May 23, 2018

 

So when confusion or pain seems to tighten what is possible, when sadness or frustration shrinks your sense of well-being, when worry or fear agitates the peace right out of you, try lending your attention to the nearest thing. Try watching how the dust lifts and resettles when you blow on it.

-Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening

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May 22, 2018

 

The whole of life has a power to soften and open us against our will, to irrigate our spirits, and in those moments, we discover that tears, the water from within, are a common blood, mysterious and clear. We may speak different languages and live very different lives, but when that deep water swells to the surface, it pulls us to each other.

– Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening

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May 21, 2018

 

Selections for this week circle around the theme of letting go, and they all come from Mark Nepo’s book, The Book of Awakening (Conari Press, 2000).

In essence, shedding opens us to self-transformation. Paradoxically, those of us who refuse such renewal will, sooner or later, be forced to undergo transformation anyway as a result of being broken or eroded by the world.

-Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening

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May 18, 2018

 

Purity does not lie in separation from, but in a deeper penetration into the universe. It is to be found in the love of that unique boundless Essence with penetrates the inmost depth of all things and there, from within those depths, deeper than the mortal zone where individuals and multitudes struggle, works upon them and molds them.

Bathe yourself in the ocean of matter; plunge into it where it is deepest and most violent; struggle in its currents and drink ...

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