“Many people cannot allow themselves the time to sit and do nothing but breathe. They consider it to be uneconomical or a luxury. People say “time is money.” But time is much more than money. Time is life. The simple practice of sitting quietly on a regular basis can be profoundly healing. Stopping and sitting is a good way to focus on mindful breathing and nothing else.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh
Those faces you see every day on the streets were not created entirely without hope: be kind to them: like you they have not escaped.
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold; when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.”
A shaman was asked:
What is poison?
- Anything beyond what we need is poison.
It can be power, laziness, food, ego, ambition, vanity, fear, anger, or whatever.
What is fear?
- Non-acceptance of uncertainty.
If we accept uncertainty, it becomes adventure.
What is envy?
- Non-acceptance of good in the other.
If we accept good, it becomes inspiration.
What is anger?
- Non-acceptance of what is beyond our control.
If we accept, it becomes tolerance.
What is hate?
- Non-acceptance of people as they are.
If we accept unconditionally, it becomes love.
The Shaman by Bret Buckley