Words of Wisdom for June 13, 2024

Dear Friends:
Writers and the War Against Nature

For a writer or an artist to become an advocate for nature, he or she must first stumble into some connection to that vast world of energies and ecologies. Because I was brought up in a remote rural district, instead of having kids to play with, I had to entertain myself by exploring the forest surrounding our farm, observing the dozens of bird species and occasional deer, fox, or bobcat; sometimes hunting, sometimes gathering plants that I could sell to herb buyers for a few pennies, and camping out alone for several days at a time. Heavy logging was going on in the nearby hills. Even as a boy I was deeply troubled by the destruction of the forests and the careless way that hunting, both of waterfowl and deer, was conducted.

– Gary Snyder, Lion’s Roar

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–Jerome

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Words of Wisdom for June 12, 2024

Dear Friends:
“Love is not about getting what we want. Love is about how we live with what we are given.”

– C. W. Huntington, Jr., Quoted in Mindfulness Breaks: Your Path to Awakening

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–Jerome

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Words of Wisdom for June 11, 2024

Dear Friends:
Unlimited Self

[That which] is deepest and most real about each of us cannot be limited by any transitory state, shape, or event.

– Noelle Oxenhandler, “Mind the Gap”

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–Jerome

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Words of Wisdom for June 10, 2024

Dear Friends:
The Poetry of the Unknown

We are able to see the unknown only when we go beyond time. That is why the poetry that comes from this unknown territory cannot but be wild, fresh, and alive, like a leaping carp.

– Ok-koo Kang Grosjean, “Like a Leaping Carp”

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–Jerome

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Words of Wisdom for June 09, 2024

Dear Friends:
“Change is everywhere” is a truth which many of us get on a conceptual level but have a hard time being with once it becomes a lived experience.

Reading the discourses of the Buddha, we find regular reminders to be aware of the changing and fluctuating nature of all experience.

Maybe he repeated it this often to counterbalance the natural tendency of the mind to assume that things will last, stay the same and continue.

Over a lifetime, minor and major changes will have a deep impact on us.

Yet the tools to meet them with awareness stay much the same:

• Embracing the nature of what it means to be human with compassion

• Trusting ourselves to differentiate between what we need to accept for the moment, and what needs our wise effort and energy

• Practicing acceptance of the nourishing and the unsatisfying, the beautiful and the ugly, the kindness and the reactivity, the harmonious and the less-than-perfect in ourselves, others, and the entire world of experience

– Ulla Koenig, Sangha Live

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–Jerome

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Words of Wisdom for June 07, 2024

Dear Friends:
“The existence of a single number by itself is unthinkable. Morally or spiritually, this means that the existence of each individual, whether or not he is conscious of the fact, owes something to an infinitely expanding and all-enwrapping net of loving relationship, which takes up not only every one of us but everything that exists. The world is a great family and we, each one of us, are its members.”

– D. T. Suzuki

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Words of Wisdom for June 06, 2024

Dear Friends:
Living a Virtuous Life

Buddhist practice is never about creating goals and trying to achieve them. It’s about learning to see clearly for ourselves our own real state in each and every moment. As we come to see what life really is, we begin to behave more logically and ethically, because that’s what makes sense.

– Brad Warner, “The Enlightenment Pill”

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–Jerome

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Words of Wisdom for June 05, 2024

Dear Friends:
Transcend Ordinary Perceptions

In painting, as in any art, we can escape the prison of our minds and connect with what transcends ordinary perceptions. And just as a body of water stays still while a wave-form moves through it, consciousness remains stable despite the constant motion and flow of our thoughts.

– Fredericka Foster, “Spotlight On: Fredericka Foster”

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Words of Wisdom for June 04, 2024

Dear Friends:
Nature helps you reboot, even if you’re not a nature lover. This is just how the body works.

– Martha Beck, Life Reboot: From Chaos to Clarity

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Words of Wisdom for June 03, 2024

Dear Friends:
Clear Intention Comes First

Meditation practice flourishes when it is supported by clear intention.

– Gil Fronsdal, “Evaluate Your Meditation “

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