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Once a week we highlight quotes that will (hopefully) resonate with you. We may or may not add our own commentary. Most likely, we will.
This week's theme: Thích Nhất Hạnh!
We start with this:
"For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them."
We don't see things as they are, we see things as our minds present them. We view reality through the mental filters of labels, preconceived notions, and the "baggage" imparted on us by family, society, and the culture and institutions we associate with.
To see reality as it is, we need to shed these filters.
"If you miss the present moment, you miss your appointment with life. That is very serious!"
Many people view "present moment awareness" as an empty platitude: it's a short quote over a pretty photo that gets shared on social networks.
If you don't realize this fundamental truth, you'll reach the end of your journey to find that you spent most of your life viewing "now" as a stepping stone to tomorrow and the elusive promise of something better.
"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future."
This quote also eludes to present moment awareness, but it really touches on our need to always be doing something and always be getting somewhere.
In July, we wrote the following in regard to a popular quote from Alan Watts:
"We tend to believe that 'more, harder, and faster' are the answers to life's problems. But you can't solve the problems created by thinking with more thinking."
That musing is one of our most popular, and much of what we wrote is applicable here.
"We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness."
Again, we will defer to a previous daily musing for commentary on this quote: Interdependence and compassion.
What are you trying to "cope" with?
Coping doesn't work - addressing the root cause does. We'll show you how.