November 30

November, Thoughts for…

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30. Acceptance is the very essence of the Tao. To embrace all things means also that one rids oneself of any concept of separation; male and female, self and other, life and death. Division is contrary to the nature of the Tao. Foregoing antagonism and separation, one enters in the harmonious oneness of all things. Lao Tzu

27.  A true spirituality will have you continually facing your illusions and all the ways you avoid reality. Adyashanti

26. However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? Buddha

21. What we call normal in psychology is really a psychopathology of the average, so undramatic and so widely spread that we don’t even notice it ordinarily. Abraham Maslow

Click here to read my article about this.

18. Much of the time, more words are not the answer. Wm. Berry

I haven’t been that into putting up quotes lately. I’m not sure I’ll even continue it much longer. Although I claim to be working on Right Speech, and especially the being more quiet part, I continue to fail miserably. I talk way too much. At the same time, I know that much of what I say is unnecessary. Much has been said before. And in the times my speech is at its worst, it is because I believe just explaining things a different way will lead to the solution. The truth is, sometimes there isn’t a solution. Sometimes things are just broken, or in disarray, or clear communication of the idea isn’t the problem. Or maybe there is some other obstacle that more words will not overcome.

Last week I received an email from FIU’s vice president of student programming council. The email informed me I’ve been nominated to be their speaker for the What Would You Say Lecture this coming year. (It is based on “The Last Lecture”). I feel incredibly honored to have been nominated, and wonder what I’ll say in the unlikely event I am chosen by popular vote. I believe I will start with wondering why, with all the talking I do, anyone wants to hear any more from me. In the meantime, I’m going to try to go back to working on Right Speech.

15. Like most others, I was a seeker, a mover, a malcontent, and at times a stupid hell-raiser. I was never idle long enough to do much thinking, but I felt somehow that some of us were making real progress, that we had taken an honest road, and that the best of us would inevitably make it over the top. At the same time, I shared a dark suspicion that the life we were leading was a lost cause, that we were all actors, kidding ourselves along on a senseless odyssey. It was the tension between these two poles – a restless idealism on one hand and a sense of impending doom on the other – that kept me going. Hunter S. Thompson

Thanks to Beatriz for posting this quote.

13. You have two choices: to control your mind or to let your mind control you. Paulo Coelho

11. Often the story we’ve told ourselves overpowers the present. Wm Berry

10. The selfish, they’re all standing in line

Faithing and hoping to buy themselves time

Me, I figure as each breath goes by

I only own my mind


The North is to South what the clock is to time

There’s east and there’s west and there’s everywhere life

I know I was born and I know that I’ll die

The in between is mine

I am mine


And the feeling, it gets left behind

All the innocence lost at one time

Significant, behind the eyes

There’s no need to hide

We’re safe tonight


The ocean is full ’cause everyone’s crying

The full moon is looking for friends at hightide

The sorrow grows bigger when the sorrow’s denied

I only know my mind

I am mine

Pearl Jam, I Am Mine

9. Everything is imaginary, especially what you love. Bright Eyes

7. Sometimes things don’t get fixed, we just learn to live with them broken. Wm. Berry

6. It is highly significant, and indeed almost a rule, that moral courage has its source in identification through one’s own sensitivity with the suffering of one’s fellow human beings. Rollo May

3. What words are resonating with you today? What is going on in your mind, when you slow down and observe it? What wisdom is already there?

For me, it is this lyric by Bright Eyes. The Song is At The Bottom Of Everything:

We must talk in every telephone
Get eaten off the web
We must rip out all the epilogues in the books that we have read
And in the face of every criminal
Strapped firmly to a chair
We must stare, we must stare, we must stare
We must take all of the medicines too expensive now to sell
Set fire to the preacher who is promising us hell
And in the ear of every anarchist that sleeps but doesn’t dream
We must sing, we must sing, we must sing
It’ll go like this:
While my mother waters plants
My father loads his guns
He says death will give us back to God
Just like this setting sun is returned to this lonesome ocean
And then they splashed into the deep blue sea
It was a wonderful splash
We must blend into the choir
Sing as static with the whole
We must memorize nine numbers and deny we have a soul
And in this endless race for property and privilege to be won
We must run, we must run, we must run
We must hang up in the belfry
Where the bats and moonlight laugh
We must stare into a crystal ball and only see the past
And in the caverns of tomorrow
With just our flashlights and our love
We must plunge, we must plunge, we must plunge
And then we’ll get down there, way down to the very bottom of everything
And then we’ll see it, oh we’ll see it, we’ll see it, we’ll see it
Oh my morning’s coming back
The whole world’s waking up
All the city buses swimming past
I’m happy just because
I found out I am really no one

2. The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don’t wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy. Thich Nhat Hanh

I have been surrounded by suffering lately, as I said about a week or so ago. For whatever reason, I have been more in touch or in tune  with others suffering. Sometimes there is really nothing to say or do, other than have compassion. Feelings must be felt, must be dealt with. The process of suffering must be honored. We all suffer. We all try to be happy, as I quoted yesterday.

The other day I was going through some of the quotes I’ve been posting for over a year now. There is so much knowledge contained there. At the same time I wonder if the best thing to do isn’t to just shut-up. Sometimes I feel as if everything has been said. Maybe it is time to be quiet. Maybe it is time to just reflect on the all the words, all the quotes, all the knowledge we all have attained. Or perhaps to just put all of the knowledge aside and just be: Be happy. Or be with our suffering. Or a little of both, mixed together, as life often is.

1. Remember, we all want the same things: to be happy and be loved. The Dalai Lama

I read this over a year ago, (although I can’t find the source). It was from four suggestions The Dalai Lama made regarding being more compassionate. I wanted to start the month off with this quote, with this idea: Perhaps I am taking it a step further, but we should just remember that no matter how people act, their simple goal is to be happy. Every single person is just trying to bring happiness into their lives, no matter how dysfunctionally they are trying to do that. Understanding it may help you distance yourself from their act, from any slight you might feel. Try to remember that today, and maybe all month, or maybe every moment for the rest of your existence.

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