"A thousand years is but an instant. There’s nothing new, nothing different; same pattern over and over. The same clouds, same music, the same things I felt an hour or an eternity ago. There’s nothing here for me now, nothing at all. Now I remember, this happened to me before. This is why I left. You have begun to find your answers. Although it will seem difficult the rewards will be great. Exercise your human mind as fully as possible knowing that it is only an exercise. Build beautiful artifacts, solve problems, explore the secrets of the physical universe, savor the input from all the senses, filled with joy and sorrow and laughter, empathy, compassion, and tote the emotional memory in your travel bag. I remember where I came from, and how I became human, why I hung around, and now my final departure’s scheduled. This way out, escaping velocity. Not just eternity, but Infinity."
Listened to a Ram Dass lecture last night. On CD, how old-school. He says that by breathing correctly, you can achieve a state of being in which everyone you encounter can grow.
This is how you do it: breathe in as though you have two nostrils in the middle of your chest; envision yourself breathing in a fine mist. Then, exhale everything negative you’re holding onto. Do this a few times until you begin to feel cleansed. At this point, keep breathing in the mist; but envision yourself breathing out a clean, white, healing light. Picture those who are suffering, and send the light out to them. Think: “Do what you have to do, but know that I am here with you.”
If little by little you stop loving me
I shall stop loving you
Little by little
If suddenly you forget me
Do not look for me
For I shall already have forgotten you
If you think it long and mad the wind of banners that passes through my life
And you decide to leave me at the shore of the heart where I have roots
That on that day, at that hour, I shall lift my arms
And my roots will set off to seek another land.
— Pablo Neruda, Selected Poems (via anthropomorphicsun)
"I think you are fundamentally a happy person… You have—you know—you can experience joy."
"Inability to accept the mystic experience is more than an intellectual handicap. Lack of awareness of the basic unity of organism and environment is a serious and dangerous hallucination. For in a civilization equipped with immense technological power, the sense of alienation between man and nature leads to the use of technology in a hostile spirit—to the “conquest” of nature instead of intelligent co-operation with nature."
— Alan Watts (via marcoreali)