitting down to meditate, our posture talks to us. It makes
statement. You might say the posture itself is the meditation. If
slump, it reflects low energy, passivity, a lack of clarity. If we
ramrod-straight, we are tense, making too much of an effort,
too hard. When I use the word "dignity" in teaching situations, as
"Sit in a way that embodies dignity," everybody immediately
their posture to sit up straighter. But they don't stiffen.
relax, shoulders drop, head, neck, and back come into easy
The spine rises out of the pelvis with energy. Sometimes people
to sit forward, away from the backs of their chairs,
autonomously. Everybody seems to instantly know that inner feeling
dignity and how to embody it.
Try: Sitting with dignity for thirty
seconds. Note how you feel. Try
it standing with dignity. Where are your
shoulders? How is your spine,
your head? What would it mean to walk with
Sherab ~ Daily Dharma
"It's not the circumstances which arise as one's
that condition a person into the
dualistic state; it's a person's own
that enables what arises to condition him."
"If you think, 'I breathe,' the 'I' is extra.
There is no
you to say 'I.' What we call 'I' is
just a swinging door which moves when we
and when we exhale. It just moves; that is all.
When your mind is
pure and calm enough to follow
this movement, there is nothing: no 'I,'
world, no mind nor body; just a swinging door."
"Clear mind is like the full moon in the sky.
clouds come and cover it, but the moon
is always behind them. Clouds go away,
moon shines brightly. So don't worry about clear
mind - it is
always there. When thinking comes,
behind it is clear mind. When thinking
there is only clear mind. Thinking comes and
goes, comes and goes.
You must not be attached to
the coming or the going."
~ Zen Master Seung
Along The Way
The whole is implanted in every part entirely -
every cell of
the body contains the totality of
the personality biologically. If you take
cell of the body you can study the whole of
the person, it contains
the reflection of the
total personality. Likewise, the whole
is reflected in every man
- nay, in every atom.
- Swami Krishnananda
When I was 17 years old I went to my teacher for the first
I had been reading several books and discussed yoga with two friends of
She asked me what I wanted to learn, and I said Pranayama.
asked why and I referred to something from a book.
So she gave me a long lesson on discipline and hard work,
telling me she was quite sure I did not have what it would take.
very uncomfortable and just wanted her to finish so I could
Then I saw a picture on the table behind her.
I did not know who was smiling so alive inside the silver frame,
but I knew I had walked through the right door.