To gain mindfulness and perspective, try conscious breathing where you actively become aware of each of your breaths. Inhale and exhale. Inhale, paying attention to your breath. How does it feel? Exhale. How does it feel? Try closing your eyes for a moment and feel each breath. Conscious breathing is an excellent way to find calm and relaxation.
Two battleships assigned to the training squadron had been at sea on maneuvers in heavy weather for several days.
I was serving on the lead battleship and was on watch on the bridge as night fell. The visibility was poor with patchy fog, so the Captain remained on the bridge keeping an eye on all activities.
Shortly after dark, the lookout on the wing of the bridge reported “Light, bearing on the starboard bow.”
“Is it steady or moving astern?” The Captain called out.
Lookout replied, “Steady, Captain.”
Which meant we were on a dangerous collision course with that ship.
The Captain then called to the signalman, “Signal that ship: we are on a collision course, advise you change course 20 degrees.”
Back came a signal, “Advisable for you to change course 20 degrees.”
The Captain said, “Send, I’m a Captain, change course 20 degrees.”
“I’m a seaman second class,” came the reply. “You had better change course 20 degrees.”
By that time, the Captain was furious. He spat out, “Send, I’m a battleship. Change course 20 degrees.”
Back came the flashing light, “I’m a lighthouse.”
We changed course.
The success of an organization depends upon the maintenance of an equilibrium of complex character in a continuously fluctuating environment… which calls for readjustment of processes internal to the organization. We shall be concerned with the nature of the external conditions to which adjustment must be made, but the center of our interest is the processes by which it is accomplished.
A staple dish in our modern culture: Pizza. Nothing quite like a slice of freshly baked pizza. Rustic / Artisan is where it’s mostly at: wood-fired, though regular oven pizza could make it if it’s got the right ingredients. Dough, sauce, cheese, toppings… Yeah Pizza!
All too often we are human
who explore / look / search to find ourselves.
This place of being we say it’s good / okay / true, when we’ve found ourselves.
And when we haven’t yet seen our true mirror, what do we call that place of being?
Some days I wish I could ask the moon to let me in on what it knows.
Because the moon reflects the sun, only then could I know the nature of day.
To introduce the three-point entrance to this itself---
Realize past mind as trackless, clear, and void,
Future mind as unproduced and new,
And present awareness as staying natural, uncontrived.
Thus knowing time in its very ordinary way.
When you nakedly regard yourself,
Your looking is transparent, nothing to be seen.
This is naked, immediate, clear intelligence,
It is clear voidness with nothing established.
Purity of clarity-voidness nonduality;
Not permanent, free of any intrinsic status,
Not annihilated, bright and distinct,
Not a unity, multidiscerning clarity,
Without plurality, indivisible, one in taste,
Not derivative, self-aware, it is this very reality.
I contemplate the infinite
The world is so
complex yet simple
how does one understand the vast and many mysteries
The simple things.
The many beings are numberless,
I vow to save them;
greed, hatred, and ignorance rise endlessly,
I vow to abandon them;
Dharma gates are countless,
I vow to wake to them;
Buddha's way is unsurpassed,
I vow to embody it fully.
“… practices integral to the mystical life involve the relations among believers as they aid each other on the path to God. Christian theology teaches that the primary guide of the spiritual life is the Holy Spirit given to each believer at baptism, but the primacy of the spirit does not negate the role of secondary guides, skilled and wise persons more advanced in the mystical life who share their wisdom to help others… Among the Celtic monks spiritual advisors were known as “soul friends”, a reminder that at least some of this advice was based not just of the formal relationship of priest and layman, but upon a deep inner affection and true “spiritual friendship” between two persons who saw their love for each other as grounded in their love for God.”
“Let him be a mechanic if he likes,” said Mr. Bhaer. “Give a boy a trade, and he is independent. Work is wholesome, and whatever talent these lads possess, be it for poetry or ploughing, it shall be cultivated and made useful to them if possible.”