Friday, June 30, 2017

Daily Zen - Friday, June 30

The real question is not whether life exists after death.
The real question is whether you are alive before death.

~ Osho

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Daily Zen - Thursday, June 29

Awake. Be the witness of your thoughts.
You are what observes, not what you observe.

~ Buddha

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Daily Zen - Tuesday, June 27

I seek to learn about the world around me. 
I seek to learn about what I actually am.
I seek to learn how to be a proper human being.

~ Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Weekend Zen, June 24-25

Most humans are never fully present in the now,
because unconsciously they believe that the next
moment must be more important than this one. But 
then you miss your whole life, which is never not now.

~ Eckhart Tolle

Friday, June 23, 2017

Daily Zen - Friday, June 23

Getting what you want is not nearly 
as important as giving what you have.

~ Tom Krause

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Daily Zen - Thursday, June 22

Pure love is a willingness to give without 
a thought of receiving anything in return.

~ Peace Pilgrim

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Daily Zen - Wednesday, June 21

Do whatever it takes — meditate, exercise, pray, 
read, write, listen to music, whatever you find that 
works — to ignite your awareness daily. You will create and contribute to life as you have never contributed before.

~ Neale Donald Walsch

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Daily Zen - Tuesday, June 20

It is a simple matter of what you will do when the chips
are down, my friend. When the fat lady is singing. When 
the walls are falling in, and the sky is dark, and the ground
is rumbling. In that moment our actions will define us.

~ Zadie Smith

Monday, June 19, 2017

Daily Zen - Monday, June 19

The person who makes a success of living
is the one who sees his goal steadily and
aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.

~ Cecil B. DeMille

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Weekend Zen, June 17-18

I've learned that people 
will forget what you said, 
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.

~ Maya Angelou

Friday, June 16, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Daily Zen - Wednesday, June 14

Grief and loss and suffering, even depression 
and spiritual crisis, the dark nights of the soul 
only worsen when we try to ignore or deny 
or avoid them. The healing journey begins when we 
turn toward them and learn how to work with them.

~ Jack Kornfield

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Daily Zen - Tuesday, June 13

Remember you don't meditate to 
"get" anything, but to get "rid" of things. 
We do it not with desire but with letting go.
If you "want" anything, you won't find it. 

~ Ajahn Chah

Monday, June 12, 2017

Pulse - We Will Not Let Hate Win

Today marks the one year anniversary of the deadliest mass shooting in American history. In the early morning hours of Sunday, June 12, 2016, a man walked into the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and unleashed a barrage of gunfire from a SIG Sauer semi-automatic rifle and a Glock semi-automatic pistol. Forty-nine people were murdered, as they hid and ran and fell to the floor.

For the last year, I have wanted to write about that unthinkably tragic night at Pulse, but I have never known what it was I really wanted to say. All these months later, just this morning in fact, I finally realized what's behind my lingering compulsion to in some way document the events of that night --- I simply need to make sense of it. Upon further reflection, I also recognized the ongoing impossibility of that task. No matter how badly we need to, we simply cannot make sense of the inherently senseless. And so I can say only this: one year later I think often about those who were killed and injured, I still imagine the horror they endured and the courage they showed, I still regret the unimaginable pain their friends and families must feel, and like so many others, whenever I think of Pulse, I still sting and burn and rage. 

I hope you will take a moment today to look at the faces and read the names of those who were killed that night. We will not let hate win.

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Daily Zen - Monday, June 12

Finding your passion isn't just about careers
and money. It's about finding your authentic self.
The one you've buried beneath other people's needs.

~ Kristin Hannah

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Weekend Zen, June 10-11

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly
and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your 
inner peace for anything whatsoever, 
even if your whole world seems upset.

~ Saint Francis de Sales

Friday, June 9, 2017

Daily Zen - Friday, June 9

Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high.
Then life seems almost enchanted after all.

~ Vincent Van Gogh

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Daily Zen - Thursday, June 8

Don't despair if your heart has been through
 a lot of trauma. Sometimes, that's how
 beautiful hearts are remade:
they are shattered first.

~ Yasmin Mogahed

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Daily Zen - Wednesday, June 7

For me, living is the same thing as dying,
and loving is the same thing as losing, and this
does not make me a madwoman; I believe it can
make me better at living, and better at loving,
and, just possibly, better at seeing.

~ Sally Mann

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Daily Zen - Tuesday, June 6

If wrinkles must be written on our brows,
let them not be written upon the heart. 
The spirit should never grow old.

~ James A. Garfield

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Weekend Zen, June 3-4

This moment is not life waiting to happen, 
goals waiting to be achieved, words waiting to be spoken,
connections waiting to be made, regrets waiting
to evaporate, aliveness waiting to be felt,
enlightenment waiting to be gained. No. 
Nothing is waiting. This is it. This moment is life.

~ Jeff Foster

Friday, June 2, 2017

Daily Zen - Friday, June 2

Only those who will risk going too far
can possibly find out how far one can go.

~ T.S. Eliot

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Daily Zen - Thursday, June 1

Clouds come from time to time — and bring
 a chance to rest from looking at the moon.

~ Bashō