Jan. 17th, 2012

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"Men are born soft and supple; dead they are stiff and hard. Plants are born tender and pliant; dead, they are brittle and dry. Thus whoever is stiff and inflexible is a disciple of death. Whoever is soft and yielding is a disciple of life. The hard and stiff will be broken. The soft and supple will prevail."
 
  ~Lao Tzu 


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Thinking about this, Lao Tzu is describing the strength of water: it assumes the shape of whatever vessel into which it is poured, yet maintains its integrity. It is persistent, like a continuously falling drip, and powerful over time, like the rivers that carved the Grand Canyon.

I like this image.
sabrinamari: (Daily practice)
Change your attitude, but remain natural.

Commentary: Work on reversing your caught-up, self-important attitude and remain relaxed in this process. Instead of always being caught in a prison of self-absorption, look out and express gentleness to all things. Then just relax.

Lojong slogan 24, The Compassion Box, Pema Chodron

[59 Buddhist Teachings on Living Life with Fearlessness and Compassion, translated by the Nalanda Translation Committee, with commentary by Pema Chodron]

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