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Preparation For The Day -- by Jos Stabbert

                                                        All these thoughts,
                                                  words arranged on paper,
                                                       come from the Tao
                                                      and return to the Tao.
                                                    Yet they do not touch it.


                                                    Preparation for the Day

                                                                I am not
                                                    the thoughts in my mind.
                                              Let them come and let them go.

                                                      is my natural state.
                                                Let me control my tongue.

                                                              is the way,
                                                               Give me
                                                    patience and humility
                                              to act only when necessary.

                                                    is my natural condition.
                                                         Let my mind be
                                                           a placid pool
                                                  undisturbed by emotions,
                                                           reflecting only

                                                         fills my true self.
                                                       May my thoughts,
                                                            my speech,
                                                        and my actions
                                                be filled with compassion
                                                 and guided by wisdom.

                                                         is my essence,
                                                    Let me curb my ego.
                                                            No vanity
                                                  may enter my thoughts.
                                                             No pride
                                                   may enter my speech.
                                                          No arrogance
                                                    may enter my action.
                                                    Let me find comfort
                                              in obscurity and anonymity.

                                                    I am emptiness only.
                                                          Nothing else.
                                                Everything else is illusion.

                                                    Causing suffering
                                                      to any creature
                                                no matter how remote
                                                      or how different
                                              is cutting into my own flesh.
                                                          Being kind
                                                      to any creature
                                                no matter how remote
                                                    or how differerent
                                                        is being kind
                                                          to myself.

                                                Separation is illusion,
                                                      unity is real.
                                            I am part of every thing.
                                            Every thing is part of me.

                                                  Let me move to
                                                    the rhytm of
                                                in total unison with

                                           Everything comes from   
                                          and everything returns to

                                                  So let it be.

From "The Way is Tao," by Jos Stabbert


Silence, stillness, tranquility, compashion, emptiness:
These are part of my true self.
But i am far from my true self.
The distance between my brain and heart
is only a few inches,
but it feels like an infinity.

Oh, the distance is closing
I am more silent, etc than forty years ago,
more than thirty years ago,
more than a  year ago, and
more than four months ago;
but it seems i have just begun
to close the distance
between who i seem to be
and Who I Am.

I unfriended a friend and banned him.
(now i can't  figure out how to unban him)
An inability to accept?  Yes.

This summer i decided to live at peace
with my fellow creatures, the house flies.
The thing they are my pets
(or more likely that i am theirs)
They greet me when i come in the door,
like tiny, buzzing, puppies.
Yesterday i swatted one
(One more act of violence in an
illusory world already seemingly
too full of it.

I need this prayer.
It will become part of my morning devotions,

Equanimity, loving kindness, compassion, and joy to all!

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( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 11th, 2016 04:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the Preparation for the Day. It speaks to the core of the human I have endeavored to be.
Oct. 11th, 2016 06:06 pm (UTC)
Oct. 12th, 2016 12:32 am (UTC)
Have you clicked on Settings -> Manage -> Friends -> Ban or unban user?
Oct. 12th, 2016 02:36 am (UTC)
Thanks a lot!

I figured out how to ban, then couldn't figure out how to undo it. With your help, i got it done.
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