The mighty River

A lesson I am still working on. Sometimes the best response is silence.

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See the duck gliding on the pond? All serene on the surface, calm, Zen master. But beneath the surface, his legs beat furiously, propelling him on his way.

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When presented with a challenge, give yourself to it fully. But do not lose your composure. When you have given your best effort, walk away content. You did what you could.

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My dog is approaching enlightenment. He has mastered “no mind” and truly lives in the moment.
Nevermind about my dog being enlightened………… He found something dead in the yard and is rolling on it.

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The only moment in time that matters, is the present. Everything else is out of your control.
You can’t change the past, only learn from it.
You can’t predict the future, only prepare for it.
The only moment you have any real control over, is now.

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As soon as you begin to approach a new level of understanding, you should expect everyone who knows you to try to pull you down. It isn’t that they are trying to hold you back, it is that they don’t want to let you go, and maybe a little bit that your growth reflects back their own stagnation. Easier to hold you back than to grow along with you.

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Every interaction with another can be viewed as an exchange of energy. Surround yourself with those who empower you, and lift you up. Not with those who drag you down.

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If you know in your heart that the answer is yes. Prepare yourself for the person who knows in his heart that the answer is no. You might both be correct. (You might both be incorrect) Your positions have nothing to do with each other.

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Ignorance abhors wisdom. It fears it, hates it, rails against it. Yet wisdom effortlessly defeats ignorance but only when it is paired with patience.

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Life is made up of billions of single moments happening within the beat of the heart. Each one is singular. In that moment will you be a hero, a fool, something in between? Previous successes and failures shape who you become, but each moment stands alone. What will you be right now?

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Eyes looking too far down the path ahead miss the hole beneath your feet, and miss the beautiful flowers along the path. Eyes looking behind miss the fork in the road and get you lost. Keep your focus in the now. Make this moment the best it can be.

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Television blaring, dishwasher running, street sounds raging.
Why do we not find the Tao? Who can concentrate in all this mess?

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