If at times you feel numb or distanced from the essence of what you know, perhaps your mind, like the sage’s teacup, is too full. Perhaps, like a bowl too full of fish, your deepest thoughts have no room to move. To let God like a great wind rim our head like an empty bowl. Information is not wisdom. But how do we empty the mind? By not overthinking. By not replaying fears or dreams or doubts or praise. By choosing the most important thing on our endless list of things to do & doing it fully after tearing up the list…..Mark Nepo
we run on adrenalin & feel pretty good about that…not knowing when to just stop….not knowing how to just stop….not feeling right about saying I need to just stop….never finding the right time to just stop…
we don’t empty….we don’t routinely refuel with nature, poetry, tea, walking, music, art, bubble baths, moon watching, cat hugs…..
It isn’t easy in our complicated world to enjoy the pleasures of ordinary living- children, family, neighborhood, nature, walking, gathering, eating together. I imagine life not as an ambitious quest, but as an anti-quest, a search for the ordinary & a cultivation of the unexceptional.
we walk right out of our skin….disconnected….we’re all head…no body….
When you try to stop activity to achieve passivity, your very effort fills you with activity…..Jianzhi Sengcan