“Life goes on. I can heal my wounds. I can clear my karma. I will ready, study, practice, realize. I will enlighten. I will be. I was. I am. Buddha nature in this flesh, in this body.” ~ from a 2010 diary entry
I was reading through a six-year old journal this morning. Wow, a lot has changed (and in many way improved) in my life these past six years. I used to be a lot more neurotic, insecure, obsessive… I feel more grounded, trusting and accepting these days. Thankfully.
Today is the full moon in Aquarius. Lately, I have been delving into some new material, gaining new perspectives, shifting paradigms. I feel that a lot is being processed, digested, reflected upon, slowly understood. It is good.
In less than a week, I will be back in Texas, back in my childhood home, for the first time with my partner, who is Colombian. This will be his first trip to my country. The last time my daughter and I went, she was just under two, and we were there two weeks. Now she is just over three and a half and a bundle of fun. We will be in Austin/Central Texas for about 3 weeks, then going on a road trip through NM and AZ to LA and SF… All in all, a trip of almost two months.
I came upon these three gems of dharma wisdom in that old notebook and thought I would share them with you!
“Just as the ocean has waves or the sun has rays, so the mind’s own radiance is its thoughts and emotions. The ocean has waves, yet the ocean is not particularly disturbed by them. The waves are the very nature of the ocean. Waves will rise, but where do they go? Back into the ocean. And where do those waves come from? The ocean. Thoughts and emotions rise from the mind, but where do they dissolve? Back into the mind. Whatever rises, do not see it as a particular problem. If you do not impulsively react, if you are only patient, it will settle once again into its essential nature.”
~ Sogyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
“If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything.”
~ Suzuki Roshi
“The more and more you listen, the more and more you hear. The more and more you hear, the deeper and deeper your understanding becomes.”
~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche