A lifetime may not be long enough to attune ourselves fully to the harmony of the universe. But just to become aware that we can resonate with it — that alone can be like waking up from a dream.
~ David Steindl-Rast
True perfection seems imperfect,
yet it is perfectly itself.
True fullness seems empty,
yet it is fully present.
~ Tao Te Ching, Translated by Stephen Mitchell
Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
“Space,” it says, “is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space…
~ Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxay
Most important thing in life is learning how to fall.
~ Jeannette Walls
focus and forget
rest with the great achievement.
The ancient child asks
“what is the great achievement?”
It is beyond description in any language
it can only be felt intuitively
it can only be expressed intuitively.
Engage a loose, alert, and aware
body, mind, and sound
then look into the formless
and perceive no thing.
See yourself as a sphere
small at first
growing to encompass
the vastness of infinite space.
focus and forget then
in a state of ease and rest
secure the truth of the great achievement.
Employing the truth will not exhaust its power
when it seems exhausted it is really abundant
and while human art will die at the hands of utility
the great achievement is beyond being useful.
Great straightness is curved and crooked
great intelligence is raw and silly
great words are simple and naturally awkward.
Engaged movement drives out the frozen cold
mindful stillness subdues the frenzied heart.
summon order from the void
that guides the ordering of the universe.
~ Tao Te Ching, Chapter 45, Translated by John Bright-Fey, 2006