When we are free of mental concepts and our senses are awake, the sounds, smells, images and vibrations we experience connect us with life everywhere. It is not my pain, it’s the earth’s pain. It is not my aliveness, but simply life- unfolding and intense, mysterious and beautiful. By meeting the changing dance of sensation with Radical Acceptance, we discover our intrinsic belonging to this world. We are “no thing,” not limited to any passing experience and “everything,” belonging to the whole.
- Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance
Wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world,
The heart has it’s beaches, it’s homeland and thoughts of it’s own.
Wake now, discover that you are the song that the morning brings,
But the heart has it’s seasons, it’s evenings and songs of it’s own.
-Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia, The Eyes of the World, from Grateful Dead album, Wake of the Flood, 1973.