In our usual mind state, we are continually activating the process that in Buddhist terminology is known as “bhava,” which literally means “becoming.” In this space of becoming, we are subtly leaning forward into the future, trying to have security based on feeling that we can hold on, we can try to keep things from changing. We are continually out of balance in this state …

When we speak about letting go, or unplugging, or renouncing, we are talking about dropping the burden of becoming and just returning our awareness to the natural center of our being, returning to a state of natural peace. … We settle back, return to the present, and return to ourselves.

Blog post by Sharon Salzberg entitled How Doing Nothing Can Help You Truly Live

You have a magic carpet
That will whiz you through the air,
To Spain or Maine or Africa
If you just tell it where.
So will you let it take you
Where you’ve never been before,
Or will you buy some drapes to match
And use it
On your

Magic Carpet by Shel Silverstein, from A Light in the Attic

Come to the edge, he said.
They said We are afraid.
Come to the edge, he said.
They came.
He pushed them … and they flew.

Guillaume Apollinaire

Do what you have to do
Resolutely, with all your heart
The traveler who hesitates
Only raises dust on the road.


Gratitude, the simple and profound feeling of being thankful, is the foundation of all generosity.

Sallie Jiko Tisdale in Tricycle Magazine, Spring 2010

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