“Always recognize the dreamlike qualities of life and reduce attachment and aversion. Practice good-heartedness toward all beings. Be loving and compassionate, no matter what others do to you. What they will do will not matter so much when you see it as a dream. The trick is to have positive intention during the dream. This is the essential point. This is true spirituality.” ~Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche (source)
“It’s all a dream we dreamed, one afternoon long ago…” ~Robert Hunter
“After you have practiced for a while, you will realize that it is not possible to make rapid, extraordinary progress. Even though you try very hard, the progress you make is always little by little. It is not like going out in a shower in which you know when you get wet. In a fog, you do not know you are getting wet, but as you keep walking you get wet little by little. If your mind has ideas of progress, you may say, ‘Oh, this pace is terrible!’ But actually it is not. When you get wet in a fog it is very difficult to dry yourself. So there is no need to worry about progress.” ~Shunryu Suzuki (source)
Mona and I went to see a Beatle’s tribute band last week, and they were a lot of fun.
We didn’t go expecting to relive Beatlemania, we just wanted to sing and dance and enjoy the songs that have become such a part of our lives. The band we saw, Yesterday: The Beatles’ Tribute, gave us over two hours of solid cover versions, and everyone there had a great time and left happy.
They are on the web HERE. They’re worth seeing.
Excerpted from The Black Cloud by Fred Hoyle, © 1957:
It is curious in how great a degree human progress depends on the individual. Humans, numbered in thousands of millions, seem organized into an ant-like society. Yet this is not so. New ideas, the impetus of all development, come from individual people, not from corporations or states. New ideas, fragile as spring flowers, easily bruised by the tread of the multitude, may yet be cherished by the solitary wanderer.
The East Texas State Fair has instituted a tough “no tobacco” policy. Beginning this year, patrons will literally be searched at the gate, and if they find a pack of cigarettes they will confiscate it.
You will be relieved to know that they still allow handguns.
“Laughter is the evidence we are still here, the proof that our tragedies will not define us forever. Laughter is the language of the survivor.” ~John Riebock