Sunday, December 15, 2013

Happy in Montana : Teachers

 Some winter visitors to the yard. Early in the week we had about 16 inches of new snow. It has since warmed and the snow is compacting in the warmth. The deer come by a couple of times a day. Always a good thing to look left and right coming from the shop . We don't want to startle the "herd".  Although deer are fairly passive if they feel threatened they will stamp their feet and move towards you aggressively.
I was thinking this week , in gratitude , for the teachers past and present. Those individuals that have left a path of bread crumbs that lead to the next insight. There are a handful of individuals as well as many authors. Most of the wisdom from these teachers rest on the same principle . Think for your self. Test all information that comes into your sphere and make sure it is real and you are not being manipulated. In this day of grande media, ( my term for the invasive smart phone, laptop, satelite environment) we are easily led by the nose to believe what ever is the present day menu. I ask you to instead , research, read, test internally if what is being put out there is real . Is it helpful towards a compassionate loving functioning world? Does the prevalent thought inspire you to action , to creative productivity and does it make your life and community more cohesive and functional? Or does it numb your brain and immobilize you? Considerations for today ' Question everything' a Zen master once said.  Are you thinking clearly ?

" If you ask Zen people they will say tea is not something that you pour with unawareness and drink like any other drink. It is not a drink , it is a meditation; it is a prayer. So they listen to the kettle creating a melody , and in that listening they become more silent , more alert ."                                    ~ Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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