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Greet Yourself in Your Thousand Other Forms

Greet Yourself in Your Thousand Other Forms


“Your happiness arises not from the circumstances of your life but from the conditioning of your mind.” – E. Tolle

Happines is not outside of us. Not somewhere else later on. Not in the future, when I get that special car or house. Not in a distant time, when I get the perfect mate. External conditions are nice, but they don’t bring lasting happiness. The only lasting happiness we can experience comes from within.

“Training the mind involves knowing how to teach yourself and go against the grain of your desires. You have to use different skillful means to teach your mind because it constantly gets caught into moods of depression and elation. This is the nature of the unenlightened mind – it’s just like a child. The parents of a child who hasn’t learnt to speak are in a position to teach it because they know how to speak and their knowledge of the language is greater. The parents are constantly in a position to see where their child is lacking in its understanding, because they know more. Training the mind is like this.”

– Ajahn Chah

One meditation master put it this way, “No self, no problem”. When we get caught up with inner chatter, we suffer. The stories we tell ourselves about our victim-hood. ‘He said this to me’. ‘I hate being treated like that’. All this constant babble in your mind is the cause of much suffering. How then do we extract ourselves and become free?

Eckhart Tolle would say become at home with the ‘now’. Be in the present moment. The mind wanders into a lot of messes. Don’t believe everything you think, it’s just not true. Is the present moment an obstacle to overcome? Then that’s your problem. When you are in flow with who you are right now – just with the present moment, just this very moment and nothing else, you are free.

I rode past a billboard in Santa Cruz the other day. It was an ad for Corona beer. It said “Find your beach”, with a beautiful picture of a far away beach. As if happiness is far away in some exotic location with a Corona in your hand. Happiness isn’t far away. It’s much closer than you think. It’s right here, right now, in you at all times. You just need to clear the chatter to be free. You are already at the beach.

As a Facebook post from a friend said the other day – “Be someone who makes you happy.”

~ Drew





All the Hemispheres


Leave the familiar for a while.

Let your senses and bodies stretch out


Like a welcomed season

Onto the meadow and shores and hills.


Open up to the Roof.

Make a new watermark on your excitement

And love.


Like a blooming night flower,

Bestow your vital fragrance of happiness

And giving

Upon our intimate assembly.


Change rooms in your mind for a day.


All the hemispheres in existence

Lie beside an equator

In your heart.


Greet Yourself

In your thousand other forms

As you mount the hidden tide and travel

Back home.


All the hemispheres in heaven

Are sitting around a fire



While stitching themselves together

Into the Great Circle inside of


~ Hafiz



We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our
With our thoughts we make the world.
Speak or act with an impure mind
And trouble will follow you
As the wheel follows the ox that draws
the cart.
We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our
With our thoughts we make the world.
Speak or act with a pure mind
And happiness will follow you
As your shadow, unshakable.

~ The Buddha





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