A Meditation
The river that runs in the valley
makes the valley that holds it.
This is the doorway:
the valley of the river.
What wears away the hard stone,
the high mountain?
The wind. The dust on the wind.
The rain. The rain on the wind.
What wears the hardness of hate away?
Breath, tears.
Courage, compassion, patience
holding to their way:
the path to the doorway.
- Ursula K. LeGuin
At Blackwater Pond the tossed waters have settled after a night of rain. I dip my cupped hands. I drink a long time. It tastes like stone, leaves, fire. It falls cold into my body, waking the bones. I hear them deep inside me, whispering “oh what is that beautiful thing that just happened?”
- Mary Oliver
This thing we call love is the pleasure of knowing we have no edge.
- Pir Elias Amidon
What is the value of subduing the earth, the water, the air, of conquering space and time, of understanding what laws govern the mirages that rise from the burning deserts of the mind, their appearance and reappearance? I have one longing only: to grasp what is hidden behind appearances, to ferret out that mystery which brings me to birth and then kills me, to discover if behind the visible and unceasing stream of the world an invisible and immutable presence is hiding.
- Nikos Kazantzakis
Sometimes we become a person we don't even recognize. A certain craving takes over and, as the Buddha says, craving leads to becoming. And what is becoming? It's the act of creating an identity in a certain world of experience or taking on an identity based on your desires. The identity here is either the 'you' who's going to enjoy the results of the desire, or the 'you' who's going to be able to produce those results. This is why the Buddha has us ask every day, "Days and nights fly past, fly past. What am I becoming right now?" Whatever you're becoming, it grows out of your desires and your cravings. And if you don't know them, then even what 'you are' flies out of your control...
- Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Breath is the bridge that connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

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