“The pollution of the planet is only an outward reflection of an inner psychic pollution: millions of unconscious individuals not taking responsibility for their inner space.”
— Eckhart Tolle (via thecalminside)
“Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.”
— Thích Nhất Hạnh (via purplebuddhaproject)

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“Do you imagine the universe is agitated? Go into the desert at night and look at the stars. This practice should answer the question.”
— Lao Tzu (via purplebuddhaproject)

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“Even the experiencer is secondary. Primary is the infinite expanse of consciousness, the eternal possibility, the immeasurable potential of all that was, is, and will be. When you look at anything, it is the ultimate you see, but you imagine that you see a cloud or a tree.
Learn to look without imagination, to listen without distortion: that is all. Stop attributing names and shapes to the essentially nameless and formless, realise that every mode of perception is subjective, that what is seen or heard, touched or smelt, felt or thought, expected or imagined, is in the mind and not in reality, and you will experience peace and freedom from fear.
Even the sense of ‘I am’ is composed of the pure light and the sense of being. The ‘I’ is there even without the ‘am’. So is the pure light there whether you say ‘I’ or not. Become aware of that pure light and you will never lose it. The beingness in being, the awareness in consciousness, the interest in every experience — that is not describable, yet perfectly accessible, for there is nothing else.”
— Nisargadatta (via oceanandwave)

Q

Anonymous asked:

Sam, sorry if you have already answered this but how do I practice nonattachment? Say that someone says something that upsets me but is not worth fighting over. How do I detach from those feelings of anger? I think I should acknowledge my feelings and reasons for my reponse, but then what? Specific steps would be helpful... I am wanting to practice nonattachment but can find nothing that plainly states how exactly to do it

A

panatmansam:

Buddhism is some twenty-five hundred years old. It is a religion but the core teachings of the Buddha with the ritualistic clutter of the last few thousand years removed is more akin to a philosophy or even a psychological system. Buddhism is not concerned with your soul. It’s core principle is not even enlightenment. 

It is the end of suffering in this life.

Let us examine the oft misunderstood concept of “attachment”. Many people think that attachment means caring deeply for something. It does not. It means clinging onto the way things are, or the way you imagine them to have been in the face of inevitable change. The now is constantly changing and so are the things you have in your life e.g friends, relationships, your own youth and beauty, everything.

What is the process when you cling to an attachment? You feel frustration and/or loss. Frustration means not getting your way. It is the feeling we get when our will meets an obstacle to its purposes. You hit a red light when you are in a hurry. You lock your keys in your car. Your girlfriend breaks up with you. You get fired. Your ego is frustrated and that is the root of anger. Watch a chimpanzee when it gets frustrated. Say when the animal expects a treat but the treat does not come. You can see the agitation build and then an angry outburst, often very violent. Humans have this same impulse. So, we yell at traffic. Bang our hands on the steering wheel and curse our fate.

Yet, really what has happened? You have been confronted with the reality that the universe does not revolve around YOU. Any source or frustration can best be dealt with in one of two ways. The first is by logically, methodically and consciously seeking to fix the problem. Keys locked in? Try a coat hanger or call a locksmith. No need for frustration. It is just takes a few simple actions. The other, when the problem is not within your control, accept. Traffic stopped because of construction? You can’t fix it by blaring your horn. So, you accept. Crank up the tunes. Call your mom and tell her you love her. Plan a great trick to pull on your roommates after school.

See? This is the way attachment works. It is not some complex mystical concept.

๑ Samsaran ๑

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.”
— Rumi (via thecalminside)

Life water

The soft movement of a stream is life itself.

How many can see this?

Q

Anonymous asked:

Why does every single family have such deep issues? It just amazes me. There is no rule book on how to be the perfect parent or sister or cousin. Why does it seem like our best efforts aren't ever good enough?

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panatmansam:

Families are very complex social systems. They are dynamic and always changing. There are some techniques which work in this dynamic:

  • never take sides
  • never take things personally
  • forgive
  • be kind
  • be compassionate
  • don’t be afraid to walk away from a conflict
  • avoid clashing egos
  • be generous
  • give the other person the right to be wrong
  • compromise
  • apologize if you screw up 
  • accept apologies if they screw up
  • do not try to control or change others because it doesn’t work

Sam.

“Incase someone hasn’t told you today. You are special. Stay dope.”
— House Of Hippies (via thehouseofhippies)

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rainbowtwo:

'In Zen, ethics are not simply a matter of setting boundaries to life, or to the therapy process. They are, rather, the central nub of the therapeutic problem. To be psychologically healthy is to return to and live from our core ethics. Actual ethical formulations, such as lists of precepts, are…

“No matter how many times I tell you this, you’re still thinking, thinking,
judging, judging, coming to conclusions, trying to work out your life.
You have to let go. Totally, absolutely, completely.”
— Robert Adams (via oceanandwave)

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““If uncertainty is unacceptable to you, it turns into fear. If it is perfectly acceptable, it turns into increased aliveness, alertness, and creativity.”

- Eckhart Tolle (via thecalminside)
“Negativity is never the optimum way of dealing with any situation. In fact, in most cases it keeps you stuck in it, blocking real change. Anything that is done with negative energy will become contaminated by it and in time give rise to more pain, more unhappiness. Furthermore, any negative inner state is contagious: Unhappiness spreads more easily than a physical disease.”
— Eckhart Tolle (via thecalminside)