Monday, January 30, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba / Flower of the Day: 01/30/17

“The compulsive mind is the source of stress and consequently many diseases and difficulties we face in life. However, the mind is also a great power that needs to be used to our advantage. It is like a vehicle that can be guided by unconscious, destructive impulses such as jealousy, envy, competition, revenge or fear. However, it can be guided by conscious and constructive impulses. The first step to take is to occupy our vehicle and be present. This is synonymous with being conscious of everything that passes through our minds. The cultivation of silence is fundamental to the anchoring of presence. We become silent and gradually, silence transforms itself into meditation. Meditation is presence. When the minds quiets down, the Being that inhabits us manifests.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma / Improvise and Inquire

In the Tibetan Buddhist lojong teachings, one of the instructions for practice is “Don’t be so predictable.” As spiritual practitioners we need to have some curiosity about the unknown. When unexplored territory frightens us, we need to ask ourselves, “Where’s our sense of adventure?”

—Elizabeth Mattis, "Open Stillness"