Mental-Pause

One Woman's Quest

Where do the words go
when they slip through the cracks
of my mental filing system?

And where is recognition
when words reappear,
no longer categorized
or referenced –
out of alphabetical order –

not even an inkling of recall
as if our acquaintance
is akin to discovery?

(Mental-pause first appeared here January, 2018. This version edited.
Image my own.)

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DO YOU BELIEVE IN YOU?

openingyourmindblog

When you peer into the mirror in the morning who is looking back at you? Is it a friend? Is it a person who scares you? Is it a person with whom you want to spend the day? Is it someone who believes in you? Is it someone in whom you believe?

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.”–Christian D. Larson

Can there be many more important things than having the person in the mirror be someone in whom you believe? If it isn’t, will you struggle to find others who will believe in that person today? How do you convince people to believe in you, when you do not?

What can you do, if the person in…

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The Spirit of Humanity

T R I K A Y A

You have this same potential. Have you considered that possibility?
Photo from Mahabodhivihara

What can humanity do with itself right now? Surrounded by challenges, we face growing crises on all fronts. Whether you are aware of global warming and climate change, or the COVID19 pandemic, you know that the path ahead rests on shaky ground. Though none of us can fix everything, we must accept what we can change, and work within that territory.

None of us have the power to fix all of the world’s problems. But, we all have the power to change ourselves, to make progress within. I propose that this is where humanity starts in the process of moving forward out of the present set of crises. Since we are clearly lacking in our shared humanity, perhaps we should share in recovering it within ourselves first and foremost, then helping others to do the…

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Let’s Talk About Love

Amaya Gayle

Let’s talk about love. Love may just be one of the most misunderstood words ever. What passes for love, is misunderstood, underestimated, personalized, reified, compartmentalized and often exploited.

Love for most, is transactional. If you give me what I want and need, I will love you. If you don’t, I won’t. It’s a love that can be withdrawn, withheld, that can be present one moment and vanish in the next.

One of the many problems with being a desire fulfiller is it is impossible to give someone what they really want. Your lover might think he wants to be loved, but that’s not really the true desire. What is really wanted is to not feel alone, to not feel separate and on our own, to not ache inside from a suffocating sense of unworthiness, to not feel like we are the last person on earth who could ever be truly…

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Let’s Talk About Love

Amaya Gayle

Let’s talk about love. Love may just be one of the most misunderstood words ever. What passes for love, is misunderstood, underestimated, personalized, reified, compartmentalized and often exploited.

Love for most, is transactional. If you give me what I want and need, I will love you. If you don’t, I won’t. It’s a love that can be withdrawn, withheld, that can be present one moment and vanish in the next.

One of the many problems with being a desire fulfiller is it is impossible to give someone what they really want. Your lover might think he wants to be loved, but that’s not really the true desire. What is really wanted is to not feel alone, to not feel separate and on our own, to not ache inside from a suffocating sense of unworthiness, to not feel like we are the last person on earth who could ever be truly…

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Q. Why should we try to see the true-Self?

Zen Fools

A. The true-Self is often compared to an ox, and finding the ox is enlightenment. We have lost the ox, the essence of our being, for such a long time that it has become as uncontrollable as a wild ox. We are sometimes kicked, butted and once in a while trampled by it since it is out of our control because we cannot see it, although it is always with us. The pain of the injuries from the kicks, butting and trampling of the ox is referred to as suffering in Buddhism. To find the lost ox and control it as we please is to make our lives happy.

Student: “What is the ox?”

Master: “You are riding it now.”

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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Lost and Found

Butterfly Sand

A stranger made me laugh today

As he sent me on my way

I’m not sure the directions right

But he made my day more bright

I never know which way to go

I’m sad to say it’s always so

Strangers often now are asked

A vital job to which they’re tasked

So down the stairs he said to me

And soon you’ll see a pretty tree

Next go two blocks and then two more

And just in front will be your door

A lovely man and dressed so nice

I now can say I did look twice

And on the door I stand beside

Are the words I’ll now provide

“You were lost but now are found

Another’s words turned you around

Never fear the journey taken

If left behind you are forsaken!”

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Celebrating journey of LIFE..

Direct Dil se

I am soon to complete “  silver jubilee of life ”  in simple words.. Its my 25th Birthday this June 😉 . Well it excites me for some good cake, gifts if any.. 🙂 looking forward to buy new cell phone for myself.. with qwerty feature off course… but hey what I am saying … this article is certainly not list of my birthday celebrations..

So getting back to the topic…“ Celebrating journey of LIFE.. ”. It has been nearly 25 years now that i am a part of this wonderful journey of life.. I call life as journey because in a journey we meet so many people with diverse nature and leading through numerous walks of life but all of them with common goal to achieve happiness & comfort. While traveling.. we talk, we laugh, we eat, we sleep, & the most important we continue to move…

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To my heart..

Ayesha's Diary

O, my dear heart,

What makes you sad?

Have you forgotten the days gone by,

When you worried and worried,

When you were shattered and dismayed,

Remember that one moment

That made you forget everything,

That made you rejoice,

Good and bad comes from the One,

Joy and sorrow as well.

But know for sure,

You are never left alone,

To carry your own burdens,

Wait for that light

To brighten your soul.

Become that light

That pours love to another soul.

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Brushing My Teeth

Short Surprise Life

I am brushing my teeth.
I am giving the brushing and my teeth
My full attention.

My full attention is a precious gem -
Hard to cultivate, rare and elusive.

My mouth is surprised by my full attention.
It opens wide and offers itself
Like wood to a hungry fire.

I feel the toothbrush ride every ridge and crevice.
The tickle of the bristles on my gums.
My hand, vibrating with the brush’s buzz.
The tongue’s border where the gag begins and ends.
The sharpness of mint.

The toothbrush stops shaking.
We have made an offering to each other, 
As intimate as prayer.

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Burning Zazen

Notes & Silence

Zazen, act of compassion, toward ourselves and the world.
Not in a two-step movement,
But in a single moment.
Through this sitting, emerges an opportunity for all fires to put out.
Zafu : a haven where the wind is blowing but does not rekindle the flames.
Where forests of desire consume without burning the pupils of the inner eye.

This sitting, transformation space,
No system, no belief,
No action other than simply sitting.

Being at peace, collected, opened,
The disciple welcomes everything,
From himself, and the world.

Franck Joseph – ©FJ Dec 2021
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