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Saturday, August 19, 2017

August Continues

What you learn
after you know it all
makes all the difference.

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At this age,
I've reached the point
where I can't make
anymore new old friends.

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I so enjoy those
small moments
in the morning,
before the world wakes.

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I am not living
the life I imagined.
This one is
far better.

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In comparison
to eternity,
this life
certainly is short.

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At a monastic retreat,
the sound of
chanting monks
will fill one's heart.

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I avoid the news,
it still sneaks in.
Choosing love over hate,
I weep.

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If one does work
only for money,
they can never
live long enough.

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It's an honor,
a true blessing,
to know people
throughout a lifetime.

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I don't like pretension,
don't even like the word.
I prefer phony.

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I recall becoming
an old man, but I thought
it would take longer.

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Cats are cute and cuddly.
That is, they are
when they're not
being insane.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Runs of August

Teachers change
our world.
We should conspire
to aid and abet them.

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In my life,
despair and longing
have felt the same
as greed and clinging.

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I don'tr chase
happiness.
I prefer to
sneak up on it
from behind.

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Sit quietly,
and just watch
where your mind wanders.
It will amaze you.

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I accept
that every experience
is one which
I must need.

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I don't fear
negative thoughts.
I also don't
ask them in
for coffee.

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It's unhealthy to say,
"that's just the way it is".
It need not be so.

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Don't know
how much life is left,
but hope to
make a difference
with it.

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A thankful heart
gives birth
to at least
a thousand
beneficial joys.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

This is important

My friends:
love your life,
do good work,
be kind,
trust your gut,
and keep in touch.

Monday, July 31, 2017

August Nears

What makes anything precious?
It's knowing that
it is going to end.

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Heaven indeed exists.
It's first class on an
international flight.

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Nothing out there
will give me
what I surely know
I can find in here.

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The face that I had
before I was born.
That is my soul,
my spirit.

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Moving in flow.
Living in Grace.
Being in the zone.
Fully present.

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What if I
was never forgiven?
What if I
just already was?

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"I wish I had"
versus
"I'm glad I did".
Really,
it is no contest.

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Loving kindness
is the basis
of a happy life.
      - Dalai Lama

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If you can only do
one tiny thing
and no one knows,
do it.

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I trust my heart,
but don't make my mind
an enemy.
Both serve me well.

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There's living, then there's being alive.
It's easy to
confuse the two.

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I am more a verb
than a noun,
more an actor
than simply a prop.

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Doing my best to
not figure it out at once.
Now, where are my shoes?

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Things change,
power passes.
What a waste of time
to place one's name on high.

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I notice that when
I loosen my grip,
I seem to have more control.

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The face that I had
before I was born.
That is my soul,
my spirit.

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No matter the problem,
the solution
remains the same:
just relax.

It's the Endth of July

It's true that
friendship and love
can not be asked for.
They must be
offered.

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While most of
my body parts
are changing,
they're not the ones
that matter

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I feel so much cleaner
when I am grateful
rather than grumbling.
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History matters,
but only if we use it
to shape the future.

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In my lifetime,
hope and despair
have been the same
as greed and anger.

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The new doc says,
you have cancer.
I say,
I live in Grace.
I feel blessed.

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Meditation:
familiarizing oneself
with the present moment.

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It is indeed
the height of intention
to keep my eyes
on the prize.

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The shape of memory
depends on whose it is.
For me, serpentine.

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When I think I'm not
on the same page,
I might not be
in the same book.

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Not one thing
can last forever,
not even gentle,
right compassion.

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Flood your mind
with positive thoughts,
about yourself,
and about others.

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We are
independent friends,
not owing anything
to each other.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

More Fourth

Saw my photo online.
It’s not really me,
simply my container.

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I’m playing the cards
I was dealt.
Two very high pairs.
And a joker.

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Things change,
power passes.
What a waste of time
to place one’s name
on high.

Indeed

With blessings and grace,
with mind, body, soul.
That's how I am 
one with God.