I was wondering how to start this August newsletter? ..Thinking perhaps something light, colourful and relaxed....Like long warm days of summer.
Some light summer contemplations I found....
* " Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet " ....Thich Nhat Hanh
* " Life should be touched, not strangled"
.... Ray Bradbury
* "O snail
Climb Mount Fuji
But slowly, slowly."
.... Kobayashi Iss
* And then there are the wonderful verses from the Dhammapada...
There are those who discover
they can leave behind confused reactions
and become patient as the earth;
unmoved by anger,
unshaken as a pillar,
unperturbed as a clear quiet pool.
The Buddha lived in this world as we do. And despite all the turmoil he
realized a state of imperturbability - to 'become patient as the earth'. Whatever is poured on it, burnt on it, or done to it, the earth just goes on being what it is and doing what it does. Patient endurance is not a weak option; it is strengthening and kind. With patient endurance we discover the ability to allow our present experience to be here, just as it is, until we have learnt what we need to learn.
The comment is by
... Ajahn Munindo
May the lightness, and warmth of summer enter all hearts and help us to realize patient endurance and the gift of walking softly.