When the prodigal daughter returns, best to honour she who has learned her lesson in equal measure to she who has been pious/responsible the entire time.  Celebration should be a celebration of togetherness again.

(Just to clarify any ambiguity, I’m using St. Lucy as an example of someone who was dutiful/pious.  People can become just as drawn to the excesses and abuses of authority. Those who maintain their duty to human decency and stand up to any illegitimate power that serves itself more than the people is considered pious/responsible.)

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Overcoming Habitual Patterns Brings Relief

Originally posted on Shambhala Blog:

Book coverTo overcome ego, we have to undo our habitual patterns, which we have been developing for thousands of years, thousands of aeons, up to this point. Such habitual patterns may not have any realistic ground, but nonetheless, we have been accustomed to their dirty work, so to speak. We are used to our habitual patterns and neuroses. We have been used to them for such a long time that we end up believing they are the real thing. To overcome that, we have to see our egolessness, how we can actually overcome our anxiety and pain. In Buddhist terms this is known as liberation, freedom from anxiety, and nirvana, or relief.

From The Collected Works of Chgyam Trungpa, Volume Two by Chgyam Trungpa, page 469

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent (of Water)

Originally posted on retireediary:

Some people like  giant waterfalls tumbling down to the earth, accompanying with sounds like a thousand horses speeding past.

Other people like silk like waterfalls, descending slowly to the earth, playfully, as if making a tune.

I like both.DSCF2948

The photo of this waterfall taken at the Nine Dragons’ Group of Waterfall in China belongs to the latter class.

It looks dreamy and peaceful.

My father-in-law (age 80+) travelling with me was so entranced by these waterfalls that he walked out on the rocks, slipped and descended into the water, together with his camera!

Luckily, he was unharmed.

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The Weight of Water

Originally posted on A Certain Slant of Light Photography:

Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water.
Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it.
So the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful.
Everyone knows this, but no one can do it.

-Lao Tzu


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That which cons…

That which constitutes the highest levels of intellect and intelligence are often on the opposite end of the spectrum than that which gets good grades (and can even be a hindrance to getting better marks, in my opinion.)