Archive for July 30th, 2008

The stream of thinking has enormous momentum that can easily drag
you along with it. Every thought pretends that it matters so much.
It wants to draw your attention in completely.

Here is a new spiritual practice for you: don’t take your thoughts
too seriously.

Eckhart Tolle
Extract from “Stillness Speaks”

I remember this quite well when I’m not busily enmeshed in my thoughts – now to actually put it in practice, when I am enmeshed in them!  I think that’s where stillness does come in.  If I can’t meditate in the moment, I can always breathe mindfully.  While breathing if I am doing a task I can bring my complete attention to it, feeling the way my hands move as I perform the task, feel my feet solidly on the ground, and breathing consciously letting each breath wash across my internal shores and watch my thoughts wash out to the great vast sea and dissipate.

Love, Bethie

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The Gift

Time wants to show you a different country. It’s the one
that your life conceals, the one waiting outside
when curtains are drawn, the one Grandmother hinted at
in her crochet design, the one almost found
over at the edge of the music, after the sermon.

It’s the way life is, and you have it, a few years given.
You get killed now and then, violated
in various ways. (And sometimes it’s turn about.)
You get tired of that. Long-suffering, you wait
and pray, and maybe good things come – maybe
the hurt slackens and you hardly feel it any more.
You have a breath without pain. It is called happiness.

It’s a balance, the taking and passing along,
the composting of where you’ve been and how people
and weather treated you. It’s a country where
you already are, bringing where you have been.
Time offers this gift in its millions of ways,
turning the world, moving the air, calling,
every morning, “Here, take it, it’s yours.”

~ William Stafford

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