If I told you that all you were living for was chocolate and ice cream, you’d think I was crazy. ‘No!’ your arrogant mind would say. But look deeper into your life’s purpose. Why are you here? To be well liked? To become famous? To accumulate possessions? To be attractive to others? Check for yourself. By thorough examination you can realize that saying you’ve dedicated your life to chocolate and ice cream may not be so far from the truth- and it completely nullifies the significance of your having been born human. After all, birds and dogs have similar aims: to get more of what they like and none of what they don’t……Lama Yeshe
there is no pretense for the foreboding turns we take out of fear and doubt….’it is what it is’ and we are so very human….settling in to the mystery of this can ease our harshest expectations, move us away from the strong egoic will and into a deeper, more fulfilling presence with our truest nature….the best surprises show up when we land in our lived life..
Ordinariness is a simple presence in this moment that allows the mystery of life to show itself. When Thoreau warns us to ‘beware of any activity that requires the purchase of new clothes,’ he reminds us that simplicity is the way we open to everyday wonder. While consciousness can create an infinite variety of forms, ordinariness is interested in what is here and now. This is the ordinary mystery of breathing or of walking, the mystery of trees on our street or of loving someone near to us. It is not based on attaining mystical states or extraordinary powers. The ordinariness of spiritual life comes from a heart that has learned trust, from a gratitude for the gift of human life. When we are just ourselves, without pretense or artifice, we are at rest in the universe…….Jack Kornfield
Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths where neither sin nor desire can reach, the person that each one is in God’s eyes. If only they could see themselves as they really are. If only we could see each other that way there would be no reason for war, for hatred, cruelty…I suppose the big problem would be that we would fall down and worship each other……Thomas Merton