16 Observations

16 Observations

•Everything changes. • We have just enough problems, not too many or too few. • Even a mistaken approach is not a waste of time. • Formal education is to explain what is and what it means. Actual education is to let it be, whatever it is, without explanation. • Wherever you go, you will find your teacher. • Light one corner of the world. • The way that helps will not be the same:...

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The Summer Day

The Summer Day

Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean– the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down, who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes. Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face. Now...

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Patience….

Patience….

“Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” Being an artist means: not numbering and counting, but ripening like a tree, which doesn’t force its sap, and stands confidently in the storms of spring, not afraid that afterward summer may not come.  It does come.  But it comes only to those who are patient, who are...

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The Essence of My Practice

The Essence of My Practice

My practice moves from edge to edge, exploring the limits of a stretch, the inner realm of energy and breath.  Each movement plumbs new depths of self-awareness. Who am I now, and now, and now? Who holds this pose with single-pointed focus, or loses the thread of breath and stops to find the center once again? Have I reached my full expression, or is there another defensive layer I can...

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False Certainty

False Certainty

It is easier to see problems in someone other than oneself.  We all know people who knock on our door with bibles.  They’re very certain. They are living in their certainties, but if we look outside our own worldviews, and look at beliefs distant from ours, it can begin to open our minds. The wise person starts asking, “How does this problem apply to me?” Where do I have a similar belief...

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Like the River Runs….

Like the River Runs….

If I run like the river runs If I fall like water falls Oh if I breathe like the wind Will I ever learn it all? If I change like autumn leaves If I grow like summer weeds If I’m quiet as snow Will I ever know it all, learn it all? Refrain from the song Run like the River Runs by Michael...

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