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Aphorisms from Aa to Zz: Rr August 11, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Mindfulness.
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Reflection

The roads are different, the goal is one.

Look deep ~ the answers lie within.
The spark of divine spirit knows where it’s been

Pause and Reflect.

Silence the mind, just be, focus on your breath.  It bubbles with energy, and overflows with bliss.

Sometimes I sits and thinks and sometimes I just sits. ~ Satchel Paige

Don’t just do something, sit there.

True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. ~ William Penn

In stillness lies truth.

Religion

God has no religion. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

God requires no synagogue, except in the heart. ~ Hasidic saying

Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God. ~ Lenny Bruce

I’m giving up Catholicism for Lent.

What we do with our attention is more important than symbolic sounds and gestures. ~ Lama Surya Das

When we focus on rites and rituals, we risk losing touch with the essential meaning behind the practice, which is to connect with the Spirit within.

Going to church is against my religion. ♥ ♥ ♥ ~ J.F.

Moving from the outer forms and institutions of religion to the more essential principles of spirituality is a good and significant option ~ as is any sacred tradition which encourages us to be open to divine presence, both within and without. ~ Lama Surya Das

Relinquish

Donald-DirectorWhen we release our attachments, we open our hearts to the world, and see the path unfolding before us.

When we hang on to our opinions and judgments, there is no room for anything else. ~ Lama Surya Das

When we let go of all attachments and expectations, we see through the roles, veils, and masks that obscure the Spirit within. 

You must empty yourself of the past, in order to receive the present. ~ Zen Parable

Letting go is the path to freedom. ~ Lama Surya Das

When we relinquish, or renounce, the extraneous, we are left with the essential, which cannot be lost.  ~ Lama Surya Das

When we stop clinging to ego attachments, we lighten our load and learn who we truly are. ~ Lama Surya Das

How refreshing the whinny of a pack horse fully unloaded! ~ Classic Haiku

When we choose to just be, our authentic presence is revealed.

Risk

Life is a daring adventure, or it is nothing. ~ Helen Keller

Take risks.

I would rather be a failure at something I love to do, than a success at something I don’t. ~ George Burns

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud, was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~ Anais Nin

Rock the Boat

Shake yourself loose from your moorings.

Ships are safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for. ~ Michael Lillie

Revel in uncertainty.

Life is a series of bizarre twists and turns.  Enjoy the ride.

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1. cindy - August 11, 2010

Relinquish is a vital point!

nrhatch - August 11, 2010

I agree ~ otherwise, we’re just carting around a wheelbarrow full of stale memories. How exhausting.

“You must empty yourself of the past, in order to receive the present.” ~ Zen Parable

2. Loreen Lee - August 11, 2010

That is why I still believe that you have to become ‘conscious’ of those past events, etc. which are still being retained by your subconsciousness. This is actually something I learned with the Buddhists, in how to come to the seeds of karma, was the way you expressed. Thus the validity of visiting the past, with the purpose of raising one’s awareness of how and why these subconscious karmic seeds can affect us in the present. Actually, psychiatry also employs a method along these lines in depth psychology, etc. although I don’t agree with their principles. I do believe in getting to the karmic seeds of whenever I find a reaction or feeling within myself that may be (actually the past may just be a few moments in the past) related to a past cause, and because I am not conscious of it, it disrupts or in some way makes an impact n on my present response to a person or event.
Whenever I fail to see the reason, for instance, in someone’s behavior FROM THEIR POINT OF VIEW, this MAY be an indication that I MAY be missing something because of past habits or psychological formations, for instance. (karmic seeds) That is why I, (like the Buddhists) believe an the positive values of analysis..

nrhatch - August 11, 2010

Don’t believe everything you think. *wink*

3. tahliaN - August 11, 2010

I love this post, and the more I read your blog, the more I have no doubt that you’ll love my book. You’ll see all the symbolism in it.

You might like this philosophical take on rejection
http://publishersearch.wordpress.com/?s=who+gets+rejected+anyway

nrhatch - August 11, 2010

Thanks, Tahlia. You’re right.

Rejection is rarely fatal, especially when we realize that we are much more than writers putting words on paper.


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