August 31

August, Thoughts For…

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31. Feelings are not supposed to be logical. Dangerous is the man who has rationalized his emotions. David Borenstein

For more about this, see my article on Psychology Today

30. Words can travel thousands of miles. May my words create mutual understanding and love. May they be as beautiful as gems, as lovely as flowers. Thich Nhat Hanh

29. I have been ruminating about whether I am a nice guy with conditioned defenses that make me seem aggressive, or a nasty person socialized to be nice. Then I realized in truth it doesn’t matter, what matters is how I behave moment to moment. Wm. Berry

28. You may not be wholly responsible for a situation, but you have an obligation to find the best way through once you are in it. Lou Marinoff, Ph.D. (Plato not Prozac)

27. Take away your opinion, and there is taken away the complaint “I have been offended.” Take away the complaint “I have been offended,” and the offense is gone. Marcus Aurelius

25. Lead us toward a speech, which is as beautiful as silence, and toward a silence, which is as beautiful as the sweetest and truest of words. Jean-Yves Leloup (Compassion and Meditation: The Spiritual Dynamic between Buddhism and Christianity)

24. It [speaking of words that bring about harmony] consists of speaking of what is good about people, instead of what is wrong with them. For some people this is an almost impossible exercise, for they have become totally habituated to speaking critically. We all seem to have a special talent for finding critical things to say about the world, about others, and about ourselves! Jean-Yves Leloup (Compassion and Meditation: The Spiritual Dynamic between Buddhism and Christianity)

22. In emotional situations it often seems as if more words will help. Although communication is key, poor communication isn’t always the problem. In that case it is far better to practice being with what you are feeling, rather than throwing words at a problem in a desperate attempt to find a solution. Wm. Berry

21. The judgements of particular times, places and people depend on subjective standpoints and therefore are not the same thing as objective truths in themselves. Thomas Cleary

20. When many little people in many little places, Do many little things, then the whole world changes; But sometimes not fast enough for me. Michael Franti

19. One who follows Tao does not cling to one thing and shun others. One who knows Tao accepts all that comes, because ultimately, it will pass and yet Tao will continue to flow. Deng Ming Dao

18. Man can will nothing unless he has first understood that he must count on no one but himself; that he is alone, abandoned on earth in the midst of his infinite responsibilities, without help, with no other aim than the one he sets himself, with no other destiny than the one he forges for himself on this earth. Jean-Paul Sartre

17. The Way is not difficult; only there must be no wanting or not wanting. Chao-chou

16. Outwardly, the enlightened seem the same as everybody else. Inwardly, however, their distinctive trait is that they have no goal, but simply allow life to unfold with no concern for where it is going. For them, effort, cunning, and purpose are the results of having forgotten one’s true nature. Zi Gong

15. Buddhist philosophy asserts that outward conflicts (between people) are almost always a product of inner conflict. Lou Marinoff, Ph.D.

14. The more you are willing to accept responsibility for your actions, the more credibility you will have. Brian Koslow

12. On a deeper level you are already complete. When you realize that, there is a playful, joyous energy behind what you do. Eckhart Tolle

11. We shall not cease from exploration, And the end of all our exploring, Will be to arrive where we started, And know the place for the first time. T.S. Eliot

10. Regardless of the shadows that cross the moon to make it appear less than it is, to the moon, it is always full. So it is with us. Buddha

9. The wise flow with Tao in life and in death merge with the Oneness of things. Chuang Tzu

8. We are repeatedly what we do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle

7. The Self in man and in the sun are one. Those who understand this see through the world and go beyond the various sheaths of being, to realize the unity of life. The Taittiriya Upinshad

6. If there is such a thing at all as instruction in philosophy, it can only be instruction in doing one’s own thinking. Leonard Nelson

5. We all have a desire for union. In one way or another, all our desires for union eventually have as their underlying purpose union with Tao. Deng Ming Dao

4. When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending. Thich Nhat Hanh

2. Fate is constantly changing and yet we can never ignore it. Coming to terms with that is the secret of happiness. Deng Ming-Dao

1. Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies, but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. Khalil Gibran

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