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Just as with a set of chopsticks

Finesse and simplicity

does not come easy

 

It is as if you hold a horses reigns

You must firmly grasp the steed

with a careful, loving hand

 

A steadfast stance, with heavy feet

Will not let you perform

A gymnasts graceful routine

 

Instead of skipping your rock across the river

Let it settle on the bed to smooth itself

And everything washing over it

 

Push through the crowds and fill yourself with bitterness

Or amble to and fro, watching, asking, learning

Starting conversations to make everyone content

 

In a comfort zone, with nothing to go wrong

It already has, there is no risk

Because in risk, lies life

 

Do you burn the undergrowth slowly

Or wait, and catch the forest ablaze,

Causing harm to all?

 

Become a social drone, collared work, wife and kids?

Or break away from those constraints

And realize the freedoms available?

 

Rejecting oneself to accept another

Is better than being self-centered

But to accept all others, yourself must be first.

 

A fire in the dark is a helpful tool

And a fire in light is too

But are you the spark, or the straw?

 

Do you burn the loaf each day

Or leave it in just long enough

To make it soft and fluffy and warm

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Hmmm...I feel I need to read that a second time.

 

I like things that this...we need to keep adding them each week...maybe just a few a week or one or two a day.

 

Now I'm going to go look for some!

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There is enough in the world for everyone's need;

there is not enough for everyone's greed."

-Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

 

Did you write that yourself? :D

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Feel free to add as you wish, FreeHandGlow. That would be awesome.

 

Yes, I did indeed write those, Demo. Lately Ive been reading stuff like Lao-Tsu (Part of a series of ancient Taoism writings), a book of Buddhist scriptures, "Diary of Marcus Aurelius" (philosophical musings of the Roman emperor, which I unfortunately seem to have lost -sadface- ), and other such works. It takes a bit of thinking to really start getting the whole meaning in some of these, but the inspiration is incredible. I suggest looking them up.

 

 

Another off the top of my head

 

 

Look to your neighbors wealth

Not for what you wish to gain

For not having it is to be more wealthy

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Feel free to add as you wish, FreeHandGlow. That would be awesome.

 

Yes, I did indeed write those, Demo. Lately Ive been reading stuff like Lao-Tsu (Part of a series of ancient Taoism writings), a book of Buddhist scriptures, "Diary of Marcus Aurelius" (philosophical musings of the Roman emperor, which I unfortunately seem to have lost -sadface- ), and other such works. It takes a bit of thinking to really start getting the whole meaning in some of these, but the inspiration is incredible. I suggest looking them up.

 

 

Another off the top of my head

 

 

Look to your neighbors wealth

Not for what you wish to gain

For not having it is to be more wealthy

 

I understand the majority of them. Last summer I started reading up on dharma and the like. I have a book with the teachings of Lao Tzu. Currently I'm reading The Upanishads. :D

 

A fire in the dark is a helpful tool

And a fire in light is too

But are you the spark, or the straw?

 

That's a great one. ^^

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if i find a good qoute by thoreau then i will post it.

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if i find a good qoute by thoreau then i will post it.

 

"Our life is frittered away by detail... simplify, simplify." -Henry David Thoreau

 

Throeau is amazing personally, sorry had to post one as this is one of the ones that I live by :D

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I havent read into any of the Dharma yet. Ill look for some of it next time Im at a book store. And I also havent heard of Thoreau before. Ill look into some of that as well.

 

Keep the ideas coming in, guys!

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try reading Walden, as well as Civil Disobedience. there is a lot of stuff to think about in both of these. The Maine Woods is also quite good.

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"Death is not the absence of life. Death is the absence of hope."- Jonathan Sosulska

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To be great is to be nothing

To be flashy is to be dull

And to be loud is to be quiet

 

 

 

 

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"When you forget all your dualistic ideas,

everything becaomes your teacher, and everything

can be the object of worship."

 

-Shunryu Suzuki

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

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"Thirty spokes unite in one hub,

It is where there is nothing, that we find the usefulness of the wheel.

We fire clay and make vessels,

It is precisely where there is no substance that we find the usefulness of a pot.

We chisel out doors and windows,

And it is exactly those empty spaces that we find the usefulness of the room.

Therefore, regard having something as beneficial,

But having nothing as useful."

 

 

 

"To know you dont know is best.

Not to know you dont know is a flaw.

Therefore, the Sage's not being flawed,

Stems from recognizing a flaw as a flaw,

Therefore, he is flawless."

 

--"Te Tao Ching" by Lao Tzu, translated by Robert G Hendricks

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So it goes.

 

- Kurt Vonnegut

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