Every act counts. Every thought and emotion counts too. This is all the path we have. This is where we apply the teachings. This is where we come to understand why we meditate. We are only going to be here for a short while. Even if we live to be 108, our life will be too short for witnessing all its wonders. The dharma is each act, each thought, each word we speak. Are we at least willing to catch ourselves spinning off and to do that without embarrassment? Do we at least aspire to not consider ourselves a problem, but simply a pretty typical human being who could at that moment give him- or herself a break and stop being so predictable?
My experience is that this is how our thoughts begin to slow down. Magically, it seems that there’s a lot more space to breathe, a lot more room to dance, and a lot more happiness.
from the book When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
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Further quotes from the book When Things Fall Apart:
- The courage to look at ourselves honestly and gently
- Opening our hearts and minds beyond limit
- Being with us
- Cultivating Peace
- It’s just like that
- The path of true awakening
- Undoing of old ways of seeing
- Awakening is essential
- Exposing ourselves to annihilation
- Negativity begets negativity
- Until we got it
- Fully alive
- Become Familiar with Fear
- How are you
- Only in our own experience
- The Possibility of Egolessness
- Don’t Set Out to Save the World
- Drive all blames into oneself
- The perfect teacher