A Void Dance

Originally posted on BillKohlmeyer.com:

Christopher GermerWe instinctively avoid unpleasantness,

often without our awareness.

When we touch something unlovely in ourselves—

fear, anger, jealousy, shame, disgust—

we tend to withdraw emotionally

and direct our attention elsewhere.

But denying how we feel,

or projecting our fears and faults onto others,

only drives a wedge between us

and the people we yearn to be close to.

~ Christopher Germer

(Clinical Psychologist, Mindfulness Teacher)

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Secret Beauty

Originally posted on BillKohlmeyer.com:

Thomas MertonThen it was as if I suddenly saw

the secret beauty of their hearts,

the depth of their hearts

where neither sin nor knowledge

could reach, the core of reality,

the person that each one is

in the eyes of the divine.

If only they could see themselves

as they really are,

if only we could see each other that way

all the time,

there would be no more need for war;

for hatred, for greed, for cruelty.

I suppose the big problem would be

that we would fall down

and worship each other.

~Thomas Merton

(1915-1968, Trappist Monk)

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Enlightenment

Originally posted on BillKohlmeyer.com:

Before enlightenment;

Chop wood, carry water.

After enlightenment;

Chop wood, carry water.

~Traditional Zen Proverb

(variously attributed to Dogen, Seng Ts’an, Wu Li)

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Beauty can be found in the simple, ordinary things of life. We so easily take this beautiful world we live in for granted. Cleaning the house, washing the clothes, cooking a meal; the most mundane tasks take on a sacred quality when they are performed with our total involvement, with love, and for their own sake, without thought of recognition or reward. We are facing a time now when this easy, natural and utterly ordinary approach to the situations we encounter will bring far better results than any attempt on our part to be brilliant, clever, or otherwise extra-ordinary. Forget all about making headlines. The special gifts we have to offer are presented best by just taking things easily and simply, one step at a time.

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Cause meets effect

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Cause, Meet Effect.”

Yes, you can.

Yes, it’s possible.

To have a word or two,

Cause an effect—good or lousy.

It’s termed conditioning,

With the stimulus triggering a reaction.

Pavlovian experiments

conducted on canines.

What cause?

What effect?

Why would I?

Why should I?

I support PETA(P).

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (and People).

—Linus Fernandes.

George Santayana: Changing seasons

“To be interested in the changing seasons…is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.”

~George Santayana.

English: George Santayana, a Spanish American ...

English: George Santayana, a Spanish American philosopher and writer. Español: George Santayana, un filósofo y escritor hispano americano. Français : George Santayana, un philosophe et écrivain espagnol-américain. Русский: Джордж Сантаяна, американский философ и писатель испанского происхождения. Suomi: George Santayana, Espanjan-Yhdysvaltain kirjailija ja filosofi. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)