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Sane Words about Life


No Use Trying To Be Different

Spirituality does not exist on another level, or on a "higher plane," quite different from ordinary life, as is generally assumed. That is to say, if we are what we are, and this existence is not a real one, and we must become different to see "reality," then there is little or no hope, because spiritual development would not seem to fit with the general pattern of life. It is no use trying to be different--different from your neighbor, different from the general public. So religious or spiritual practice is not of this nature. It is not trying to be something more than you are, or something better than you are, for that matter..... We don't have to be different people. We don't have to be solemn and "religious." But somehow, let ourselves be what we really are.
    From "The Positive Aspect of Suffering." Chogyam Trungpa

Quote then From "The Positive Aspect
of Suffering" by Chogyam Trungpa. In THE COLLECTED WORKS OF CHOGYAM TRUNGPA.


You are here; you are living; let it be that way--that is mindfulness. Your heart pulsates and you breathe. All kinds of things are happening in you at once. Let mindfulness work with that, let that be mindfulness; let every beat of your heart, every breath, be mindfulness itself. You do not have to breathe specially; your breath IS an expression of mindfulness. If you approach mindfulness in this way, it becomes very personal and very direct.

Quote from "The Four Foundations of Mindfulness" in the Heart of the Buddha, page
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  "Our thoughts and feelings are no more us than the waves are the ocean."
Richard Rosen in Yoga Journal

Go around volunteering to solve "problems," and you get to own those "problems."
Thanx to Richard R. (meet Richard in the Coffee Shop)

  "The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook,"
~William James, The Principles of Psychology

"Get the last word in--apologize."

  "Knowing others is wisdom.
Knowing yourself is enlightenment."
~Lao Tzu

"The life of nations merely repeats, on a larger scale, the lives of their component cells; and he who is incapable of understanding the mystery, the reactions, the laws that determine the movements of the individual, can never hope to say anything worth listening to about the struggles of nations."
~Marcel Proust

  Say not "I have found the truth," but rather "I have found a truth."
Khalil Gibran

Language is used very precisely at Sanity Island. Here are some definitions you may not have thought of. Check them out for yourself to see if they fit.

Adult =  an infant with a grown-up body and a technical education
    (Occasionally one is pleasantly surprised to find this definition doesn't fit)
Anxiety = Making something important
Awareness = A FUNCTION of life, not a "thing"
Civilization = Nation, city, tribe intent on having their own way
Culture = No competition
Conflict = Death
Emotion = Something that puts you into motion without intellect
    Emotions are feelings. All humans can Think, can Act, can Feel. Feeling is the medium of communication between Awareness and Life (see The Picture of Man). Because we use language rather precisely, we say that "feelings" are all feelings, "emotions" are harmful feelings such as anger, guilt, fear, insecurity and all their derivatives.
Evil = Producing or threatening sorrow, distress, or calamity. The word "evil" is seldom used at Sanity Island, because to most people it means what they don't like (in addition to the above), which is usually just a matter of taste.
Happy = Thankful
Happy = Not trying to change anything
Humility = Not knowing "what ought to be"
Idols = Institutions
Kingdom of Heaven = Sensing without ideals
Love (Compassion) = Understanding that anything anyone (including oneself)
    ever did was felt at the time of doing to be right or proper or justified
Normal = No such thing, each person is one of a kind, unique
Prayer = Pulling forth from within
Reality = Agreement (Precarious reality)
Resurrection = To start living by love
Riches = One's perceived opinions
Salesmanship = Dealing with a grown-up infant without violence
Sanity = Minimum sanity is to know the answer to the Four Questions:
    What am I? Where am I? What's going on? What can I do?
School = Where you discover yourself
Sentimentality = Semi-mentality; not affection
Sly man = Doesn't try to convert others
Suggestion = Promise of reward, threat of punishment
World = Great initiation chamber

  "Oh, Mommy, don't get upset--it's only Not-I's"
Cindy B., at age 3, regarding her frazzled Mom and crying year-old cousin.
    "In the manmade world you might live in the State of Nevada or the State of Utah. In heaven you live in the State of Mind. So heaven is not a place but a state of mind."
April Finocchio, age 90+
"Be careful about reading medical texts--you might die of a misprint."
Mark Twain
  "Some subjects have no market value. They only have value."
Clive James
The Secret to Living: "Keeping the mood up and not making anything important."

  A wise old man to CT: "I watched a documentary on Leonardo da Vinci and I thought of you."
CT (deeply flattered): "Oh, really? How so?"
Wise old man:: "He never finished anything, either."
"A grateful thought towards heaven, is of itself a prayer."
Doris Lessing

    "There's two sorts of women I avoid like the plague--serial killers and those who spell thanks with an X"
Jonathan, from "Jonathan Creek" BBC TV show


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