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“We each have to stand on our own feet, live our own light.

Often I am reminded of Buddha’s words to Ananda , his closest disciple, before he died:

Therefore O Ananda,

Take thyself for a light

Take thyself for a refuge

Never seek for a refuge in anyone else

And work on thy salvation diligently.”

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(From “Fragments of a Love Story – Reflections on the Life of a Mystic” by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee)

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I am fully qualified to work as a doorkeeper, and for this reason:
What is inside me, I don’t let out:
What is outside me, I don’t let in.
If someone comes in, he goes right out again.
He has nothing to do with me at all.
I am a doorkeeper of the Heart, not a lump of wet clay.
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(Thank you http://rabia-al-adawiya.over-blog.com/rabia-s-poems.html )
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Some people make their goals the stars,

They may live and die never reaching them

But in the darkness of the night,

Those stars will guide them to their destination

because they put them in their sights.

How long will you keep pounding an open door

begging for someone to open it?

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(Thank you http://rabia-al-adawiya.over-blog.com/rabia-s-poems.html )
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Do not worry. There is nothing to find or lose – the moon will always rise, the wind will blow apart the clouds and time will take you where you need to go. You are the place where the two seas meet, where love is uncovered, where silence is mirrored into sound. And yet we are conditioned to worry, to dream in a language that causes misunderstandings, to seek meanings where there is only the moon reflected in the water. We mistake our self again and again, looking for what cannot be answered. And yet there is always this other place, this vastness that calls to us, that draws us out of our existence. Remember it is always here. It cannot be anywhere else, just as love can never be somewhere else, because that would deny the very nature of love.

(From “Fragments of a Love Story – Reflections on the Life of a Mystic” by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee)

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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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