Attachment and the Mind

“The nature of the mind is to interpret nonessentials essential. The mind creates artificial needs, believing it cannot live without them. In this way we carry a great burden of attachments throughout our life. Attachment is itself a great burden on our minds. We may never understand the extent of the burden till we’re free of it. But if we find joy within, we can live a simple life, free of endless complications.”

– from The Journey Home by Radhanath Swami –


The Master of Your Own Bliss

” Everything can be used as an invitation to meditation. A smile, a face in the subway, the sight of a small flower growing in the crack of cement pavement, a fall of rich cloth in a shop window, the way the sun lights up flower pots on a windowsill. Be alert for any sign of beauty or grace. Offer up every joy, be awake at all moments, to ‘the news that is always arriving out of silence.’

Slowly, you will become a master of your own bliss, a chemist of your own joy, with all sorts of remedies always at hand to elevate, cheer, illuminate, and inspire your every breath and movement.”

– From: Glimpse After Glimpse: Daily Reflections on Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche –

God is Everywhere

“God is one, and everything originates only from Him. The cause of all suffering is when we forget our identity with God. That is called Maya, or illusion. God is everywhere. You need not search to find Him. If you call Him with sincerity, He will reveal Himself to you. God sees within the heart not the externals. There must be no duplicity. You may wander through the jungles your whole life, but God is within your heart. When you meet Him there, you will see that He is everywhere.”

– words spoken by Mahavirdas Tat Walla Baba as recorded in The Journey Home by Radhanath Swami –

A Gift

In a blog post a while back I mentioned a wonderful book called Miles from Home: A True Story of the Choices that Define Us. In it Colleen Lanier tells a very personal story of the difficult choices she had to make in her life. The themes will resonate with anyone who ever had to make those choices that define not only who we are, but who we want to be. She is giving away the Kindle version of the book, so if you would like to read this poignant tale, grab your free copy today (4 March) at Amazon. Happy reading!