Appreciate Whatever Exists

“What we see doesn’t have to be pretty; we can appreciate anything that exists. There is some principle of magic in everything. Something living is taking place in everything.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

afternoon run – 7.1 miles

“Insight brings love, and love is not possible without insight, understanding. If you do not understand, you cannot love. This insight is direct understanding, not just a few notions or ideas. In meditation, we allow ourselves to be shined on by the light of that insight.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

A New Old World

“Committing to the practice of meditation brings a sense of homecoming. The practice is no longer a myth, but a real experience. A complete new world, a new old world, of meditative life could be established. There is so much joy to go with that, the joy of being intimately connected with the universe.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

morning walk – 4.5 miles

“The world is a totality, with its brain, circulation, muscles and limbs. We are not talking about the totality in the sense that everything should be good and perfect and fantastic. We are talking about reality, in which good is made out of bad and bad is made out of good. Therefore, the world can exist in its own good/bad level, its black and white, dark and light. Whatever is there, favorable or unfavorable, is workable: it is the universe.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

The Idea of Masterpiece

“In addition to the sitting form of meditation, there is the practice of panoramic awareness in everyday life. This particular kind of practice is to identify with whatever activities you are involved in. You could apply it to artwork as well. It requires confidence. Any kind of activity that requires discipline requires confidence. You cannot have discipline without confidence; otherwise it becomes a sort of torturing process. If you have confidence in whatever you are doing, then you have real communication with it – no matter what you are doing. You are not concerned with producing masterpiece. You are just involved with the thing you are doing. Somehow the idea of masterpiece is irrelevant.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

“Because you have joy and celebration in your practice, it does not feel like a burden to you. You are willing to become a rock or a bridge or a highway. You are willing to serve any worthy cause that might help, so that others could use you as a working basis for their enjoyment of sanity.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa