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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.

                                                                    155

                                                    Preparation for the Day

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

                                                                Silence
                                                      is my natural state.
                                                Let me control my tongue.

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

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

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

                                                            Emptiness
                                                         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
                                                          Tao.
                                                in total unison with
                                                        Tao.

                                           Everything comes from   
                                                        Tao,
                                          and everything returns to
                                                       Tao.

                                                  So let it be.

From "The Way is Tao," by Jos Stabbert




                                                      Amen.

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 )
everville340
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.
bobby1933
Oct. 11th, 2016 06:06 pm (UTC)
:)
e_d_young
Oct. 12th, 2016 12:32 am (UTC)
Have you clicked on Settings -> Manage -> Friends -> Ban or unban user?
bobby1933
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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