Sunday, May 24, 2009

A little secret

Any Morning

Just lying on the couch and being happy.
Only humming a little, the quiet sound in the head.
Trouble is busy elsewhere at the moment, it has
so much to do in the world.

People who might judge are mostly asleep; they can't
monitor you all the time, and sometimes they forget.
When dawn flows over the hedge you can
get up and act busy.

Little corners like this, pieces of Heaven
left lying around, can be picked up and saved.
People wont even see that you have them,
they are so light and easy to hide.

Later in the day you can act like the others.
You can shake your head. You can frown.

~ William Stafford ~


As a bee seeks nectar
from all kinds of flowers,
seek teachings everywhere.
Like a deer that finds a quiet place to graze,
seek seclusion to digest all you have gathered.
Like a mad one, beyond all limits,
go wherever you please and live like a lion
completely free of all fear.
-- Dzogchen tantra

Monday, May 18, 2009

Two books

I'll post more later on these books, but I mentioned them in class this morning and said I'd post the titles...

The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing yourself from chronic unhappiness
by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, and Jon Kabat-Zinn

In Praise of Slowness: How a worldwide movement is challenging the cult of speed
by Carl Honore