A ‘right’ state of mind

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“The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind.”

The subconscious mind of a person can have both good and evil. The evil gets attracted to the dark thoughts whenever it can find the chance to catch a person off-guard and can take control of a person’s mind. And also as we live our everyday lives and come into constant contact with others, we tend to be swayed by an incessant flow of thoughts, and it is difficult to guard your thoughts and to know the true self that lies deep within us. So how can you achieve a right state of mind to connect to your true self?

To attune your mind to a ‘righ’t state, you need to examine your state of mind as compared to more serene nature or the true self. When you reflect deeply on your own mind…

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Qingyuan’s “Come Closer”

Zen Fools

Qingyuan’s “Come Closer”

Once a monastic asked Qingyuan, “What is the meaning of Bodhidharma’s coming from India?”
Qingyuan said, “It’s just like this!”
The monastic asked further, “What do you have to teach these days?”
Qingyuan said, “Come closer.”
The monastic moved closer.
Qingyuan said, “Keep this in mind.”

Student: “What is this that Qingyuan told the monastic to keep in mind?”
Master: “You should not keep it.”
Student: “Tell me what it is. How could I keep or not keep it when I don’t know what it is?”
Master: “Keep it.”

Commentary:
What can be kept is not it because it can’t be discarded.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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Is It Time?

Source of Inspiration

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Is it time?
It is time.
Asking
why
who
when
why
There are no definite
answers
all is theory
a bone well gnawed

I seem to have arrived
where whys what ifs
no longer matter
just now is enough

With this comes a peace
a knowing
that’s more than knowledge
a putting aside
of all the searching
pondering
discussing

Finally I am content.

C risis is an illusion
Only this moment is important
Now I can start living…free at last
T hankfulness sweetens life
E njoying the wonder of simplicity
N ot looking backwards or forward
T aking back my ability to think for myself

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1000 Reasons To Be Grateful

Source of Inspiration

Yeaah, I am finally back after having total knee replacement surgery and a long stay in a rehabilitation facility. It is only fitting that I resume writing poems daily for you by adding to my gratitude list for surely I have much to be grateful for in having a successful surgery. Thank you all for your prayers and best wishes, pat

I am starting a gratitude list to help me remember this prayer: “Dear God, may we always be grateful.” I believe that gratitude is the key to serenity.

Truly gratitude is a transformer in our lives. The more I cultivate it, the more joy and serenity I find in my life. Please feel free to add to this list in the comment section…or start your own gratitude list.

1. fresh breezes smelling of loamy ground after a gentle rain
2. little girl giggles that remind me to smile
3…

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Lightly Child, Lightly.

Live & Learn

Each second the earth is struck hard

by four and a half pounds of sunlight.

Each second.

Try to imagine that.

No wonder deep shade is what the soul longs for.

And not, as we always thought, the light.

~ Charles Wright, from “In Praise of Thomas Hardy,” A Short History of the Shadow: Poems


Notes:

  • Photo Nirav Photography via Mennyfox55.  Poem: Thank you memoryslandscape
  • Post Title & Inspiration: Aldous Huxley: “It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.”

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O, Sweet Sleep!

Purplerays

O, Sweet Sleep!
Unclutter my mind
Infected,
Infested with incoherent things,
Uncloud my heart
Drizzled,
Engulfed in deep slackness
Of irrelevant feelings..!
O, Sweet Sleep!
Get me into your embrace, 
Sneak into me gently 
In no time
With peace of mind, 
Some refreshing rest in heart,
I wish to arise wise
With a beautiful morning…!

~ Bhaskaranand Jha Bhaskar

Text & image source: The Celestial Sanctum https://www.facebook.com/groups/celestialsanctum/

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Friendly advice on matters of life and death

Perspectives on Life, the Universe and Everything

spent all years
in knowing life
its contradictions
mind bending
hallucinations
love ending
propositions
heart rending
suppositions
heaven sent
dispositions
what is never heard
just understood
is the silence
of death
knocking each door
checking each floor
only calling your name
when it is time
fear is not a crime
just a condition
most sincere advice
Ignore all lies
of living till eternity
if won’t give joy
nature is coy
a short time is better
Do what matters
live, laugh, lead,
help brethren in need
sow a humble seed
of tranquility, ease
when the knock comes
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