Robert Olen Butler writes: You remember things; you can talk these things back and command details. You know literature. You’ve always found your self-worth there, and what I’m telling you is that literal memory is your enemy. It’s been a large part of your identity all your life, and that part is going to want […]
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Food begins to serve many purposes. It is used to soothe, to distract, to procrastinate, to numb, to entertain, to seduce, to reward and even to punish. The once straightforward relationship between hunger, eating and satisfaction of our childhood becomes tangled up in all sorts of thoughts and emotions. p. 16 From Mindful Eating by […]
Robert Olen Butler writes: But this is the tough part: for those two hours a day when you write, you cannot flinch. You have to go down into that deepest, darkest, most roiling, white-hot place – it can’t be white-hot and dark at the same time, but I don’t care – that paradox, live with […]
In Buddhism, thinking is already action. By your thinking, you can destroy the world. but, it’s equally true that your thinking can save the world and bring healing. p. 82 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.
Here are some elements of a healthy relationship with food. 1. You feel happy and fully engaged in life when you are not eating. (Food is not your only reliable source of pleasure and satisfaction.) [Yes] 2. If you are not feeling hungry, you don’t eat. [No] 3. You stop eating when you feel full […]
Right Thinking is thinking that embodies the insight of nonduality, emptiness and interbeing. It is possible for us to produce thoughts that go along with this kind of insight. Such thoughts will heal us and heal the world, because they remove separation and despair. p. 81 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat […]
To be mindful means to have the mind full, completely full, of what is happening now. When you’re chopping vegetables with a large sharp knife, the faster you slice, the more attentive you have to be, if you want to keep your fingers. p. 8 From Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays Nhat Hanh Previously… […]
Robert Olen Butler writes: Please get out of the habit of saying that you’ve got an idea for a short story. Art does not come from the mind. Art comes from the place where you dream. Art comes from your unconscious; it comes from the white-hot center of you. Found in From Where You Dream: […]
The notion of being and the notion of nonbeing both create a lot of fear. But with Right View we overcome both notions and we become fearless. p. 73 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.
[Eating mindfully] depends upon what our mind is doing as we eat. Are we just eating or are we thinking and eating? Is our mind in our mouth, or somewhere else? This is the crucial difference. p. 8 From Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.Zen, Jan Chozen […]
You can suffer because you get caught in the notion of self, but you also suffer if you get caught in the notion of non-self. Right View is free from discrimination and dualistic thinking. You don’t try to eliminate one thing and retain its opposite. You’re not trying to eliminate death and retain only life. […]
The first bite is delicious. Creamy, sweet-sour, melting. When I take the second bite, I begin about what to write next. The flavor in my mouth decreases. I take another bite and get up to sharpen a pencil. As I walk, I notice that I am chewing, but there is almost no lemon flavor in […]
Principle No. 1: In short, successful optimists don’t feel embarrassed to say that things could be better. They have no qualms about imagining an improved world and advocating for it, no matter how much derision they may receive at the hands of the cynical. In short they are not ashamed to dream good dreams. After […]
Attachment to views, intolerance, discrimination and dogmatism, are the foundation for exclusion, fear, anger, craving and despair. If you are truly practicing Right View, there is no room for these sufferings. p. 72 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.
There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. All the rest—whether or not the world has three dimensions, whether the mind has nine or twelve categories—comes afterwards. p. 3 From The Myth Of Sisyphus […]
Using mindfulness we will find that anything, anything, we bring our full attention to will begin to open up and reveal worlds we never suspected existed. p. 2 From Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.
The cessation of suffering and the existence of well-being is the Third Noble Truth. When the roots of suffering are absent, we can be free and happy, and we can act ethically, motivated by our understanding and compassion. p. 51 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic […]
If you see and understand something, be sure that it is something you’ll be able to release in the future in order to get to a higher kind of truth. p. 47 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.
So whatever you have learned, whatever you have heard, you should be careful to not consider it to be the absolute truth. p. 47 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.
We can have a strategy of mindful compassion so that what we read, watch and listen to doesn’t cause more suffering for ourselves and others. p. 38 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.