It’s a long way there, it’s a long way to where I’m going.
“We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.” Charles Bukowski
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Leave the dude alone and he’ll figure it out.” Louis C.K.
“From the very beginning all beings are Buddha. Like water and ice, without water no ice, outside us no Buddhas.” Hakuin Ekaku
“It’s a long way to the top, if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll.” AC/DC
“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” William G.T. Shedd
Eckhart Tolle: “All artists, whether they know it or not create from a place of inner stillness, a place of no mind.”
Me: “I have so many things on my mind right now its hard to even think!”
ET: “When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself.”
Me: “It’s too much trouble to set up my tripod so I’ll try to hold myself still.”
ET: “True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found.”
Me: “I wish that damn bulldozer would finish up so I can concentrate.”
ET: “Surrender comes when you no longer ask, “Why is this happening to me?”
Me: “These mayflies are driving me crazy, why is this happening to me?”
ET: “Whenever you are immersed in compulsive thinking, you are avoiding what is. You don’t want to be where you are. Here, Now.”
Me: “I should have gone to the Shoe House instead of here in Wrightsville, I’d love a shoe brownie right now.”
ET: “Become at ease with the state of not knowing.”
Me: “I have no idea if this will look good in black and white, I just don’t know.”
ET: “Whenever you deeply accept this moment as it is-no matter what form it takes-you are still, you are at peace.”
Me: “Man its hot out here-it must be ninety degrees already and as humid as a rainforest.”
ET: “Suffering is necessary until you realize it is unnecessary.”
Me: “Put a fork in me I’m done, I’m gonna go home, crank up the AC and watch cartoons like a normal unemployed 58 year old man.
ET: “Here is a new spiritual practice for you: don’t take your thoughts too seriously.”
Me: “I think I have a few Rick and Mortys on the DVR, that should get my mind right, I hope so, I’m so confused!”
“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” Agatha Christie
In The Art of Happiness the Dalai Lama said: “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” In other words, take the dog for a ride.
“It is hopelessness even more than pain that crushes the soul.” William Styron, author of Darkness Visible
“I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.” Dalai Lama, Buddhist monk