Posts Tagged ‘Meditation’

 

 

Seductive Death

 

What’s going on here? In our society, we seem to have become preoccupied with eternal life, death and preserving youthfulness. We have immortal vampires, zombies, angels, demons and various permutations of youth and life eternal. Photoshop, botox, silicon, along with a plethora of ways of going under the surgical knife, all of which I’ve lost count of.

 

Is death the ultimate taboo? People are taking seriously scientific advances that will allow us to live longer, if not forever, then at least much longer than before. What sort of society would this be if this became possible? Would this be a world that is stagnant? Would such a world allow the possibility of growth? Doesn’t growth come from death, from facing one’s mortality? Doesn’t growth come from encountering otherness? And isn’t death the great otherness?

 

Life and death are not two things; they are one.  That is why the Hindus, for instance, saw Shiva as both Creator and Destroyer.

 

We recoil from death but we are foolish to do so. When the time is right, we should embrace it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Angry Talk (Comic Style)

Because we are fearful and are unable to eradicate our fears, we get angry.

Anger is a way of  making us feel better about ourselves and less afraid. That’s why inadequate people become bullies.

It’s easy to be angry. It’s easy to get addicted to the adrenaline rush of anger. It is hard to stop anger and, like all other emotions, if you try to suppress it, you’ll only make it worse.

The way of mindfulness is not to attach ourselves to emotions. It is just anger; it is not your anger. You don’t have to hang on to it. If you examine it calmly it will, like all other thoughts that pass through your mind, disappear.

landscape

Everyone and everything can be your teacher.

It is said that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. But do not suppose your teacher will be a wise old monk in a saffron robe.

When you have the right understanding, teachers will appear in even the unlikeliest places.

phragmites communis

Logic is great for certain processes, but quite useless for others.

We need to use all of our mental tools to build anything worthwhile.

What would you think of a carpenter who only used a hammer?

Meditation

If you keep your heart transparent

you will never be bound.

But one disturbing thought creates

ten thousand distractions.

If you let many things capture your

attention you’ll go astray.

How painful it is to see people so

wrapped up in themselves!

~ Ryokayayana