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14) RETURN TO OUR BREATH

What we are seeking
can’t be seen, heard, or touched.
It is our essential unity
beyond the divisions of our senses.

It is not obvious to the mind,
but neither is it hidden from the heart.

Looking at nothing,
all of a sudden there it is!
But the moment we see it, it disappears,
leaving only a vague memory.

Chasing after it is useless
because it didn’t begin anytime
and isn’t going anywhere.
To realize our true nature,
we need only return to our breath,
here and now.
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Only from the heart can you touch the sky.
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There's something more to life than what we see on the surface.
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You must overcome death by finding God in it.
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Whatever you cannot enjoy doing, you can at least accept that this is what you have to do. Acceptance means: For now, this is what this situation, this moment requires me to do, and so I do it willingly.
If you can neither enjoy nor bring acceptance to what you do—stop. Otherwise, you are not taking responsibility for the only thing you can really take responsibility for, which also happens to be the one thing that really matters: your state of consciousness. And if you are not taking responsibility for your state of consciousness, you are not taking responsibility for life.
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“Do we really think that God had nothing at all to say for 13.7 billion years, and started speaking only in the latest nanosecond of geological time? Did all history prior to our sacred texts provide no basis for truth or authority? Of course not. . . . But in the mid-nineteenth century, grasping for the certitude and authority the church was quickly losing in the face of rationalism and scientism, Catholics declared the Pope to be ‘infallible,’ and Evangelicals decided the Bible was ‘inerrant,’ despite the fact that we had gotten along for most of eighteen hundred years without either belief. In fact, these claims would have seemed idolatrous to most early Christians.
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Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe.
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This is what Wisdom means: To be changed without the slightest effort on your part, to be transformed, believe it or not, merely by waking to the reality that is not words, that lies beyond the reach of words.
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“The same is true of the misfortune, failures, and disappointments of life. If we understand the importance of manure, we understand that nothing is truly wasted. Everything can be useful if correctly applied. Therefore, even the bad things in life may become fertilizer that will help us grow and become strong.”
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