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Water and Salt

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Oct 18, 2017

15036536_915233991909410_5435401710935899713_nA small amount of salt in a glass of water makes the water taste salty.

The same amount of salt in a large body of water is imperceptible.

In the same way, when the mind is constricted, suffering looms large.

When the mind is spacious, suffering fades away.

Contemplate the sky; expand your mind.

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Learn how to read love letters

Every day, priests
minutely examine the Law…
And endlessly chant
complicated sutras.
Before doing that,
though, they should
learn how to read the
love letters sent by
the wind and rain,
snow and moon…

~Ikkyu~


The Eight Fold Path

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The Eight fold Path consists of eight practices: right view, right thinking, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration.


This is the law, ancient and inexhaustible

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We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. Speak or act with an impure mind and trouble will follow you, as the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart.

Speak or act with a pure mind and happiness will follow you as your shadow, unshakable.
“Look how he abused me and hurt me, how he threw me down and robbed me.” Live with such thoughts and you live in hate. Abandon such thoughts, and live in love.

In this world hate never yet dispelled hate. Only love dispels hate. This is the law, ancient and inexhaustible.

~ Buddha ~
The Dhammapada


One day, the future, and music

One day, music will take its rightful place
as the true religion of Mankind.

~ Inayat Khan ~


You carry Mother Earth within you

“You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer. In that kind of relationship you have enough love, strength and awakening in order to change your life.

Fear, separation, hate and anger come from the wrong view that you and the Earth are two separate entities, that the Earth is only the environment. That is a dualistic way of seeing.

So to breathe in and be aware of your body and look deeply into it, realise you are the Earth and your consciousness is also the consciousness of the Earth. Not to cut the tree not to pollute the water, that is not enough.

We need a real awakening, enlightenment, to change our way of thinking and seeing things. When we recognise the virtues, the talent, the beauty of Mother Earth, something is born in us, some kind of connection, love is born. That is the meaning of love, to be at one…”

~Thich Nhat Hanh~

Realize You are the Earth https://creativesystemsthinking.wordpress.com/…/realize-yo…/

 


The real miracle

People say walking on water is a miracle, but to me walking peacefully on Earth is the real miracle.

Thich Nhat Hanh