from ReSurfacing® by Harry Palmer
Objective: To increase the amount of compassion in the world.
Expected Result: A personal sense of peace.
This exercise can be done anywhere that people congregate (airports, malls,
parks, beaches, etc.). It should be done on strangers, unobtrusively, from some
distance. Try to do all five steps on the same person.
Step 1 With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me, this person is seeking some happiness for his/her
Step 2 With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me, this person is trying to avoid suffering in his/her
Step 3 With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me, this person has known sadness, loneliness, and
Step 4 With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me, this person is seeking to fulfill his/her needs.”
Step 5 With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: “Just like me, this person is learning about life.”
Two thoughts cannot coexist at once: if the clear light of mindfulness is present, there is no room for mental twilight.
7 steps to happiness
Think less, feel more
Frown less, smile more
Talk less, listen more
Judge less, accept more
Watch less, do more
Complain less, appreciate more
Fear less, love more
All things are preceded by the mind, led by the mind, created by the mind.
There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.
Thich Nhat Hanh
We can only wake up when we realize we’ve been asleep.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
I have discovered that all of mans unhappiness derives from only one source, not being able to sit quietly in a room.
Before enlightenment: Chop wood, carry water. After enlightment: Chop wood, carry water.
Do not speak – unless it improves the silence.
With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Don’t hurry. Don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
Puster du nå? Ja, du gjør vel det… Kjenn etter pusten din… to,tre trekk… Hvor langt ned puster du? Hvor langt in puster du? Hvordan puster du ut? I øyeblikket du hadde oppmerksomheten på pusten din var du zen…
Du er hva du er, fordi du tenker det du tenker.
A cup of tea
Nan-in received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full and then kept on pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he could restrain himself no longer. «It is overfull. No more will go in!» «Like this cup», Nan-in said, «you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?»
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
Et lite vann,
frosken hopper inn,
Bevissthet hvert øyeblikk
After ten years of apprenticeship, Tenno achieved the rank of Zen teacher. One rainy day, he went to visit the famous master Nan-in. When he walked in, the master greeted him with a question, «Did you leave your wooden clogs and umbrella on the porch?»
«Yes,» Tenno replied.
«Tell me,» the master continued, «did you place your umbrella to the left of your shoes, or to the right?»
Tenno did not know the answer, and realized that he had not yet attained full awareness. So he became Nan-in’s apprentice and studied under him for ten more years.
Ingen bølger, ingen vind, tom båt,
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Is there life before death?