a coherent source of energy for living
(Simon Williams, 28.7.2012)
children are not alone in this world
let yourself be held
(Simon Williams, 28.7.2012)
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'...If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.
Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and later proves to be alive...'
‘Yeah, you who must leave everything that you cannot control. It begins with your family, but soon it comes ’round to your soul’
'To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax and you float.'
'Nothing outside yourself can cause any trouble. You yourself make the waves in your mind. If you leave your mind as it is, it will become calm.'
(Shunryu Suzuki Roshi)
'If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything. When a child presents himself to you with his smile, if you are not really there-- thinking about the future or the past, or preoccupied with other problems-- then the child is not really there for you. The technique of being alive is to go back to yourself in order for the child to appear like a marvelous reality. Then you can see him smile and you can embrace him in your arms.'
(Thich Nhat Hanh)
'There are three aspects of mindfulness: learning to pay attention to what is happening in and around you, learning to bring kindness, curiosity, and acceptance to your experience, and learning to not take it all so personally.'
'The motivation for practice comes simply from looking into this present moment as it is and being willing to experience its edge of unsatisfactoriness if that is what is present or seeing its immeasurable wonder and love and joy if that is what is present. There is no practice or motivation for practice outside of this.'
'The affairs of the world will go on forever. Do not delay the practice of meditation.'
'Finally, just sit, just breathe, and if you feel like it, allow yourself to smile inwardly.'
I honour my birthplace Jos, Nigeria
and I acknowledge the Darug and Gundungurra peoples as traditional owners of the places I inhabit
Blue Mountains, Australia
ALLOWAH NGARRA TIATI
"SIT DOWN AWHILE - LISTEN AND LEARN"
'The seed in the soil, the dirt on our hands
is the story I know, and the song my soul understands'
'A man lives again through his children,
the trees that he has planted,
the words that he has uttered'
(Massongo Oral Tradition)
'The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.'
'We don't think ourselves into a new way of living; we live ourselves into a new way of thinking.'
'...As for us: We must uncenter our minds from ourselves; We must unhumanize our views a little, and become confident as the rock and ocean that we were made from'
(Robinson Jeffers, 'Carmel Point')