The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step

Don’t take refuge in anything outside of you

When the Buddha was very old,
just before he died, he said,
My dear friends, my dear disciples,
don’t take refuge in anything outside of you.

In every one of us
there is a very safe island we can go to.

Every time you go home to that island
with mindful breathing, you create a space of
relaxation, concentration, and insight.

If you dwell on that island in yourself
with your mindful breathing, you are safe.

That is a place where you can take refuge
whenever you feel fearful, uncertain, or confused.

~~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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One response

  1. Reblogged this on Wholeheartedness and commented:
    Ahhh. And remember that Jesus said ‘the Kingdom of God’ is within you…

    March 22, 2013 at 3:26 am

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