ifindkarma. elegance is refusal.

September 18, 2010

Enlightenment…

Express yourself completely,
then become
quiet.

Open yourself to
heaven and earth,
and be like the forces of nature:

when the wind blows,
there is only the wind;
when it rains,
there is only rain;
when the clouds pass,
the sun promises to shine.

If you open yourself to insight,
you are
at one with insight,
and you can use it completely.

Open yourself to heaven and earth,
then trust your natural
responses;
and
everything
will
fall into place.

~ Lao Tse


 

We are all connected to each other,
in a circle, in a hoop that never ends.

How high does the sycamore grow?
If you cut it down, then you’ll never know

And if you can only know one thing, be here now

Three things in human life are important:
The first is to be kind.
The second is to be kind.
And the third is to be kind.
     ~ Henry James

See, it’s all connected


Nothing_is_original

 

It’s like Jim Jarmusch says…

It’s not where you take things from.
It’s where you take them to…

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23 Comments »

  1. How I got here…1. I started with the Great Wall of Facebook, and how Facebook had snubbed Google:http://www.wired.com/techbiz/it/magazine/17-07/ff_facebookwall2. So I began contemplating the role of luck…http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2009/01/29/how-to-make-your-own-luck/http://www.rd.com/home-garden/how-to-get-lucky/article27664.htmlhttp://www.quora.com/What-traits-do-lucky-people-share3. Which make me think about 101 variations on Rock Paper Scissors…http://umop.com/rps.htm4. Which brought me to everything is everythang…http://ifindkarma.posterous.com/everything-is-everythangWhich brought me here.And here I shall sit for a while. And reflect.

    Comment by Anonymous — September 18, 2010 @ 9:50 pm

  2. Think I first found you in 1999 on sixdegrees.com, Adam. Fellow traveller since then…thanks for providing the path.

    Comment by Anonymous — September 19, 2010 @ 2:50 am

  3. Hal, cool, that’s about a dozen years and a dozen social networks ago… And really makes me wonder what we’ll be doing in 2022… 🙂

    Comment by Anonymous — September 19, 2010 @ 5:34 pm

  4. Ancient master says: If you like everything, then you like nothing. But if you love everything, you have the world.Source: Kurt Thamshttp://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500040414&v=wall&story_fbid=151183458248881

    Comment by Anonymous — September 20, 2010 @ 5:48 pm

  5. Five lessons on how to treat people:http://itstimtime.tumblr.com/post/1331369369/five-lessons-on-how-to-treat-people

    Comment by Anonymous — October 17, 2010 @ 11:10 pm

  6. ???Enlightenment does not ask you to be perfect; it simply asks you to find perfection right where you stand.??? Alan Cohen

    Comment by Anonymous — May 5, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

  7. Beautiful, man. Just beautiful.

    Comment by kamalravikant — May 8, 2011 @ 7:22 am

  8. LOVE! SO happy to find kindred spirits in this world! XX 🙂

    Comment by SeemaSugandh — May 10, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

  9. Thank you both! 🙂

    Comment by Anonymous — June 10, 2011 @ 11:16 pm

  10. Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. ~ Zen proverbSource: http://thinkexist.com/quotation/before_enlightenment-chop_wood-carry_water-after/12746.html

    Comment by Anonymous — June 10, 2011 @ 11:18 pm

  11. "Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success." ~ Swami Sivananda http://ifindkarma.posterous.com/eighty-percent-of-success-is-showing-upWork. What does the word mean to you? Is it something to be avoided? Is it a means to an end? Is it the only appropriate focus of your attention and energy? Is it a way to avoid the rest of your life? Is it a joy? Is it a part of your spiritual practice?There is a Zen saying, "Before Enlightenment chop wood carry water, after Enlightenment, chop wood carry water."What???s the difference? The tasks are the same. The need is the same. What about the frame of mind? Who is chopping? Who is carrying water?When you labor, stay awake. Notice the frame of mind you bring to your work. Do you approach your work as if it were a nuisance? Do you remove your consciousness from work so that you are filled with resentment or worry? What would you need to do to be more fully present in your work?Practice mindfulness in work. It does little good to attain clarity of mind on your meditation cushion if you lose it as soon as you become active. Start with simple activities like brushing your teeth, ironing clothes, or washing dishes. Be fully alert as you move. Notice the position of your body in space. Notice the feelings in your body as you move. Pay attention to the thoughts that enter your mind when you do the task. See if you can let them go and just focus on the work itself.If you are cleaning a countertop, feel the sponge in your hand. Feel the wetness. Feel the texture. Observe how the sponge moves in your hand from the sink to the counter. Sense your movements as you scrub. What do your eyes see? What do you hear as you work? Clean that countertop as if it were the most important thing you could do. Move with fluid motions. Waste no energy. Allow yourself the grace of economy of motion. Be grateful for the countertop, the sponge, the water, the soap. Be grateful for the hand, the arm, the whole body that can move a sponge. Be thankful for the floor you stand on and the roof that protects you. Without letting your mind wander too far, be grateful for all the circumstances that put you where you are at that moment with that sponge and that water and that countertop.We travel to the ocean or to mountains, rivers and canyons, in part to escape the mundane world of work, but also to experience the awe that arises more spontaneously in nature???s magnificence. We give ourselves an incredible gift when we can experience some of the same awe in the mundane world of our daily lives. The weed that grows in the crack of a sidewalk is a phenomenon as miraculous as the redwood tree that towers into the sky. The raindrops that streak the window are no less an occasion for awe than the spray that dampens our face at the waterfall. The fingers that tap a keyboard are as worthy of praise as the feet of a ballet dancer.When we open awareness to the tasks in our lives they become lighter. When we are able to be in the moment, we no longer feel compelled to watch the clock. Whatever your work might be, bring all of yourself to it. When you are fully present, you may find that your labor is no longer a burden. Wood is chopped. Water is carried. Life happens.Source: http://www.interluderetreat.com/meditate/chop.htm

    Comment by Anonymous — June 10, 2011 @ 11:21 pm

  12. "The farther one travels, the less one knows."~ Lao TsuSource: http://twitter.com/dailyzen/status/77885919318913024And also "The Inner Light": http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/839/

    Comment by Anonymous — June 10, 2011 @ 11:33 pm

  13. Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exup??ryhttp://ifindkarma.posterous.com/you-become-responsible-forever-for-what-you-h

    Comment by Anonymous — June 17, 2011 @ 7:33 pm

  14. Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.~ Zen Proverb, http://thinkexist.com/quotation/before_enlightenment-chop_wood-carry_water-after/12746.htmlLife is like business. It’s 20 percent what happens to you, and 80 percent how you respond: http://ifindkarma.posterous.com/life-is-like-business-its-20-percent-what-hap

    Comment by Anonymous — June 18, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

  15. Only kindness matters in the end.http://ifindkarma.posterous.com/only-kindness-matters-in-the-end

    Comment by Anonymous — August 30, 2011 @ 9:02 pm

  16. Be who you are, as hard as you can.http://ifindkarma.posterous.com/be-who-you-are-as-hard-as-you-can

    Comment by Anonymous — September 13, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

  17. Everything will fall into place.http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150305719963717&set=a.243879578716.137554.243843828716&type=1

    Comment by Anonymous — September 25, 2011 @ 7:31 am

  18. Be kind to people, and people will be kind to you.http://ifindkarma.posterous.com/kittie-heaven-is-mousie-hell

    Comment by Anonymous — December 29, 2011 @ 3:56 am

  19. Clear your mind, and what to do will be clear.http://ifindkarma.posterous.com/be-lucky

    Comment by Anonymous — January 25, 2012 @ 1:38 am

  20. Is it "a hoop that never ends" or "a loop that never ends"?http://ifindkarma.tumblr.com/post/16771236182/we-are-all-connected-to-each-other-in-a-circle

    Comment by Anonymous — January 30, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

  21. When I am silent,I fall into the place where everything is music.~ Rumihttp://ifindkarma.tumblr.com/post/17274824857/when-i-am-silent-i-fall-into-the-place-where

    Comment by Anonymous — February 8, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

  22. But without the dark, we’d never see the stars.http://ifindkarma.tumblr.com/post/15283543514/without-the-dark-wed-never-see-the-stars

    Comment by Anonymous — February 26, 2012 @ 10:14 am

  23. The 12 Laws of Karma:http://pandawhale.com/convo/539/the-12-laws-of-karma

    Comment by Anonymous — March 10, 2012 @ 5:20 am


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