Quote me on this.

bigredddysksysI have been thinking a lot today.  About a wide array of things.  I try to make it a point to spend about a half an hour of silent time in the morning.  I set this aside to do what some call “praying, or meditating, or quiet contemplation.”  You can call it “Fuzzy Treetops” and that will be just fine with me.  But it is what I do at the start of my day.

The longer I have been at this, the greater it seems my “wondering” becomes.

Here are some of my meanderings, and some famous people who got my back.

First and foremost, I quote The Buddha Dude.  Because it is all encompassing of all thoughts.

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.”
― Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha

We’ve all heard this next one to be true.  But I am coming to believe it.  We should love what we do. Maybe not so much what you are getting “paid” for by the world’s standards.  Sometimes, it seems, like this might be hard to accomplish.  But to appreciate yourself…. when you are doing what you have to do.  And in those other times… find something that you love to do.

 “This is the real secret of life  ― to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”
― Alan Wilson Watts

“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.”
― Allen Ginsberg

I struggle daily with my contradictions.   And I have a TON of them.  For instance.  I have such sadness when animals are harmed or slaughtered.  Yet, I eat meat.  Not a lot these days….., but I am a carnivore by nature.  This is just one of my conundrums.  Here’s another.   I am happiest at home, but I love to find myself in the surprises of exploration.  I will never quite understand me.

“Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; I am large ― I contain multitudes.”
― Walt Whitman

“Man is born to live, not to prepare for life.”
― Boris Pasternak

“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.”
― Emily Dickinson

And, there is so very much beauty and goodness in this big world of ours.  So much mystery.  So many unknowns, just begging for the asking.  So we look, and we ask.  And sometimes, we are lucky enough to see.

“Earth’s crammed with heaven… But only he who sees, takes off his shoes.”
― Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recaptured at will.”
― Charles Baudelaire
“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
― Oscar Wilde