Beloved quotes and stories:
“To be enlightened is to remove the barriers between one’s self and others.” – Dogen
In the South of India, people used to catch monkeys in a very special way. Actually, they let monkeys catch themselves. What they did was cut a small hole in a coconut, just large enough for a monkey to put its hand in. Next, the coconut was fixed to a tree and filled with a sweet. The monkey would smell the sweet, squeeze its hand into the coconut, grab the sweet and find that the fist would not fit through the hole. The last thing the monkey would think of was letting go of the sweet; and it would hold itself prisoner. Nothing could be easier for a human being who came and caught it.
“If you are not taking responsibility for your state of consciousness, you are not taking responsibility for your life.” – Eckhart Tolle
“Seek the poetry of the unsaid. Above all, develop sincerity; it is the key to originality, and it is easier on the psyche than cutting off your ear. Style is not novelty. Sincerity exacts a cost. It means being you, in spite of trends. It is the only way you will eventually be separated from those who run with the pack.” – Frank Webb on style.
“Verily the lust for comfort murders the passion of the soul, and then walks grinning in the funeral.” – Kahlil Gibran
“The answer to the mystery of existence is the love you shared sometimes so imperfectly, and when the loss wakes you to the deeper beauty of it, to the sanctity of it, you can’t get off your knees for a long time; you’re driven to your knees not by the weight of the loss but by gratitude for what preceded the loss.” – Koontz