Much of the brilliance of the light owes its exist

Much of the Brilliance of the Light Owes its Existence to the Dark.

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ombuddha:

The essence of our experience is change. Change is incessant. Moment by moment life flows by and it is never the same. Perpetual alteration is the essence of the perceptual universe. A thought springs up in your head and half a second later, it is gone. In comes another one, and that is gone too. A sound strikes your ears and then silence. Open your eyes and the world pours in, blink and it is gone. People come into your life and they leave again. Friends go, relatives die. Your fortunes go up and they go down. Sometimes you win and just as often you lose. It is incessant: change, change, change. No two moments ever the same.There is not a thing wrong with this. It is the nature of the universe. But human culture has taught you some odd responses to this endless flowing. We categorize experiences. We try to stick each perception, every mental change in this endless flow into one of three mental pigeon holes. It is good, or it is bad, or it is neutral. Then, according to which box we stick it in, we perceive with a set of fixed habitual mental responses. If a particular perception has been labeled ‘good’, then we try to freeze time right there. We grab onto that particular thought, we fondle it, we hold it, we try to keep it from escaping. When that does not work, we go all-out in an effort to repeat the experience which caused that thought. Let us call this mental habit ‘grasping’. Over on the other side of the mind lies the box labeled ‘bad’. When we perceive something ‘bad’, we try to push it away. We try to deny it, reject it, get rid of it any way we can. We fight against our own experience. We run from pieces of ourselves. Let us call this mental habit ‘rejecting’. Between these two reactions lies the neutral box. Here we place the experiences which are neither good nor bad. They are tepid, neutral, uninteresting and boring. We pack experience away in the neutral box so that we can ignore it and thus return our attention to where the action is, namely our endless round of desire and aversion. This category of experience gets robbed of its fair share of our attention. Let us call this mental habit ‘ignoring’. The direct result of all this lunacy is a perpetual treadmill race to nowhere, endlessly pounding after pleasure, endlessly fleeing from pain, endlessly ignoring 90 percent of our experience. Then wondering why life tastes so flat. In the final analysis, it’s a system that does not work.
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana.
Photo by Kate B Dixon.

ombuddha:

The essence of our experience is change. Change is incessant. Moment by moment life flows by and it is never the same. Perpetual alteration is the essence of the perceptual universe. A thought springs up in your head and half a second later, it is gone. In comes another one, and that is gone too. A sound strikes your ears and then silence. Open your eyes and the world pours in, blink and it is gone. People come into your life and they leave again. Friends go, relatives die. Your fortunes go up and they go down. Sometimes you win and just as often you lose. It is incessant: change, change, change. No two moments ever the same.There is not a thing wrong with this. It is the nature of the universe. But human culture has taught you some odd responses to this endless flowing. We categorize experiences. We try to stick each perception, every mental change in this endless flow into one of three mental pigeon holes. It is good, or it is bad, or it is neutral. Then, according to which box we stick it in, we perceive with a set of fixed habitual mental responses. If a particular perception has been labeled ‘good’, then we try to freeze time right there. We grab onto that particular thought, we fondle it, we hold it, we try to keep it from escaping. When that does not work, we go all-out in an effort to repeat the experience which caused that thought. Let us call this mental habit ‘grasping’. Over on the other side of the mind lies the box labeled ‘bad’. When we perceive something ‘bad’, we try to push it away. We try to deny it, reject it, get rid of it any way we can. We fight against our own experience. We run from pieces of ourselves. Let us call this mental habit ‘rejecting’. Between these two reactions lies the neutral box. Here we place the experiences which are neither good nor bad. They are tepid, neutral, uninteresting and boring. We pack experience away in the neutral box so that we can ignore it and thus return our attention to where the action is, namely our endless round of desire and aversion. This category of experience gets robbed of its fair share of our attention. Let us call this mental habit ‘ignoring’. The direct result of all this lunacy is a perpetual treadmill race to nowhere, endlessly pounding after pleasure, endlessly fleeing from pain, endlessly ignoring 90 percent of our experience. Then wondering why life tastes so flat. In the final analysis, it’s a system that does not work.

Bhante Henepola Gunaratana.

Photo by Kate B Dixon.

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Take a sledgehammer to the statuethey have erected of you fashioned by their own fanciesof how you should look, who you should be.Do not ask for permission.Smash it into a thousand shouldsyou sweep into the dustpan.Then stand naked in front of your own mirrorand dressin your softest words of wisdom, whispering from within.—Kaveri Patel 2012 from We’Moon 2015

Take a sledgehammer to the statue
they have erected of you fashioned by their own fancies
of how you should look, who you should be.
Do not ask for permission.
Smash it into a thousand shoulds
you sweep into the dustpan.
Then stand naked in front of your own mirror
and dress
in your softest words of wisdom, whispering from within.
—Kaveri Patel 2012 from We’Moon 2015

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A collection of my favorite bday sentiments…

Happy birthday to a true goddess! May your day be filled with love, laughter, and ridiculous amounts of fun. You are an amazing, shining soul, and I’m so glad that you were born and are in my life.

Beauty abounds all around you on this celebration of your creation into this realm day! ♥

Casey, hoopy baffday! May your swing be level and your glove be magnetic.

HAPPY BURFDAY TO YOU, SPECIAL WOMAN!!! Hope you have a wonderful day celebrating your crazy, wonderful self!!! XXOO

HAPPY BIIIIIIIRTHDAY TO YOOOOOU! HAPPY BIRRRRRRTHDAY TO YOOOOOU! All my positive energy is in your honor today. I hope you have the most magical of days, I will bake you a cake when I get back. (But I also put something in the kiln for you last night. WINK.) LOVE YA BIRTHDAY WOMAN

Happy birthday you beautiful person you!

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"We are visitors on this planet. We are here for ninety or one hundred years at the very most. During that period, we must try to do something good, something useful, with our lives. If you contribute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true goal, the true meaning of life."
~ HH Dalai Lama

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"To honor your soul—the home of your true self—stay tuned to emotional insight"

Moon in Gemini
July 22—Balsamic Moon: Surrendering. Sun enters Leo. “Do I stay or do I go?” Quiet introspection is supported by the last few days of the waning Cancer Moon cycle. But with the Sun entering Leo, we may want to jump ahead of ourselves into the expansive fun of the Leo season. Paradox is great, isn’t it? Especially when we are aware of why we want two seemingly opposing things. To honor your soul—the home of your true self—stay tuned to emotional insight. To honor your gifts to the world, begin to nurture the fire of creative expression. If you aren’t quite ready to jump onto the stage of life, that is OK. Tendrils of sensitivity still lurk. It is appropriate to be unsure of your direction right now. Wait till the New Moon in Leo on July 26 to set new intentions using the emotional wisdom you’ve gained in recent months as a starting point for what you will do next.

The Moon in Gemini makes a favorable connection to Uranus. Activities that support ingenuity, learning, and doing something new are supported. Most likely we will feel more of the old Moon energy of this lunar cycle tomorrow night (CDT) when the Moon enters Cancer.

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