Tuesday, 22 July 2014

May our heart's garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers - .Food for thought.



“May our heart's garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers.” 
― Thích Nhất Hạnh


Seeker: "Teach me the way to liberation."
Zen master: "Who binds you?"
Seeker:"No one binds me."
Zen master: "Then why seek liberation?"

OUR PRISON, OUR DUNGEON, IS IN US. IT'S
in our own mind, our own thinking. We strap ourselves in
chains of our own making, and we do the same to each other.
We train our children in the ways of bondage.
All this is based on ignorance. We don't see what we
are. We don't see our situation for what it is, nor do we see
how to deal with it. As Yang Chu says, we pass by the joys of
life without knowing we've missed anything. - Steve Hagen


JUST SIT FOR A MOMENT AND RELAX.
Take a couple of deep breaths. Now: try not to think of an
elephant.
Here's something else to contemplate: picture a square
circle. Try harder. Make an effort.
As you've probably realized already, both of these exercises
are by nature impossible.
Often, though, we put our efforts into tasks very much
like these. We focus our energies on goals that are impossible,
or where the means to bring about our goals are entirely out
of our hands. Thus we often think of effort as a kind of straining,
or forcing, or pushing. But with what the Buddha called
right effort-the sixth aspect of the eightfold path-there's no
straining, no forcing, no pushing, partly because right effort is
conjoined with right view. When you actually see that putting
your hand in a flame is painful, you don't need to strain to
keep yourself from doing it.

Right effort means simply being present. It means being
here, staying here, and to see what's happening in this
moment. It's not about trying to control, trying to bring something
about-like straining to achieve enlightenment. This is
much like trying not to think of an elephant. Right effort is naturalness-naturalness of movement, naturalness of
thought. It's the naturalness of becoming this moment. - Steve Hagen



«Livet er en gave som gir og gir med hvert nytt daggry.
Omfavn underverkene i denne nye dagen, og lev livet ditt i glede og kjærlighet, og evig takknemlig for muligheten til å begynne på nytt.»
Julie Parker


 “Around us, life bursts with miracles--a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles. Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings. When we are tired and feel discouraged by life's daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.” 

Lytt til stillheten. Hyppigheten og varigheten av pauser i sinnet(uten noe tanker) avgjør din evne til å nyte livet, til å føle en indre forbindelse med andre mennesker og naturen. Bestemmer også, hvilken grad du er fri for ego. Ved å bli bevisst på pausene i sinnet, blir de lengere. Denne roen er også indre fred, og denne roen og freden er essensen av hvem du er. Det er indre ro som vil redde og forandre verden.

Når sinnet blir målløst:

Plutselig oppstår det en indre stillhet. Inne i stillheten finnes en forfinet, men intens, glede- her er kjærlighet, her er fred.

Se på et tre, en blomst eller en plante. La bevisstheten hvile på det du ser. Så rolige er de, så dypt rotfestet i sin Væren. La naturen lære deg om ro.


Når du legger merke til stillheten, følger du umiddelbart en indre årvåkenhet. 

- Echart Tolle



“To dwell in the here and now does not mean you never think about the past or responsibly plan for the future. The idea is simply not to allow yourself to get lost in regrets about the past or worries about the future. If you are firmly grounded in the present moment, the past can be an object of inquiry, the object of your mindfulness and concentration. You can attain many insights by looking into the past. But you are still grounded in the present moment.” 



DE FIRE LEVEREGLER
 
VÆR REN I ORD
Snakk med integritet. Si bare det du mener.
Unngå å misbruke ord til å snakke stygt om
deg selv eller andre.
 
TA IKKE NOE PERSONLIG
Ikke noe av det andre gjør, er pga. deg
Det andre sier er en projeksjon av Deres virkelighet,
deres egen drøm.
Når du er immun mot andres meninger og handlinger,
vil du ikke bli utsatt for unødig lidelse.
 
LA VÆRE Å FORUTSETTE TING
Våg å stille spørsmål og uttrykke
det du virkelig ønsker.
Kommuniser med andre så klart du kan
for å unngå misforståelser.
Denne ene leveregelen er nok til å omskape et helt liv.
 
GJØR ALLTID DITT BESTE
Ditt beste vil forandre seg fra øyeblikk til øyeblikk.
Det vil være annerledes når du er frisk enn når du er syk.
Gjør ditt beste under alle omstendigheter, så vil du
unngå å dømme deg selv og angre.
 
av: Don MIguel Ruiz

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