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Poetry

what is joy?

what is joy?
joy
is to be eclipsed
in who you are
now
and forever.
it is to let down
your weakness
and let down
your strength
and find yourself
at home
in everything.

Jinghai, Yu. A Scatter of Light in the Summer Sky: Poems of the Tao

Categories
General

So Many Responsibilities

How many of us are swept away by what I have come to call an “active laziness”? Naturally there are different species of laziness: Eastern and Western. The Eastern style consists of hanging out all day in the sun, doing nothing, avoiding any kind of work or useful activity, drinking cups of tea and gossiping with friends.

Western laziness is quite different. It consists of cramming our lives with compulsive activity, so that there is no time left to confront the real issues.

If we look into our lives, we will see clearly how many unimportant tasks, so-called “responsibilities” accumulate to fill them up. One master compares them to “housekeeping in a dream.” We tell ourselves we want to spend time on the important things of life, but there never is any time.

Helpless, we watch our days fill up with telephone calls and petty projects, with so many responsibilities – or should we call them “irresponsibilities”?

Sogyal Rinpoche

Reference: http://www.rigpaus.org/Glimpse/Glimpse.php

Categories
Poetry Spiritual

The Moon Waxes and Wanes

The moon waxes and wanes
Tides ebb and flow.
Emotion moves up and down.
Only achieved ones enjoy
The smooth flow of nature.

Reference:
Moonlight in the Dark Night
by Hua-Ching Ni
ISBN 0937064440