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You must be completely awake in the present to enjoy the tea.
Only in the awareness of the present, can your hands feel the
pleasant warmth of the cup.
Only in the present, can you savor the aroma, taste the sweetness,
appreciate the delicacy.
If you are ruminating about the past, or worrying about the future,
you will completely miss the experience of enjoying the cup of tea.
You will look down at the cup, and the tea will be gone.
Life is like that.
If you are not fully present, you will look around and it will be gone.
You will have missed the feel, the aroma, the delicacy and beauty of
life.
It will seem to be speeding past you. The past is finished.
Learn from it and let it go.
The future is not even here yet. Plan for it, but do not waste your
time worrying about it.
Worrying is worthless.
When you stop ruminating about what has already happened, when you
stop worrying about what might never happen, then you will be in the
present moment.
Then you will begin to experience joy in life.

(Thank you Richard Rohr and Elizabeth)  <http://email.cac.org/t/d-e-uhlttrk-kyukzidl-a/>
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in silence

King Alfred: Why do you not pray to God?

Uhtred: God created everything that surrounds me … the fields, rivers, the forests.
The land is my church. And I pray each day lord, in silence.
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(from the Last Kingdom – Bernard Cornwell)

“There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.
Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.”
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Brutus in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”, Act 4 , Scene 3
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Make everything in you an ear, each atom of your
being, and you will hear every moment what the
Source is whispering to you, just to you and for you,
without any need for my words or anyone else’s. You
are – we all are – the beloved of the Beloved, and in
every moment, in every event of your life, the Beloved
is whispering to you exactly what you need to hear
and know. Who can ever explain this miracle? It simply is.
Listen and you will discover it every passing moment.
Listen, and your whole life will become a conversation
in thought and act between you and Him, directly,
wordlessly, now and always.
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(Translated by Andrew Harvey
From PRAYER of the HEART in Christian and Sufi Mysticism by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee)
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subtle degrees

of domination and servitude

are what you know as love

 

but love is different

it arrives complete

just there

like the moon in the window

 

like the sun

of neither east nor west

nor of anyplace

 

when the sun arrives

east and west arrive

 

desire only that

of which you have no hope

seek only that

of which you have no clue

 

love is the sea of not being

and there intellect drowns

 

this is not the Oxus river

or some little creek

this is the shoreless sea;

here swimming ends

always in drowning

 

a journey to the sea

is horses and fodder and contrivance

 

but at land’s end

footsteps vanish

 

you lift up your robe

so as not to wet the hem;

come! drown in this sea

a thousand times

 

the moon passes over

the ocean of nonbeing

 

droplets of spray tear loose

and fall back on cresting waves

a million galaxies

are a little scum

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Najmuddin Kubra (1145-1221)

“There are lights which ascend and lights which descend. The ascending lights
are the lights of the Heart. The descending lights are those of the Throne.
The lower self, the ego, is the veil between the Throne and the Heart.
When this veil is wrent and a door opens in the Heart, like springs towards like.
Light rises towards light and light comes down upon light, and it is light upon light.
Each time the Heart sighs for the Throne, the Throne sighs for the Heart.
So they come to meet. Each time a light rises from you, a light comes down towards you;
and each time a flame rises from you, a corresponding flame comes down towards you.”
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https://goldensufi.org/audioarchives.html

Junayd (835 AD – 910 AD), one of the great Sufis of Baghdad, went early one morning to see Sari al-Saqati. And Sari told him, “Tonight I was given a little inspiration and my soul was told”:

“Oh Sari, I created men and they were bound to me and they were coming to me.
When I showed them the world nine-tenths of them became world bound and one-tenth remained with me. When I told them about paradise, nine-tenths of those who remained desired paradise and only one-tenth remained with me.
When I poured my troubles and my pains upon those who stayed with me, they cried
for help and nine-tenths left and one-tenth remained with me.
I told them, “You neither wanted the world nor paradise, nor did you run away from troubles and pain.”
They said, “You know what we desire.”
I said, “I will pour upon you such calamities that the mountains could not bear their weight.”
They said, “As long as they come from you, it is well with us.”

That is what it means to be a Sufi.
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Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee on “Inner Adab” (2007)
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https://goldensufi.org/audioarchives.html