Monday, June 23, 2008

Tune into the Buddha Channel

"Even though life is hard, even though it is sometimes difficult to smile, we have to try. Just as when we wish each other Good morning, it must be a real Good morning. Recently, a friend asked me, How can I force myself to smile when I am filled with sorrow? It isn't natural. I told her she must be able to smile to her sorrow, because we are more than sorrow. A human being is like a television set with millions of channels. If we turn the Buddha on, we are the Buddha. If we turn sorrow on, we are sorrow. If we turn a smile on, we really are the smile. We cannot let just one channel dominate us. We have the seed of everything in us, and we have to seize the situation in our hand, to recover our own sovereignty."

-Thich Nhat Hanh, Being Peace

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

One of my favorites from Thich Nhat Hahn on meditation:
"It is a kind of luxury to be a monk or a nun, to be able to sit quietly and look deeply into the nature of suffering and the way out. Sitting and looking deeply into your body, your consciousness, and your mental states is like being a mother hen covering her eggs. One day insight will be born like a baby chick."
Thanks for always sharing your insights with us, Rebecca!
Om Granny