If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happens better than all the riches or power in the world. It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.
– Mary Oliver

Giving into joy feels like a radical act in these challenging times. I hope we all have the courage to be joy rebels. Have a great start to the week.

It’s okay to lose people. But never lose yourself.

O mind, my friend, what’s the good of so much speaking?

O mind, my friend, all of this has been made quite clear.

I’ve told you what I know to be true;

You’re the ultimate Reality.

You’re unbounded, like space.

– From The Song of Avadhut

It’s better having one true friend than having false relatives.

Good things happen when you distance yourself from negative people.

Do not let people’s opinions of you mold your destiny.
Let unhappy people have their unhappy thoughts.
Continue on your path courageously.

— Haemin Sunim

The only evil is inattention. It is the father of stupidity and the grandfather of the twins, suffering and sorrow.

— Wu Hsin

Now is just what’s happening because it is the only reality.

everyday life koan: the unanswerable questions of our lives are the greatest teachers.


“It is in the present moment that life, peace, joy, happiness, and well-being are possible.”
— Thich Nhat Hanh

“Everything is changing. Whatever you pass, don’t cling to it. Eventually the mind will reach its natural balance where practice is automatic. All things will come and go of themselves.”
― Ajahn Chah

“To the degree that you condemn and find evil in others, you are to that degree unconscious of the same thing in yourself.”
— Alan Watts

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