The Essence of Your Existence

“You have something in yourself that is fundamentally good. Something that is wholesome and worthwhile exists in all of us. Whenever you see a bright color, you are witnessing your own inherent goodness. Whenever you hear a musical sound, you are hearing your own basic goodness. Whenever you taste something sweet or sour, you are experiencing your own fundamental goodness … Things like that are always happening to you, but you have been ignoring them, thinking that they are mundane and ordinary. It’s time to pay closer attention to them and feel the freshness of your goodness, again and again.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

morning run – 3.3 miles

“Spirituality is simply a means of arousing one’s spirit. Through it you begin to have greater contact with reality. You are not afraid of discovering what reality is about, and you are willing to explore your individual energy. You actually choose to work with the essence of your existence, which could be called goodness. An interest in spirituality doesn’t mean that you have a black hole in your existence which you are trying to cover over with some sort of religious patchwork. It simply means that you are capable of dealing with reality.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa