Saturday, August 27, 2011

Thoughts … … …

Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of it's mother – Moorish proverb

All the world is going to die, perhaps even I too – Italian proverb

A man dies and meets his friend in heaven. They talk and he says, ‘If I am dead why do I feel so awful?’

Tolkein: “not all who wander are lost”.

In my own training, I’ve been taught to look for the gaps: the gap at the end of each out-breath; the space between thoughts; the naturally occurring, nonconceptual pause after a sudden shock, unexpected noise, or moment of awe. Trungpa Rinpoche advised intentionally creating these gaps by pausing to look at the sky or stopping to listen intently. He called this “poking holes in the clouds.”
- Pema Chödrön

The reality of the society that we are in is that there are thousands and thousands of people out there leading lives of quiet, screaming desperation where they work long hard hours at jobs they hate, to enable them to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like and it's my contention that going to work on a Friday in jeans and T-shirt isn’t really getting to the nub of the issue
- Nigel Marsh

Happiness is not about having what you want. Instead it's about wanting what you have.
- Rabbi Hyman Schachtel

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