"You can start your practice of compassion with your family and circle of friends, extend that to friends of friends, and then gradually move on to everyone you meet. Of course, you should maintain your sense of larger vision, but in actual practice, it has to be one. A single act of generosity, for example, won’t eradicate global poverty. If you have five dollars, you can’t give it to everyone in the world. But if there is one guy in front of you who really needs those five dollars, you can give them to him. They can buy a bowl of soup and eliminate one person’s hunger and feeling of desperation for a little while at least. That’s an act of generosity, and it’s how you can practice in a way that is both personal and practical."
"The mind is more comfortable in a landscaped park because it has been planned through thought; it has not grown organically. There is an order here that the mind can understand. In the forest, there is an incomprehensible order that to the mind looks like chaos. It is beyond the mental categories of good and bad. You cannot understand it through thought, but you can sense it when you let go of thought, become still and alert, and don’t try to understand or explain. Only then can you be aware of the sacredness of the forest. As soon as you sense that hidden harmony, that sacredness, you realize you are not separate from it, and when you realize that, you become a conscious participant in it. In this way, nature can help you become realigned with the wholeness of life."
"I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it."
"Once upon a time,
When women were birds,
There was the simple understanding
That to sing at dawn
And to sing at dusk
Was to heal the world through joy.
The birds still remember what we have forgotten,
That the world is meant to be celebrated."
Terry Tempest Williams, When Women Were Birds (via cosmofilius
"When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.
Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.
Therefore the Master
acts without doing anything
and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come;
things disappear and she lets them go.
She has but doesn’t possess,
acts but doesn’t expect.
When her work is done, she forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever."