Photo: Alex Markovich.
Refuse all thoughts except one: the thought ‘I am’. The mind will rebel in the beginning, but with patience and perseverance it will yield and keep quiet. Once you are quiet, things will begin to happen spontaneously and quite naturally without any interference on your part.
Live your life as it comes, but alertly, watchfully, allowing everything to happen as it happens, doing the natural things the natural way, suffering, rejoicing − as life brings.Nisargadatta Maharaj
A wheel has spokes,
but it rotates around a hollow center.
A pot is made out of clay or glass,
but you keep things in the space inside.
A house is made of wood or brick,
but you live between the walls.
We work with something,
but we use nothing.Tao Te Ching. Translation by Ron Hogan.
The first cold shower.
Even the monkey seems to want
A little coat of straw.
The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.Robert M. Pirsig