A few quotes for today, to help promote that season.
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
“Empty your mind of all thoughts.
Let your heart be at peace.
Watch the turmoil of beings,
but contemplate their return.
Each separate being in the universe
returns to the common source.
Returning to the source is serenity.
If you don’t realize the source,
you stumble in confusion and sorrow.
When you realize where you come from,
you naturally become tolerant,
kindhearted as a grandmother,
dignified as a king.
Immersed in the wonder of the Tao,
you can deal with whatever life brings you,
and when death comes, you are ready.”
Lau Tzu ~ Tao Te Ching
“Enlightenment means waking up to what you truly are and then being that.”
“Do it. Open your eyes. The truth is right there. You ARE it. Everything is it. It’s that simple.”
Exactly as you are.
If you think you should be different – you are wrong.
If someone around you thinks you should be different – they are wrong.
You are perfect – just as you are. It could be no other way.
Let others be themselves as well.
Exactly as they are.
If you think they should be different – you are wrong.
They are perfect, just as they are. It could be no other way.
Be yourself and let others do the same.
You may just get a taste of freedom.
I was sitting at the computer today, staring at a blank screen, wondering what would come to me to write about today. Then I realized, the blank screen says it all. That’s it. Enlightenment made simple. Emptiness right before our eyes.
Your darkest day is just as big of a blessing as your brightest.
Have you ever paid attention to how many times a day you try to control a situation, whether it’s at work, at home, in traffic or elsewhere? For many, it’s a constant struggle, as every facet of their day is something that must be controlled, or so they think. Who is in control anyway? Is there really such a thing as being in control? What would happen if you spent the next 24 hours not controlling anything, but instead, just went along with whatever happens, like water in a stream? Flowing with what is, no matter what twists and turns come along. Could you do it?
Start now and see what happens. Go with whatever comes up. If your mind and thoughts step in to tell you, “this is bad” or “I don’t want this so I am going to change it” or “I don’t like how she is acting so I am going to do something to try to change her” or even “I like this so I’m going to make it last as long as I can”, stop for a second. Stop and realize these are just thoughts. Go with whatever is in front of you. You may just be surprised at the outcome. It may just be better than anything you could have imagined. It may just flow with no effort at all, like water in a stream.
Water in a stream doesn’t get angry at the rock or the log in its path, it simply flows with it and around it.