945 – Joy

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. – Rabindranath Tagore

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure joy follows like a shadow never leaves. – Buddha

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. – Albert Einstein

Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough. – Emily Dickenson

The garden of love is green without limit and yields many fruits other than sorrow or joy. Love is beyond either condition: without spring without autumn, it is always fresh. – Rumi

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy. – Lao Tzu

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715 – Rely only on your heart

A poem.

Do not grieve over past joys,
be sure they will reappear in another form.
A child’s joy is in milk and nursing,
but once weaned, it finds new joy in bread and honey.
Joy appears in many different forms
It moves from place to place.
It may suddenly show in the falling rain.
Or in the rose bed; it comes now as water,
Now as beauty, or as nourishing bread.
But suddenly it may show its face
From behind the veil and destroy all idols
That prevent you from seeking the divine.
In sleep when the soul leaves the body
You may dream of yourself as a tall cypress
Or as a beautiful rose, but be
Warned my friend,
All these phantoms dissolve into thin air
Once the soul returns to the body.
Do not rely on anything but your heart.

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466 – Hang out your laundry

And bid 2022 farewell.

Visualize all your thoughts, feelings, doubts and fears hanging on a clothesline. Let them become bleached and pure. There is no burden on you. You have ceased to be a donkey with such an overload. Your mind is like a field with bright sunshine and you have aired all these emotions, reactions and sentiments. Continue reading