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Quote: The Cosmos Offers Us Love July 5, 2013

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“Our bodies and minds are sustained by the cosmos. The clouds in the sky nourish us; The light of the sun nourishes us. The cosmos offers us vitality and love in every moment.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh, The Art of Power

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1. Paulette - July 6, 2013

Hi Andrea,
I’m reading Life of Pi for the second time, and finding it so much richer that the first time and of course the movie gave such stunning visuals. There is a passage from the book I would like to share because it speaks to suffering and the vastness of things.
Pi is alone somewhere in the Pacific. “I awoke during the night. I pushed the canopy aside and looked out. The moon was a sharply defined crescent and the sky was perfectly clear. The stars shone with such a fierce, contained brilliance that it seemed absurd to call the night dark. The sea lay quietly, bathed in a shy, light-footed light, a dancing play of black and silver that extended without limits all about me. The volume of things was confounding – the volume of air above me, the volume of water around and beneath me. I was half-moved, half-terrified. ……. For the first time I noticed – as I would notice repeatedly during my ordeal, between one throe of agony and the next – that my suffering was taking place in a grand setting. I saw my suffering for what is was, finite and insignificant, and I was still. My suffering did not fit anywhere, I realized. And I could accept this. It was alright. (It was daylight that brought my protest: “No! No! No!. My suffering DOES matter. I want to live! I can’t help but mix my life with that of the universe. Life is a peephole, a single entry onto a vastness – how can I not dwell on this brief cramped view I have of things? This peephole is all I’ve got!”) I mumbled words of a Muslim prayer and went back to sleep.”
As a child, being outside, in the pasture or under the trees in the rain was such a gift …..of course I only recognize that now. There have been times when the call to be “gone” has been very strong and last year’s canoe trip again made me realize how I miss those trips. Only now I want as much physical comfort as possible:-)

Thank you for sharing your journey and your insights.
Metta,
Paulette

2. Living Abundance - July 8, 2013

Hi Paulette,
What a wonderful surprise to see your comments, I had no idea you were reading my blog!
Thanks so much for the quote, it is absolutely lovely. I agree completely with the author that being in the wilderness and outdoors gives me a different perspective on myself and my suffering. It is when I am inside that my problems seem so tight and constricting and difficult to deal with. But as soon as I step outside, take a look at the horizon, and see all of the living beings around me, I can realize that there is so much more than my own petty little worries.
I feel the same way about my time on the farm as being a gift. I treasure every moment I spent outdoors now, and I have so many fond memories that are a source of peace and happiness now. Thank you for the reminder to be “gone” and to go exploring while I am still young and my body can handle the adventures out of the comforts of indoors.
With metta,
Andrea


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