The human being is constantly is torn from calm and peace of simple existence by two things; wanting what you don’t have, or disliking what you have. — Paul Fleischman
There comes a time in life when you walk away from all the drama, and the people who create it. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of life. Getting back up is living.
– Unknown author
Worrying is worthless. When you stop focusing on what has already happened and what may never happen, then you’ll be in the present moment. Then you’ll begin to experience joy in life. — Brian Weiss
A mind that is fast is sick.
A mind that is slow is sound.
A mind that is still is divine.
– Eknath Easwaran
Meditation is a time to focus, train the mind, and bring it to stillness. It is not a time to rest and relax. — Darren Main
Trying my hand doing black and white. A photo of a lonely intersection by bare trees, and a fence. To me, its Zen!
Instructions for living a life.
Tell about it.
If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything.
In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.
– Shunryu Suzuki
Meditation is not about finding the self–quite the contrary: it is about finding one’s way beyond the self. Meditation is also not about ‘explaining the mind’. It is instead about clearing away clutter created by the mind. — David M. White
A conversation is so much more than words: a conversation is eyes, smiles, the silences between the words. — Annika Thor
But opinions, judgements, memories, dreaming about the future–ninety percent of the thoughts spinning around in our heads have no essential reality. — Charlotte J. Beck
To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth. The problem is to see reality as it is. — Thich Nhat Hanh
We may believe that we know what another person is thinking, but most often our efforts at ‘mind reading’ are projections of our own inner, self-centered concerns.
– Susan Edmiston, Leonard Scheff
I came to a point where I needed solitude and just stop the machine of ‘thinking’ and ‘enjoying’ what they call ‘living’, I just wanted to lie in the grass and look at the clouds.
– Jack Kerouac
Right speech is to speak truthfully, being loyal to the truth when speaking with others, not creating harm or speaking cruelly, not exaggerating or embellishing, and speaking in a way that relieves suffering and brings people back to themselves. — Marc Lesser
If you can do something about it, then why get upset? If you can’t do anything about it, then why bother getting upset. — Lama Christie McNally
We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only still water that we can see.
– Zen Saying
It’s better to be doing nothing than to be busy doing nothing. — Zen Saying
The True Path is the path on which there is no coming and no going.
– Traditional Zen Koan
Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knives and it will blunt.
– Lao Tzu
Whoever is happy will make others happy too. — Anne Frank
Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom. — Buddha
Zen lives in the present. The whole teaching is: how to be in the present; how to get out of the past which is no more and how not to get involved in the future which is not yet, and just to be rooted, centered, in that which is.
A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it.
- Dogen Zenji
The tongue like a sharp knife…kills without drawing blood.