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35) WE TURN TO THIS PATH

Our practice looks beneath
the passing thoughts that seem so real.
Clinging to them brings pain.
Letting them come and go
brings peace.

Lively music and good food
may capture our attention,
but speaking of this path
is not exciting.
People would rather try to make things work,
look for distractions,
and listen to empty promises.

We turn to this path
only when we have exhausted
all other paths.

-Tap Butterfly for William Martin's Website


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The whole universe is contained within a single human being – you.
-Tap Butterfly for Rumi Quotes


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The realization of Truth and Reality can never be created by the mind ... it always comes as a gift of grace. Inquiry clears away misperceptions and illusions, making one available to the movements of grace.
-Tap Butterfly for Adyashanti's Website


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Forgiveness happens naturally when you see that your grievances have no purpose other than to strengthen a false sense of self, to keep the ego in place. The seeing is freeing. Jesus' teaching to "Forgive your enemies" is essentially about the undoing of one of the main egoic structures in the human mind.
-Tap Butterfly for Eckhart Tolle's Website
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“It is not God who is violent. We are. It is not that God demands suffering of humans. We do. God does not need or want suffering—neither in Jesus nor in us.”
-Tap Butterfly for Fr. Rohr's Website


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“The art of living... is neither careless drifting on the one hand nor fearful clinging to the past on the other. It consists in being sensitive to each moment, in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the mind open and wholly receptive.” 
-Tap Butterfly for Alan Watts Website


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Is there life before death? — that is the question!
-Tap Butterfly for Fr. Anthony de Mello’s Website


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My starting point is the fundamental initial fact that each one of us is perforce linked by all the material organic and psychic strands of his being to all that surrounds him. . . . If we look far enough back in the depths of time, the disordered anthill of living beings suddenly, for an informed observer, arranges itself in long files that make their way by various paths towards greater consciousness.
-Tap Butterfly for information on Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardind


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“Young people need compassion and guidance, not obscure mysticism. Here are some guidelines for young people: Remember that you are always your own person. Do not surrender your mind, heart, or body to any person. Never compromise your dignity for any reason. Maintain your health with sound diet, hygiene, exercise, and clean living. Don’t engage in drugs or drinking. Money is never more important than your body and mind, but you must work and support yourself. Never depend on others for your livelihood.”
-Tap Butterfly for Deng Ming Dao's Website