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The astonishing light of your own being

The astonishing light of your own being

The astonishing light of your own being

“I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.” – Hafiz

I want to make myself an empty room.
Quiet whitewashed walls with slant sunshine.
And a fresh breeze through open windows. – Lao Tzu

Some days are extremely fluid, and all possible courses of action are equally attractive. Rather than do something arbitrary, i is far better to empty oneself completely. Then the more subtle currents of life may be felt. One should avoid the mistake of random action.

Arbitrary action will most likely be out of accord with the times. It is artificial, a structure that we impose from our own thought. Such movements are invariably stilted and wooden; they do not have the fresh perfection of the natural.

We do not have enough peace. Yet peace will never be attained by perpetual action. Stirred water never has the chance to settle clear. A tree buffeted by winds can never grow straight. Give up all unnecessary activity. Give up all arbitrary actions. Make yourself receptive. The peace that you seek shall be quickly at hand.

Deng Ming-Dao

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