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There’s an exercise that can help us reflect on the knee-jerk tendency to cling to what makes us feel good and push away what makes us feel bad:  

Sit quietly for a few minutes and become mindful of your breath as it goes in and out. Then contemplate what you do when you’re unhappy or dissatisfied and want to feel better. Even make a list if you want to. Then ask yourself: Does it work? Has it ever worked? Does it soothe the pain? Does it escalate the pain? If you’re really honest, you’ll come up with some pretty interesting observations.

Pema Chödrön, Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change

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Treat every moment as your last.

It is not a preparation for something else.

Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

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We hear the birds sing,

and THAT
is the source of all
we see and
touch.

Hafiz

 

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Did you ever sit quietly with your back straight,

not moving,

just only cherishing the beauty of silence?

Jiddu Krisnamurti

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Healing depends on listening with the inner ear – stopping the incessant blather, and listening. Fear keeps us chattering – fear that wells up from the past, fear of blurting out what we really fear, fear of future repercussions. It is our very fear of the future that distorts the now that could lead to a different future if we dared to be whole in the present.

Marion Woodman, 1928 – 2018, Canadian author and analytical psychologist, The Pregnant Virgin

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Healing depends on listening with the inner ear – stopping the incessant blather, and listening. Fear keeps us chattering – fear that wells up from the past, fear of blurting out what we really fear, fear of future repercussions. It is our very fear of the future that distorts the now that could lead to a different future if we dared to be whole in the present.

Marion Woodman, 1928 – 2018, Canadian author and analytical psychologist, The Pregnant Virgin

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Mindful Balance Blog by Karl Duffy - 5d ago

Once you are able to quiet the mind, you have a highly sustainable source of happiness. My friends, that is a life-changing insight. That suggests that happiness is not something we pursue, happiness is already there. Happiness is something we access, something we allow. Once you understand that, it changes everything in life. 

Chade-Meng Tan

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Mindful Balance Blog by Karl Duffy - 6d ago

Without stepping out the door, one can know the world.

Without looking out of the window
One can see the way of heaven.
The further one goes
The less one knows.
Therefore:

Therefore the wise person knows without having to stir,
perceives without having to see,
Accomplishes without having to act.

Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching,  chapter 47

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Mindful Balance Blog by Karl Duffy - 1w ago

Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite.

It actually takes guts.

Each time we drop our complaints and allow everyday good fortune to inspire us,

we enter the warrior’s world.

Pema Chodron

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Every Moment is a Moment of Practice

Sylvia Boorstein

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