Empty yourself of everything. Let the mind become still. The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches their return. They grow and flourish and then return to the Source. Returning to the Source is stillness, which is the way of nature.
Tao Te Ching, Verse 16
“The original mind is not created and is imperishable. Earth, water, fire and wind are temporarily lodging for the night. If one is truly natural and innocently spontaneous, the original mind will appear. When you are abiding in the original mind, this is meditation.” ~ Bankei
No problem. You are not crazier than you were yesterday. It has always been this way and you just never noticed. You are also no crazier than everybody else around you. The only real difference is that you have confronted the situation they have not.
There is only one way to learn this lesson, though. These words won’t do it. But look within and watch the stuff coming up-restlessness, anxiety, impatience, pain-just watch it come up and don’t get involved. Much to your surprise, it will simply go away.
It rises, it passes away. As simple as that. There is another word for self-discipline. It is patience.”
~Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
Mindfulness in Plain English
A student seeking enlightenment came to the master and said,
“Dear Master, I seek enlightenment. Please tell me where I may find it.”
The Master replied,
“Do you hear the babbling brook?”
The student nodded, and the master replied,
~ A Zen Story ~