Posted by: Stephen Paul | February 6, 2018

Life is not a distraction, life is an occasion for meditation

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | February 3, 2018

God plays hide and seek pretending to be you and me

Now when God plays hide and seek and pretends that he is you and I, he does it so well that it takes him a long time to remember where and how he hid himself. But that’s the whole fun of it – just what he wanted to do. He doesn’t want to find himself too quickly, for that would spoil the game. That is why it is so difficult for you and me to find out that we are God in disguise, pretending not to be himself.

But when the game has gone on long enough, all of us will wake up, stop pretending, and remember that we are all one single Self – the God who is all that there is and who lives for ever and ever.

~ Alan Watts

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | January 27, 2018

You are the animating consciousness

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | January 26, 2018

So much to unlearn

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | January 21, 2018

Stripping away what is unnecessary

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“Even with its storms, winter is the quietest time of year. There is nothing like the quiet after a storm. If you have had the privilege of being in the mountains right after a snowfall when there’s no wind, nothing moving, the snow is sucking up every sound, and you hear a deep silence everywhere, you know how potent this silence is. In a real sense, self-inquiry is a spiritual induced form of wintertime. It’s not about looking for a right answer so much as stripping away and letting you see what is not necessary, what you can do without, what you are without your leaves. In human beings, we do not call these leaves. We call them ideas, concepts, attachments, and conditioning. All of this forms your identity. Wouldn’t it be terrible if the trees outside identified themselves by their leaves? These are very flimsy things to be attached to.”


Posted by: Stephen Paul | January 19, 2018

Calm inside radiate healing, peace, joy–without a word

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“When our mind is racing and noisy,
outward calm is only a pretense.
But when we can find space and calm inside,
then without effort we radiate peace and joy.
We are able to help others and create a more healing environment around us,
without uttering a single word.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

Posted by: Stephen Paul | January 18, 2018

The journey from the head back to the heart

“We were born with silence,

and as we grew up we lost the silence and we were filled with words.

We lived in our hearts,

and as time passed we moved into our heads.

Now the reverse of this journey is enlightenment.

It is the journey from the head back to the heart,

from words back to silence;

getting back to our innocence in spite of our intelligence.”


Eckhart Tolle

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | January 7, 2018

Moment to moment follow the Way

When mortals are alive, they worry about death.
When they’re full, they worry about hunger.
Theirs is the great uncertainty.
But sages don’t consider the past.
And they don’t worry about the future.
Nor do they cling to the present.
And from moment to moment they follow the Way.

~ Bodhidharma

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | January 2, 2018

She lets it be

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She lets the confused stay confused
if that is what they want
and is always available
to those with a passion for the truth.

In the welter of opinions,
she is content with not-knowing.
She makes distinctions
but doesn’t take them seriously.

She sees the world constantly breaking
apart, and stays centered in the whole.

She sees the world endlessly changing
and never wants it to be
different from what it is.

~ Chuang Tzu (adapted by Stephen Mitchell)

Posted by: Stephen Paul | January 1, 2018

Optimistic about 2018

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