Blessing

“Try to bring all your experience into the context of blessing. If you can train your mind this way, you will have no obstacles in life. When your situation is easy and pleasant, see it as blessing, without attachment. When you are going through suffering, see that as blessing too. If you fall ill, recognize that illness is blessing, that pain purifies you of harmful past karmas. Keep in mind that many other beings are suffering in the same way as you are, and pray that your pain may liberate them all from suffering. In this way, illness can teach us compassion.”

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Afternoon run – 4.5 miles

“We find some thought difficult to control not because it is natural, but because it has been reinforced by unchecked habituation for too long. This is important to recognize, because even though old habits may be tough to break, all habits can be broken.”

~ 17th Karmapa

Always There Is Blue Sky

“The enlightened state is like when we fly in an airplane and rise above the clouds, we begin to realize that upstairs there is a blue sky all the time. We realize that the sun is always shining, even when it is cloudy and rainy down below. There is blue sky all the time, and that blue sky is free from clouds.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

“Whatever you are doing, see it as an extension of your sitting practice. Maintain a general sense of mindfulness and awareness, refraining from too much unnecessary activity. You could look at yourself and smile. You could be awake and aware and meanwhile, on the spot. Constant sunrise happens – you reflect that yourself. You always look awake and aware of what you are doing. You respect yourself and you respect the sacredness of your whole being, your whole existence. When you have that kind of self-respect, you don’t spill your tea or put your shoes on the wrong feet. You appreciate the weather, your coffee, your clothes, your shower. There is a tremendous sense that for the first time you have become a real human being, and you can actually appreciate everything around you. That appreciation comes from being aware.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

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