June 26th, 2011

Meditation Fodder Galore!!!..

Stolen from elaine4queen 

If a man does not think too much, he rejoices at rising in the morning, and at eating and drinking. He finds satisfaction in them and does not want them to be otherwise. But if he ceases to take things for granted, he seeks eagerly and hopefully during the course of the day for moments of real life, the radiance of which makes him rejoice and obliterates the awareness of time and all thoughts on the meaning and purpose of everything. One can call these moments creative, because they seem to give a feeling of union with the creator, and while they last, one is sensible of everything being necessary, even what is seemingly fortuitous. It is what the mystics call union with God. Perhaps it is the excessive radiance of these moments that make everything else appear so dark. Perhaps it is the feeling of liberation, the enchanting lightness and the suspended bliss that make the rest of life seem so difficult, demanding and oppressive. I do not know. I have not travelled very far in thought and philosophy. However I do know that if there is a state of bliss and a paradise, it must be an uninterrupted sequence of such moments, and if this state of bliss can be attained through suffering and dwelling in pain, then no sorrow or pain can be so great that one should attempt to escape from it.

Excerpt from Gertrude by Herman Hesse.

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Posted at 12:29 PM
the would-be queen, elaine, tumbled...

But suppose, just for a moment or a few,
that these moments first mentioned
being hydrated, eating, breathing
simple awareness of the dawn
are magical,
are as good as it gets.
are my gift from the mystery,
Would that be so bad?

Some of the suffering and pain of the search,
much of it?
all of it?
might be wasted on a purpose
which exists only in my faulty imagination,
and is, in fact, inferior to the gift
which nature or her creator freely gives.