wan light of a new moon

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Closing one’s eyes to the richness of daily life is letting the joy of life pass by and only being half alive. For a very long time joy aroused in me a kind of persistent sense of guilt, as though happiness put a gulf between me and those who suffer, as though I were spiting them by feeling good. Today I understand that it’s not a troubled soul, crippled with wounds, who is best able to lend a helping hand to those in trouble. It is even my duty to do everything I can to root out of my heart anything that moves me to bitterness and sadness.

Contemplating everything beautiful in my life delights and recharges me. But the moment I try to grasp and possess these gifts, joy leaves me almost at once. Appreciating without becoming attached- that’s the whole challenge. We cannot give what we have not received, and that is one of the great things about being human. the art of compassion is practised in the present moment.

~Alexandre Jollien

under a new and powerful, cold moon…….all you need is here in between all you give and receive….

inquiry for today~   feel into your winter bones……make yourself known…..

for the old habits

You want what you don’t have, and you don’t have what you want, and so you suffer and continue to suffer. It is so perplexing, why not simply reverse it? Why not “want” what you have and “not want” what you don’t have? You could be happy. Freedom is here for the taking. you want little things when you could have the entire universe- eternity, eternal life- take that.

~Nisargadatta Maharaj

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