Friday, September 30, 2016

Daily Zen - Friday, September 30

It is a choice to notice what is wrong 
or what is right in the day.
Make today a wonderful choice.

~ Author Unknown

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Daily Zen - Thursday, September 29

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to 
make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Daily Zen - Tuesday, September 27

You may not control all the events that happen to you,
but you can decide not to be reduced by them.

~ Maya Angelou

Monday, September 26, 2016

Daily Zen - Monday, September 26

Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul:
where there is compassion, even the most 
poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.

~ Eric Hoffer

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Weekend Zen, September 24-25

The art of being happy lies in the power 
of extracting happiness from common things.

~ Henry Ward Beecher

Friday, September 23, 2016

Daily Zen - Friday, September 23

As long as you seek for something, you will get 
the shadow of reality and not reality itself.

~ Shunryu Suzuki

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Daily Zen - Wednesday, September 21

When we are not attached to who we think we are,
life can move through us, playing us like an instrument.
Understanding how everything is in continual transformation,
we release our futile attempts to control circumstances.
When we live in this easy connection with life, we live in joy.

~ James Baraz

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Daily Zen - Tuesday, September 20

He is richest who is content with the least,
for content is the wealth of nature.

~ Socrates

Monday, September 19, 2016

Daily Zen - Monday, September 19

When we walk slowly, the world can fully appear. 
Not only are the creatures not frightened away by our haste
or aggression, but the fine detail of fern and flower, 
or devastation and disruption, becomes visible. 

Many of us hurry along because we do not want to see
what is really going on in and around us. We are afraid to let
our senses touch the body of suffering or the body of beauty.

~ Joan Halifax

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Weekend Zen, September 17-18

Empty-handed I entered the world.
Barefoot I leave it.
My coming, my going ---
Two simple happenings
That got entangled. 

~ Kozan Ichikyo's Death Poem

Friday, September 16, 2016

Daily Zen - Friday, September 16

The birth of a man is the birth of his sorrow.
The longer he lives, the more stupid he becomes,
because his anxiety to avoid unavoidable death
becomes more and more acute. What bitterness!

He lives for what is always out of reach. 
His thirst for survival in the future 
makes him incapable of living in the present.

~ Chuang Tzu

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016

Daily Zen - Monday, September 12

It is better to be prepared 
for an opportunity
and not have one 
than to have an opportunity 
and not be prepared.

~ Whitney M. young

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Weekend Zen, September 10-11

It seems to me that we all
look at Nature too much,
and live with her too little.

~ Oscar Wilde

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Daily Zen - Wednesday, September 7

Creativity comes from trust.
Trust your instincts.
And never hope more
than you work.

~ Rita Mae Brown

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Daily Zen - Tuesday, September 6

Don't ask what the world needs. 
Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. 
Because what the world needs 
is people who have come alive.

~ Howard Thurman

Monday, September 5, 2016

Daily Zen - Monday, September 5

Put off thy cares with thy clothes; 
so shall thy rest strengthen thy labor, 
and so thy labor sweeten thy rest. 

~ Francis Quarles

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Weekend Zen, September 3-4

Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore.
There is always something to make you wonder 
in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.

~ Albert Schweitzer

Friday, September 2, 2016

Daily Zen - Friday, September 2

We are all sculptors and painters, and our material 
is our own flesh and blood and bones.

~ Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Daily Zen - Thursday, September 1

Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard.
Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let 
the bitterness steal your sweetness. 

~ Iain Thomas