Thursday, January 01, 2009

Eye Am

This is the eye from an incredibly large and personable Belgian horse, that we met at a Quaker roadside store. We just loved visiting with him.

This photo of his "eye" made me think of this simple yet profound quote, which I think really does sum up how one should look at life:
So much fear and desire come from that commitment to 'I am' -- to being somebody. Eventually they take us to anxiety and despair; life seems much more difficult and painful than it really is.

But when we just observe life for what it is, then it's all right: the delights, the beauty, the pleasures are *just that*.
-- Ajahn Sumedho, "Seeing the Way"
Doesn't that really make sense. Avoid the attention on 'I am' -- your need to have an opinion, to have a plan, to be right -- and instead simply observe life with an openness, a willing expectancy, a freshness.

Life is so beautiful -- just as it is -- when you do that.

Give it a try. See if you can notice the difference in your experiences. See if you become a part of the flow.

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