theravada_guy wrote:Very nice quotes! Things do definitely depend on how you look at them. Unfortunately, I'm rather pessimistic about a lot of things, even though I know I shouldn't be. I've just always been that way, and, as we all know, habitual patterns are hard to break...
blackspaven wrote:A friend the other day said something so simple but something that struck a chord within me:
There's no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothing.
Made a lot of sense of the beauty of every aspect of the world and reminded me that all nature is beautiful, it's just how you choose to look at it and what perspective you have at that moment. It's hard not getting lost in the stresses of everyday life and actually taking note of the tranquility in even the most angry of storms.
cooran wrote:Hello blackspaven,
Your post reminds me of a Shakespearian quote: '' for there is nothing either good or
bad, but thinking makes it so.''
http://www.enotes.com/shakespeare-quote ... king-makes
Let's suppose that rain washes out a picnic. Who is feeling negative? The rain? Or YOU? What's causing the negative feeling? The rain or your reaction? When you bump your knee against a table, the table's fine. It's busy being what it was made to Be -- a table. The pain is in your knee, not in the table. The mystics keep trying to tell us that reality is all right. Reality is not problematic. Problems exist only in the human mind. We might add: in the stupid, sleeping human mind. Reality is not problematic. Take away human beings from this planet and life would go on, nature would go on in all its loveliness and violence. Where would the problem be? No problem. You created the problem. You are the problem. You identified with "me" and that is the problem. The feeling is in you, not in reality.
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