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#1860 - Friday, July 16, 2004 - Editor: Gloria
A cicada shell;
it sang itself
utterly away. _______
it's as boring
as the two halves of a melon. _______
The oak tree
The oak tree:
in cherry blossoms.
Wendell Berry Poems
Though the air is full of singing
my head is loud
with the labor of words.
Though the season is rich
with fruit, my tongue
hungers for the sweet of speech.
Though the beech is golden
I cannot stand beside it
mute, but must say
"It is golden," while the leaves
stir and fall with a sound
that is not a name.
It is in the silence
that my hope is, and my aim.
A song whose lines
I cannot make or sing
sounds men's silence
like a root. Let me say
and not mourn: the world
lives in the death of speech
and sings there
Photo by Sam: http://home.hccnet.nl/sam.pas/odds_and_ends/photos/photo_21.html
from "Wherever You Go There You Are" by Jon
When we describe the sitting posture, the word that feels the most
appropriate is "dignity."
Sitting down to meditate, our posture talks to us. It makes its own
statement. You might say the posture itself is the meditation. If we
slump, it reflects low energy, passivity, a lack of clarity. If we sit
ramrod-straight, we are tense, making too much of an effort, trying
too hard. When I use the word "dignity" in teaching situations, as in
"Sit in a way that embodies dignity," everybody immediately adjusts
their posture to sit up straighter. But they don't stiffen. Faces
relax, shoulders drop, head, neck, and back come into easy alignment.
The spine rises out of the pelvis with energy. Sometimes people tend
to sit forward, away from the backs of their chairs, more
autonomously. Everybody seems to instantly know that inner feeling of
dignity and how to embody it.
Try: Sitting with dignity for thirty seconds. Note how you feel. Try
it standing with dignity. Where are your shoulders? How is your spine,
your head? What would it mean to walk with dignity?
Glass Museum by Sam Pasciencier: http://home.hccnet.nl/sam.pas/odds_and_ends/photos/photo_19.html
Sherab ~ Daily Dharma
"It's not the circumstances which arise as one's
karmic vision that condition a person into the
dualistic state; it's a person's own attachment
that enables what arises to condition him."
~Pha Tampa Sangye
"If you think, 'I breathe,' the 'I' is extra.
There is no you to say 'I.' What we call 'I' is
just a swinging door which moves when we inhale
and when we exhale. It just moves; that is all.
When your mind is pure and calm enough to follow
this movement, there is nothing: no 'I,' no
world, no mind nor body; just a swinging door."
~ Shunryu Suzuki
"Clear mind is like the full moon in the sky.
Sometimes clouds come and cover it, but the moon
is always behind them. Clouds go away, then the
moon shines brightly. So don't worry about clear
mind - it is always there. When thinking comes,
behind it is clear mind. When thinking goes,
there is only clear mind. Thinking comes and
goes, comes and goes. You must not be attached to
the coming or the going."
~ Zen Master Seung Sahn
From the website, "Twilight Bridge,"
Along The Way
The whole is implanted in every part entirely -
every cell of the body contains the totality of
the personality biologically. If you take one
cell of the body you can study the whole of
the person, it contains the reflection of the
total personality. Likewise, the whole
Cosmic Being is reflected in every man
- nay, in every atom.
- Swami Krishnananda
When I was 17 years old I went to my teacher for the first time.
I had been reading several books and discussed yoga with two friends of mine.
She asked me what I wanted to learn, and I said
She asked why and I referred to something from a book.
So she gave me a long lesson on discipline and hard
telling me she was quite sure I did not have what it would take.
I felt very uncomfortable and just wanted her to finish so I could leave.
Then I saw a picture on the table behind her.
I did not know who was smiling so alive inside the
but I knew I had walked through the right door.
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