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Most human beings have an
for taking things for granted.
look filled with understanding, an accepting smile, a loving
a meal shared in warmth and awareness are the things which
happiness in the present moment. By nourishing awareness
present moment, you can avoid causing suffering to yourself
around you. The way you look at others, your smile, and
acts of caring can create happiness. True happiness
does not depend on wealth or fame.
times a day something happens to me like this--some
throb of amazement--some good sweet empathetic ping and
is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that
the soul exists
and is built entirely out of attentiveness.
Awareness is a choice, and sometimes it takes effort. But itís
if we truly put some effort into it. The rewards for
our effort already surround
us all the time, but theyíre awards that we miss
constantly until we make the
decision to open our eyes and our hearts to the
beauty thatís always everywhere.
offers its wisdom generously. Everything teaches. Not
everyone learns. Life asks of us the same thing we have been asked in every
awake." "Pay attention." But paying
attention is no simple matter. It requires
us not to be distracted by expectations, past experiences, labels, and
masks. It asks that we not jump to early conclusions and that we remain open
can I bring the feeling of Godís presence with me
into everyday life?
Perhaps I can make it a point, whenever
I drive on the highway, or ride a bus or subway, or travel
by air, to count the time as a gift. Instead
whatís ahead of me or how long itís taking me to get there,
perhaps I can allow myself just to relax into the scene:
to open the windows of my awareness and let it all in;
to say, with my Creator, "It is very good."
Marilyn Morgan Helleberg
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I think a
lot about Big Mind-Small
Mind, expansive, wide-lens
consciousness and contracted,
introverted consciousness. I
have moments--we all do--when just
being alive is a pleasure
miracle. They feel like moments when
the shutters of
the mind are open so
I can look out. It also feels as if
same shutters have no hooks
to fix them in an open
small wind and bang--they slam shut.
better way is there to make people love one another than
to make people understand one another?
True charity comes only
with clarityójust as ďmercyĒ is but justice that understands.
Surely the root of all evil is the inability to see clearly that which
Today, I choose
I choose to be aware of the beauty of life and living.
I choose to be aware of the simple truths in life.
I choose to be aware of the simple pleasures in life.
I choose awareness of joy.
I choose awareness of peace.
I choose awareness of love.
I choose to see, to feel, to know,
the presence of divine energy
myself and those around me.
Today, I choose to be aware and to embrace all that is good,
As my awareness of joy, peace, love, and goodness grows in my
consciousness, joy, peace, love, and goodness
become the reality in
which I live.
For this I am so grateful!
And So It Is!
spend most of our time in a kind of horizontal thinking.
We move along the surface of things going from one quick base
to another, often with a frenzy that wears us out.
data, things, people, ideas, "profound experiences,"
never penetrating any of them. . . But there are other times.
There are times when we stop. We
sit still. We lose
in a pile of leaves or its memory.
We listen and breezes
from a whole other world begin to whisper.
I found I no longer had the stamina to work long hours clearing
in the woods around my house, I began to bring a lawn
chair and a
thermos with me. I still work in the woods, but stop
frequently to sit and have a cup of
tea. Iíve identified
know lived here and
evidence that a bobcat shares the property.
down some, I see things I never saw before and find that
is not lonely
but nurturing, allowing my heart to open
to the signs
and lessons of nature that surround me.
prisoner lived in solitary confinement for years. He saw
and spoke to
no one and his meals were served through an opening
in the wall.
day an ant came into his cell. The man contemplated it in
as it crawled around the room. He held it in
the palm of his hand the better
to observe it, gave it a grain
or two, and kept it under his tin cup at night.
day it suddenly struck him that it had taken him ten long years
solitary confinement to open his eyes to the loveliness of an
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I speak about attention, I mean literally, "How much attention can
we pay to ourselves?"
As children, sometimes we cannot hold our attention for more than a
couple of seconds.
Over the years we are able to attend to more and more.
Yet, we're seldom schooled to hold life in respect, to enlarge our
ability to love,
take care of, and be respectfully connected with all things around us.
shall open my eyes and ears. Once every day I shall simply stare
at a tree,
a flower, a
cloud, or a person. I
shall not then be
concerned at all to ask what
they are but
simply be glad that
I shall joyfully allow them their
and ecstatic" existence.
|No life can be barren which hears the whisper
of the wind in the branches,
or the voice of the sea as it breaks upon the shore; and no
can lack happiness looking up to the midnight stars.
of us at times, myself included, don't pay very much attention
to our senses and to the world around us; we are too busy
in our heads and are often lost--sometimes quite literally
thoughts. Paradoxically, when we tune into our bodies,
awaken our senses,
and pay a little bit of attention to the world around us, the
thinking that dominates us when we are upset or worried
or at least quiets down, and consequently,
our thoughts become calmer and clearer.
How then, do we come in contact with ourselves?
by becoming aware. Isn't that a nice
word--aware? It kind of hits
you right where it
matters, doesn't it? To be aware. To be aware
of everything. To be aware of life. To be
aware of growth, to be
aware of death, to be aware of
beauty, to be aware of people,
flowers, trees. Open
your mind and begin to see and feel! Begin
experience, and don't be ashamed of it! Touch, feel,
you never have before. Keep growing!
Keep consistently growing.
Every moment that you do,
you change. Open your mind, open your
your arms, take it all in. You can keep taking and
and taking, and what is, never runs out.
There's always more. The
more that you see in a
tree, the more that there is to see. You hear
Beethoven sonata, and it leads you to infinity. Pick
up a book of
poetry, and it leads you to beauty. You
love one person,
and that love leads you to
hundreds. Keep growing.
soul can find no staircase to heaven unless it be through
The next message you
need is always right where you are.
do not learn only from great minds; we learn from
everyone, if only we observe and inquire. I
received my greatest lesson in aesthetics from an old
man in an Athenian taverna. Night after
night he sat alone at the same table, drinking his
wine with precisely the same movements. I
finally asked him why he did this, and he said,
"Young man, I first look at my glass to please my
eyes, then I take it in my hand to please my hand,
then I bring it to my nose to please my nostrils, and
I am just about to bring it to my lips when I hear a
small voice in my ears, 'How about me?' So I tap
my glass on the table before I drink from it. I
thus please all five senses."
I believe that if you put fine food into a
body with a crummy mind, you get
a crummy body, but if you put crummy food into a body with
expanded awareness, you get a fine body.
W. Brugh Joy
we had a keen vision of all ordinary life, it would be like
grass grow or the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of
which lies on the other side of silence. As it is, the
of us walk about well-wadded with stupidity.
only should you believe in what you are doing,
but you should know what you are doing.
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|One does not need to fast for days and meditate
for hours at a time
to experience the sense of sublime mystery which constantly envelops us.
All one need do is to notice intelligently, if even for a brief moment,
a blossoming tree, a forest flooded with autumn colors, an infant
during the day, I consciously focus on some ordinary object and
allow myself a momentary "paying-attention." This
paying-attention gives meaning
to my life. I don't know who it was, but someone said that
paid to anything is a window into the universe. Pausing to think
even for a brief moment, is very important. It gives quality to
need a kind of spiritual inhalation, a spaciousness that comes
when I am living from the inside out. Only in this way
can I find
my joy again, the tenderness I can feel toward myself and the
world. Find is the wrong word. I don't
think anyone "finds" joy.
Rather, we cultivate it by searching for the preciousness of
things, the ordinary miracles, that strengthen our hearts so
keep them open to what is difficult: delight in taking a
a slow walk that has no destination, in touching something
in noticing the one small, black bird who sings every morning
the top of the big old pine tree that guards this cabin.
I need to
give my attention to the simple things that give me pleasure
same fervor I have been giving it to the complex things
with which I drive myself crazy
I Will Not Die an Unlived Life
awareness - awareness
awareness 3 - awareness
truth of a life really has little to do with its
quality. The quality of life
is in proportion, always, to the capacity for delight.
capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.
you look at a peony, you first see the whole flower, its color
and shape. As you keep looking, you see the petals and
stamens and pistils. When you look more closely
still, you see the
segments and shading in the petals, until you begin to feel
vastness of those details. To see the vastness by
looking at one
thing in its details is to see its sacred connection to space
all other things. . . . When you see an object illuminated by
when you see with your heart, the object actually
back to you. When you cherish something, it glows.
It tells you
where it belongs and how you should present it, because
it so clearly. Then you follow its magical instructions,
you create a work of art.