Karmacology: Mindful Living, Sacred Practice

Renewing a Weary Spirit

It is not much for its beauty that makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanates from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
-- Robert Louis Stevenson

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A Cherokee Teaching

S H O S H O N E. D A N C E R.

An elderly Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them, "A fight is going on inside me, it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.

One wolf is evil -- he is fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, competition, superiority, and ego.

The other is good---he is joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.

This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too."

They thought about it for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old Cherokee simply replied: "The one you feed".

Beautiful Adventures

The most beautiful adventures are not those we go to seek.
-- Robert Louis Stevenson

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Every Day Begin the Task Anew

A New Day...

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew.
-- Saint Francis de Sales

Quest after Truth

Natarajasana tunnel.

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

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I Like Living

I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
-- Agatha Christie

Live a Perfect Day

You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
-- John Wooden

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The Secret of Joy

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
-- Pearl Buck

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We Are All Meant To Shine

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.
--Marianne Williamson

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I Dreamt That Life Was Joy

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.
-- Rabindranath Tagore

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Giving What Is Within You

High in the Wudang mountains of China there lived a wise woman. One day she found a precious stone while sitting by the banks of a running stream, and she placed this highly valued item in her bag. The next day a hungry traveller approached the woman and asked for something to eat. As she reached into her bag for a crust of bread, the traveller saw the precious stone and imagined how it would provide him with financial security for the remainder of his life. He asked the woman to give the treasure to him, and she did, along with some food. He left ecstatic in his good fortune and the knowledge that he was now financially secure.

A few days later the traveller returned and handed back the stone to the wise woman. "I've been thinking," he told her. "Although I know how valuable this is, I'm returning it to you in the hopes that you can give me something even more precious." "What would that be?" the woman inquired. "Please give me what you have within yourself that enabled you to give me that stone," said the man.

Photo by jhandelman; narrative slightly modified from Excuses Begone by Dr. Wayne Dyer.

The Afternoon of Life

Thoroughly unprepared, we take the step into the afternoon of life. Worse still, we take this step with the false presupposition that our truths and our ideals will serve us as hitherto. But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning, for what was great in the morning will be little at evening and what in the morning was true, at evening will have become a lie.
-- Carl Gustav Jung

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