Thought for Today July 13 2008

The Four Reliances

First, rely on the spirit
and meaning of the teachings,
not on the words;

Second, rely on the teachings,
not on the personality of the teacher;

Third, rely on real wisdom,
not superficial interpretation;

And fourth, rely on the essence
of your pure Wisdom Mind,
not on judgmental perceptions.

Traditional Buddhist teaching

Thursday July 3rd 2008

Two Wolves – A Cherokee Parable

An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life…
‘A fight is going on inside me,’ he said to the boy.
‘It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed,
arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies,
false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.
The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope,
serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy,
generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
This same fight is going on inside you
and inside every other person, too.’
The grandson thought about it for a minute
and then asked his grandfather,
‘Which wolf will win?’
The old chief simply replied,
‘The one you feed.”

~ Author Unknown


Stray dog thoughts

Thought for Today

“I think dogs
are the most amazing creatures;
they give unconditional love.
For me they are the role model
for being alive.”

– Gilda Radner

Stray’s Prayer

Dear God, please send me somebody who’ll care!
I’m tired of running, I’m sick with despair.

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I Truly Love This Time of Year.

Thought for Today

“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”

~ Bertrand Russell

With the coming of summer we have been very busy. The garden is in great shape and we shall have a bountiful harvest this year. The blueberries are getting plump and soon will change from green to blue. The chicken coop is nearly complete and the hen house is ready for fresh eggs. The early wildflowers are at their peak and the summer wildflowers are coming on strong. Yesterday we had a wonderful much needed slow rain. I truly love this time of year.

The biggest problem I have right now is my days are spent outside in the fresh air and enjoying the experiences of nature. I can sit for hours on the creek bank watching the water go by, marveling at the occasional antics of the Kingfisher.

Sunday March 16th 2008

Hold On
Hold on to what is good,
Even if it’s a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe,
Even if it’s a tree that stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do,
Even if it’s a long way from here.
Hold on to your life,
Even if it’s easier to let go.
Hold on to my hand,
Even if someday
I’ll be gone away from you.

~ A Pueblo Indian Prayer