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“The news that is always arriving out of silence”

If you find that meditation does not come easilty in your city room, be inventive. and go out into nature. Nature is always an unfailing fountain of inspiration. To calm your mind, go for a walk at dawn in the park, or watch the dew on a rose in a garden. Lie on the ground and gaze up into the sky, and let your mind expand into its spaciousness. Let the sky outside your mind awake a sky inside your mind. Stand by a stream and mingle your mind with its rushing; become one with its ceaseless sound.Sit by a waterfall and let its healing laughter purify your spirit. Walk on a beach and take the sea wind full and sweet against your face. Celebrate and use the beauty of moonlight to poise your mind.Sit by a lake or in a garden an, breathing quietly, let your mind fall silent as the moon comes up majestically and slowly in the cloudless night.Everything can be used as an invitation to meditation. A smile, a face in the subway, the sight of a small flower growing in the crack of a cement pavement, the fall of rich cloth in a shop window, the way the sun lights flower pots on a window sill. Be alert for any sign of beauty or grace. Offer up every joy, be awake at all moments, to “the news that is always arriving out of silence”.

Slowly you will become a master of your own bliss, a chemist of your own joy, with all sorts of remedies always at hand to elevate, cheer, illuminate, and inspire your every breath and movement. What is a great spiritual practitioner? A person who lives always in the presence of his or her own true self, someone who has found and who uses continually the springs and sources of profound inspiration. As the modern writer Lewis Thompson wrote: “Christ, supreme poet, lived truth so passionately that every gesture of his, at once pure Act and perfect Symbol, embodies the transcendent”.

To embody the transcendent is why we are here.”

Tibetan book of living and dying

Taken without permission from Sogyal Rinpoche's Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
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