Thought for the day, Saturday 23rd October

“A lot of people try to counteract the ‘I am not good enough’ with ‘I am good enough.’ In other words, they take the opposite and they try to invest it. That still keeps the world at the level of polarities. The art is to go behind the polarities. So the act is to go not to the world of ‘I am good’ to counteract ‘I am bad,’ or ‘I am lovable’ as opposed to ‘I am unlovable.’ But go behind it to the fact that I do crappy things and I do beautiful things and I am. That includes everything and I am.”
Ram Dass

Thought for the day, Friday 22nd October

From Earth Bound: Daily Meditations for All Seasons by Brian Nelson,
“On this day in 1734, Daniel Boone was born. John Mack Faragher’s biography of the woodsman describes how, in the early years of his marriage, Boone would disappear into the forest for long hunts, sometimes lasting a year or so. After one of these hunts, Boone returned to find a child born to his wife, a child fathered out of her loneliness and his absence. To his credit, Boone accepted the child as his own and she grew to be the most loyal of children.
Hunting and trapping on the frontier, risky as it was, was probably easier for Boone than living in society. The call of the wild is powerful and ignored at one’s peril – yet those who turn to the wild to escape life’s complexities may find that their lives remain just as complicated upon their return. The wilderness is not an escape, but an inspiration that can make each day richer no matter where you are.”

Thought for the day, Wednesday 20th October

“It is better to guide one soul than to possess all that is on earth, for as long as that guided soul is under the shadow of the Tree of Divine Unity, he and the one who hath guided him will both be recipients of God’s tender mercy, whereas possession of earthly things will cease at the time of death. The path to guidance is one of love and compassion, not of force and coercion. This hath been God’s method in the past, and shall continue to be in the future!”
The Báb (1819 – 1850), born on this day, forerunner of Baháʼu’lláh, the founder of the Baháʼí Faith

Thought for the day, Sunday 17th October

“I sometimes forget
that I was created for Joy.
My mind is too busy.
My Heart is too heavy
for me to remember
that I have been
called to dance
the Sacred dance of life.
I was created to smile
To Love
To be lifted up
And to lift others up.
O’ Sacred One
Untangle my feet
from all that ensnares.
Free my soul.
That we might
Dance
and that our dancing
might be contagious.”
Hafiz, Persian Sufi mystic (1315-1390)

Thought for the day, Friday 15th October

From The Celtic Spirit: Daily Meditations for the Turning Year by Caitlin Matthews,

“Expectation and Remembrance

‘Still thou art blest, compar’d wi’ me!
The present only toucheth thee:
But, och! I backward cast my ee,
Oh prospects drear!
An’ forward tho’ I canna see,
I guess an’ fear!’
Robert Burns, To a Mouse

It is only humans who fetter themselves with the chains of past and future; animals experience a continual present. That they do not inhabit their memories or expectations is a blessed condition for them that we cannot share. We do not know at what point early hominids evolved from this blessed condition, although many of the world’s creation myths speak about the fall from that state. Remembrance of the past and expectation of the future have proved a dangerous knowledge. The past has been used to dictate the false paradigms of history to terrible ends: the victim’s justifications for terrorism; the bully’s justifications for conquest, suppression, and genocide. The future has thrown back its shadow in no less startling ways: the utopian idealist’s programme of eugenics; the defensive group’s over-militarization. It would seem that when we call upon the past and future out of fear, we betray our animal origins again and again.

Expectation and remembrance can be balanced by the eternal now. By respecting the ancestors and the descendants equally, we can always find resourceful solutions to present difficulties, especially if we access the daring and courage within us without fear. A further evolution of human from animal origins will arrive when we can achieve the balance of remembrance and expectation with the now that is happening now… and now… and now.

Attend to the eternal present for an hour, an afternoon, or a whole day, without conscious recourse to remembrance or expectation.”

Thought for the day, Thursday 14th October

“Often when with deliberation
I set out to enjoy nature with a capital ‘N’,
my eagerness and expectation
lead to disappointment once again.
But if, without intent, I step outside
merely to hang my washing on the line,
I am completely overwhelmed by the fine
October day:
the singing birds, the sparkling light,
the falling leaves put to flight
all introspection, I belong
to the simple life of the bird song
and sunlight and Autumn breeze,
And for a brief moment am at ease
in the world, disarmed into the peace
of the everyday.”
Anonymous lay Buddhist, quoted in Fragments of Holiness for Daily Reflection

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