The greatest challenge is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Cultivate: Beginner's Mind Trust, Non-Striving, Non-Judging, Patience, Acceptance Letting go.

"If you ask me what I came into this world to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud. - Emile Zola

“It was over flat lands like this, stretching out to drink the sun, that the larks sang — and one’s heart sang there too.” ~The Song of the Lark (Willa Cather)

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you,
don't go back to sleep
~ Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi

No one chooses evil because it is evil; he/she only mistakes it for happiness, the good one seeks.
~ Mary Wollstonecraft.

In your light I learn how to love
In your beauty, how to make poems
You dance inside my chest,
where no one sees you
but sometimes I do,
and that sight becomes this art...
~ Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi

Give thanks in all circumstances…Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil.
~ (1Thess 5:18-22)

An American professor inquiring about Zen, visited a Japanese master. The master served tea, filling the professor’s cup full and kept pouring. The college professor watched the tea overflow the cup until he could no longer be quiet – “It’s overflowing, it’s full!”
“You are as full as this cup,” the master replied, “full of yourself, your own opinions, and assumptions. Before you can begin to understand Zen, you must first empty your cup.”

Like the professor, we often go off looking only to confirm what we already believe.

“Ask , and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.” (Mat. 7:7-8)

God, gave us a spirit of openness, a willingness to expect the unexpected.and an openness to the unknown.  Let's use our gift for more creativity, more learning and more growth in our understanding of 'right living' and our spirituality.