Monday, January 22, 2018

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - January 21, 2018

Both Hindus and Buddhists say human birth is highly auspicious, because it has the elements for liberation. You have everything you need to work with in a human birth to become realized: consciousness or awareness, conceptual understanding, the emotional heart, joy and sorrow.

When Buddhists talk about the preciousness of a human birth, it’s the awareness associated with human birth that’s the opportunity. We become aware to bring ourselves to higher consciousness. Suffering is part of it too; it’s all grist for the mill of developing awareness. What’s here in front of you is what you can be aware of; it’s food for enlightenment. It’s your part in this passing show of life…

- Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: Run the Way You Sit

We experience the gradual awakening to pure awareness that develops over the days, months, and years as we sit. When it comes to exercise, the principle is the same. We let the mind and body go on their own run, noting but not minding at all.

—Michael Hoffman, “Mind on the Run