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“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday and the other is called Tomorrow. Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do and mostly Live.”

Dalai Lama

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How to Cook your Life

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THE POT IS ALWAYS BOILING

There will always be an infinity of things to do. We can never get our life or our business or our kitchen running exactly the way we want it to run. No matter how we envision it, it can’t be that way. Life is not predetermined to the point that we can get to some stage and then see how it all works. What happens is that we have a better and better understanding of things, we have more and more clarity and ability to deal with things as they arise. But they keep arising, endlessly. The empty sky is always creating new clouds. The pot is always boiling.

How to Cook Your Life: From the Zen Kitchen to Enlightenment by Zen Master Dōgen, Kosho Uchiyama Roshi

 

La cacerola siempre está hirviendo

Siempre hay infinitas cosas que hacer, no podemos hacer que nuestra vida, nuestro trabajo o nuestra cocina vaya exactamente del modo en que queremos. Da igual del modo en que lo visualicemos, no irá de ese modo. La vida no está predeterminada de manera que lleguemos a un punto en el que veamos cómo va a ir todo. Lo que ocurre es que tenemos un mejor entendimiento de las cosas, tenemos mas y mas claridad y habilidad para tratar con las cosas cuando aparecen. Pero siguen apareciendo sin final. El cielo vacio está siempre creando nubes. La cacerola está siempre hirviendo.

Mindfulness practice should be enjoyable

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Mindfulness practice should be enjoyable, not work or effort. Do you have to make an effort to breath in? You don’t need to make an effort. To breathe in, you just breathe in. Suppose you are contemplating a beautiful sunset. Do you have to make an effort to enjoy the beautiful sunset? No, you don’t have to make any effort. You just enjoy it.

Thich Nhat Hanh

La práctica de Mindfulness es un disfrute ,no es un trabajo o un esfuerzo. ¿Tienes que esforzarte para inhalar? No necesitas hacer un esfuerzo, para inhalar tan solo tienes que inhalar. Imagina que estas contemplando un atardecer. ¿Necesitas hacer un esfuerzo para disfrutar de un atardecer?  No es necesario hacer esfuerzo, solo disfrutarlo. 

Refuge

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Where do we find refuge from destructive emotions?
In the things that we do, in those we love, and in how we spend our time. For me, that has been the answer.

(¿Donde encontramos refugio de las emociones destructivas? En las cosas a las que nos dedicamos, en los que queremos y en lo que hacemos con nuestro tiempo. Para mi esta ha sido la respuesta)

Ordinary Looking

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Right now, you are missing the vast majority of what is happening around you. You are missing the events unfolding in your body, in the distance, and right in front of you…

…I would find myself at once alarmed, delighted, and humbled at the limitations of my ordinary looking. My consolation is that this deficiency of mine is quite human. We see, but we do not see: we use our eyes, but our gaze is glancing, frivolously considering its object. We see the signs, but not their meanings. We are not blinded, but we have blinders…

…By marshaling your attention to these words, helpfully framed in a distinct border of white, you are ignoring an unthinkably large amount of information that continues to bombard all of your senses: the hum of the fluorescent lights, the ambient noise in a large room, the places your chair presses against your legs or back, your tongue touching the roof of your mouth, the tension you are holding in your shoulders or jaw, the map of the cool and warm places on your body, the constant hum of traffic or a distant lawn-mower, the blurred view of your own shoulders and torso in your peripheral vision, a chirp of a bug or whine of a kitchen appliance.

Alexandra Horowitz (On looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes)