June 2008:

Week of 6/19/08;

The ego is a monkey catapulting through the jungle:
Totally fascinated by the realm of the senses,
   it swings from one desire to the next,
   one conflict to the next,
   one self-centered idea to the next.
If you threaten it, it actually fears for its life.

Let this monkey go.
Let the senses go.
Let desires go.
Let conflicts go.
Let ideas go.
Let the fiction of life and death go.
Just remain in the center, watching.

And then forget that you are there.

~Lao Tzu
from Hua Hu Ching: The Unknown Teachings of Lao Tzu
translated by Brian Walker

Week of 6/2/08:

When the mystery of the connection goes, love goes. It's that simple. This suggests that it isn't love that is so important to us but the mystery itself. The love connection may be merely a device to put us in contact with the mystery, and we long for love to last so that the ecstasy of being near the mystery will last. It is contrary to the nature of mystery to stand still. Yet it's always there, somewhere, a world on the other side of the mirror. . . a promise in the next pair of eyes that smile at us. We glimpse it when we stand still.

~Tom Robbins
from Still Life With Woodpecker

May 2008:

Week of 5/26/08:

A complete life may be one ending in so full an identification with the nonself that there is no self left to die.

~Bernard Berenson

Week of 5/18/08:

"..While the edifice, your mind and your body, desires-- it desires food, it desires sex, it desires security, it desires gratification of the senses, do you know what you want?  What you want-- you that's sitting inside?  You want to be part of the harmony, the mist, the flow, the living spirit.  To put it in Christian terms, your soul wishes to return from whence it came.  And you keep approximating in life all the techniques you can to experience something that's like it almost. 
Every orgasm you have is a transcendent moment.  Every time you lose yourself in beauty or in music or in food, as you take the first gulp of the perfect milkshake, as you ride your motorcycle on a fall sunny day, as you play with your baby and get lost in the beauty of that child.  But the problem is that all of those last only for a moment because they're in time and space and what your soul is yearning for is not a momentary experience.  You're not interested in just getting high again.  You are interested in becoming.  You are interested in not loving, but being love.  You are interested not in just seeing truth, but in being truth.  Not in just enjoying beauty, but in being beauty.  Where your every act, the movement of your hand, the conversation, your breath is always in the flow of things."

~Ram Dass from Inside Out

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