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Poise

Ben Naga

Crane At Sunset

POISE

Balanced on one leg
Motionless, a crane inhales
The gold of sunset

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A CAT STORY

Mindfulbalance

One day I was sitting on my bed meditating, and a cat wandered in and plopped down on my lap. I took the cat and tossed it out the door. Ten seconds later it was back on my lap. We got into a sort of dance, this cat and I…I tossed it out because I was trying to meditate, to get enlightened. But the cat kept returning. I was getting more and more irritated, more and more annoyed with the persistence of the cat. Finally, after about a half-hour of this coming in and tossing out, I had to surrender. There was nothing else to do. There was no way to block off the door. I sat there, the cat came back in, and it got on my lap. But I did not do anything. I just let go. Thirty seconds later the cat got up and walked out.

So…

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WAYS OF SEEING

Mindfulbalance

I remember one afternoon as I was sitting on the steps of our monastery in Nepal. The monsoon storms had turned the courtyard into an expanse of muddy water, and we had set out a path of bricks to serve as stepping-stones. A friend of mine came to the edge of the water, surveyed the scene with a look of disgust, and complained about every single brick as she made her way across. When she got to me, she rolled her eyes and said, “Yuck! What if I’d fallen into that filthy muck? Everything’s so dirty in this country!” Since I knew her well, I prudently nodded, hopping to offer her some comfort through my mute sympathy.

A few minutes later, Raphaele, another friend of mind, came to the path through the swamp. “Hup, hup, hup!” she sang as she hopped, reaching dry land with the cry, “What fun!” Her…

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INACTIVITY

“It is better to do nothing than to waste your time.”

(Reposted from http://mindfulbalance.org/2012/10/01/18786/ – a wonderfully useful site to “follow”)

ENOUGH ALREADY

More is never enough.


Enough is not only enough, but more.

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The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had means, time, influence, and educational advantages, but what he will do with the things he has.  Hamilton Wright Mabie 

This quote made me stop and truly think.

Being happy with what we have in front of us is something that often times has to be learned… and often in a painful way. The grass is almost never greener on the other side. It is quite lush and wonderful right where you stand… you just fail to see it as such.

For the longest time I have felt “unaccomplished”, like I have wasted invaluable time, that I cannot hold my head high because I don’t have a college degree, nor a career. But I see things so differently now. Sure, if I had the time, the means, the memory…lol… I could go…

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Mahatma Gandhi’s Wisdom And Compassion

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