Friday, April 18, 2014

Joy

The beating heart
of the universe
is holy joy.

~ Martin Buber

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Best You've Got

People are often unreasonable,
illogical, and self-centered;
forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you
of selfish, ulterior motives;
be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some
false friends and some true enemies.
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you;
be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building,
someone could destroy overnight;
build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness,
others may be jealous;
be happy anyway.
The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow;
do good anyway.
If you give the world the best you have,
it may never be enough;
give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
~ Karl Menninger

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Luminous

The world shines about me,
luminous as the moon, smiling like a rose,
and a sweet benediction
flows through everything existing.
How beautiful life is.

I marvel at people who are not in love with life.

~ Hamza El Din

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Best Season

Ten thousand flowers in spring,
the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer,
snow in winter.

If your mind isn't clouded
by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-Men

Monday, April 14, 2014

Give Everything Up

If you want to become whole,
Let yourself be partial.
If you want to become straight,
Let yourself be crooked.
If you want to become full,
Let yourself be empty.
If you want to be reborn,
Let yourself die.
If you want to be given everything,
Give everything up.
The master, by residing in the Tao,
Sets an example for all beings.
Because he doesn’t display himself,
People can see his light.
Because he has nothing to prove,
People can trust his words.
Because he doesn’t know who he is,
People recognize themselves in him.
Because he has no goal in mind,
Everything he does succeeds.
When the ancient masters said,
“If you want to be given everything,
Give everything up,”
They weren’t using empty phrases.
Only in being lived by the Tao
Can you be truly yourself.

~ Lao Tsu

Friday, April 11, 2014

Help Yourself

Happiness is available. 
Please help yourself.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Thursday, April 10, 2014

To Keep Things Whole

In a field
I am the absence
Of field.
This is
Always the case.
Wherever I am
I am what is missing.
When I walk
I part the air
And always
The air moves in
To fill the spaces
Where my body’s been.
We all have reasons
For moving.
I move
To keep things whole.

~ Mark Strand