The awakened heart is like a sky that pours light.
by Elsa Bailey
You never find happiness until you stop looking
- Chuang Tzu
In life nothing can be had without overcoming
obstacles to the clear perception of one's true being are
pleasure and fear of pain. It is the pleasure-pain motivation
stands in the way. The very freedom from all motivation, the state
in which no desire arises is the natural state.
- Nisargadatta Maharaj
by Along The Way
photo by dakotalapse.com
The way of the Buddha is to know yourself. To know
yourself is to
forget yourself. To forget yourself is to be awakened by all
by Elsa Bailey
"Live with skillful nonchalance and ceaseless concern."
- Prajnaparamita Sutra
"What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner
resistance to something that already is?"
- Eckhart Tolle
by Ben Gilberti
What is this true meditation? It is to make everything: coughing,
swallowing, waving the arms, motion, stillness, words, action, the
and the good, prosperity and shame, gain and loss, right and
wrong, into one
by Tony Cartledge
A man crosses the street in rain,
stepping gently, looking two times
north and south,
because his son is asleep on his shoulder.
No car must splash him.
No car drive too near to his shadow.
This man carries the world's most sensitive cargo
but he's not
Nowhere does his jacket say FRAGILE,
HANDLE WITH CARE.
His ear fills up with breathing.
He hears the hum of a boy's
deep inside him.
We're not going to be able
to live in this world
if we're not willing
to do what he's doing
with one another.
The road will only be wide.
The rain will never stop falling.
- Naomi Shihab Nye
from Red Suitcase. © BOA Editions, Ltd., 1994.
An African Elegy
We are the miracles that God made
To taste the
bitter fruit of Time.
We are precious.
And one day our suffering
turn into the wonders of the earth.
There are things that burn me now
golden when I am happy.
Do you see the mystery of our pain?
That we bear
And are able to sing and dream sweet things
And that we never curse the air when it is
Or the fruit when it tastes so good
Or the lights that bounce gently
on the waters?
We bless things even in our pain.
We bless them in
That is why our music is so sweet.
It makes the
There are secret miracles at work
That only Time will bring
I too have heard the dead singing.
And they tell me that
This life is good
tell me to live it gently
With fire, and always with hope.
There is wonder
And there is surprise
In everything the unseen
The ocean is full of songs.
The sky is not an enemy.
- Ben Okri