When you Rest in Quietness,
and your image of yourself fades,
and your image of the world fades,
and your ideas of others fade, what’s left?
A brightness, a radiant emptiness that is simply what you are.

~ Adyashanti

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Lena Jácome

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Hollow Bones

We locked up our wisdom into our bones
And swallowed the keys
They sank in our rivers of blood
And we forgot the maps
Because we had to forget the mysteries
To keep them safe.
We wove our hair into brooms
And swept over our paths
And then burned the earth with our rage
We didn’t teach our children
It was the only way to protect them,
we thought
But in them we planted seeds, seeds and keys
And told them stories and riddles and songs
With no roots, just tangled threads
That would take years to unwind
Just enough time
For the rains to fall again
and put out the fires
For the dams to break
For the rivers to flood
For the paths
to be walked again
For the soil to breathe
And as the old bones crumble
Deep beneath the rubble
We find we’ve always had the keys
Our stories and our maps
Our paths are revealed to some
And the seeds grow again
The threads are unspun
And woven again

~Amara Bronwyn

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Lena Jácome

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Adyashanti

December 2, 2013

It’s coming to grips with the fact that
the only person who can cause us to suffer,
who can cause us to mis-perceive illusion and separation,
who has this much power,
is ourselves.

Nothing in the exterior environment causes us
to lose a sense of the awakened state.

Nobody we meet, no situation we deal with
has the power to cause us to fall out of awakening.

It is one of the most important realizations we can make.
It’s all an inside job.
It’s all something we do to ourselves—
mistakenly, unknowingly,
and often times unconsciously.

~ Adyashanti

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Lena Jácome

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Ram Dass

November 20, 2013

Journey to Awakening

The Flow

“There have been moments in your life when you were pure awareness. No concepts, no thoughts like “I am aware” or “That is a tree” or “Now I am meditating.” Just pure awareness. Openness. A spacious quality in your existence.

Perhaps it happened as you sat on a river bank and the sound of the river flowed through you. Or as you walked on the beach when, the sound of the ocean washed away your thinking mind until all that remained was the walking, the feeling of your feet on the sand, the sound of the surf, the warmth of the sun on your head and shoulders, the breeze on your cheek, the sound of the seagull in the distance.

For that moment your image of yourself was lost in the gestalt, in the totality of the moment. You were not clinging to anything. You were not holding on to the experience. It was flowing–through you, around you, by you, in you.

At that moment you were the experience. You were the flow. There was no demarcation between you-sun-ocean-sand. You had transcended the separation that thought creates. You were the moment in all its fullness.

Everyone has had such experiences. These moments are ones in which we have “lost ourselves,” or been “taken out of ourselves,” or “forgotten ourselves.” They are moments in flow.

It is in these moments of your life that there is no longer separation. There is peace, harmony, tranquility, the joy of being part of the process. In these moments the universe appears fresh; it is seen through innocent eyes. It all begins anew.”

Ram Dass

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Lena Jácome

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Story Waters

November 11, 2013

Freedom is not superior to limitation;
with this realization I am able to choose freedom.

Happiness is not superior to suffering; with this realization I am able to let go of suffering.

Abundance is not superior to poverty;
with this realization my abundance flows.

Nothing is superior to anything;
with this knowing I step out from
hierarchy, competition, and struggle.

In this state I do not judge life;
therefore I do not feel separate from it.

I am so glad of the diversity in the world;
in its reflection I see my own freedom
to be whatever I wish to be.

We are not here to be one;
we are here to be many.

Through seeing that beyond this illusion we are all one, we free ourselves to be the many.

I am not tied to any singular path to be a certain way.

I am diverse.

I am ever changing.

I am an explorer of All As Truth.

~Story Waters

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Lena Jácome

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Thich Nhat Hanh

October 30, 2013

We have a lamp inside us.
The oil of that lamp is our breathing,
our steps, and our peaceful smile.
Our practice is to light up the lamp.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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Lena Jácome

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Nisargadatta Maharaj

October 28, 2013

To see reality is as simple as to see one’s face in a mirror. Only the mirror must be clear and true. A quiet mind, undistorted by desires and fears, free from ideas and opinions, clear on all levels, is needed to reflect reality.

Be clear and quiet, alert and detached,
all else will happen by itself.

~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Lena Jácome

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Kabir

October 23, 2013

When the Day came
The Day I had lived and died for
The Day that is not in any calendar
Clouds heavy with love
Showered me with wild abundance.
Inside me, my soul was drenched.
Around me, even the desert grew green.

~ Kabir

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Lena Jácome

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Ikko Narasaki

October 21, 2013

The mind is constantly trying to figure out
what page it’s on in the story of itself.
Close the book. Burn the bookmark. End of story.
Now the dancing begins.

~ Ikko Narasaki

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Lena Jácome

Saadi Shirazi

October 18, 2013

Deep in the sea there are riches
beyond your imagination,
but if you seek safety,
that is at the shore.

~ Saadi Shirazi

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Lena Jácome

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