BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, September 8th, 2022 by Stephen Levine

“In Zen there is a wonderful statement: “Spring comes and the grass grows all by itself.”  That statement shows us the wisdom of letting go of all attempts to maintain control and hide from pain (which thus turns it to suffering). To let go of control is to enter into creation in the act of becoming. We discover who we have always been when we stop attempting to become better than we really are. The very desire to be better than who we are is to have forgotten God. We need not be one iota different to directly experience the absolute vastness of our true being. In going beyond the mind, beyond that which blocks the heart, we discover who we have always been and always will be.”

Stephen Levine, in an essay entitled “Leaning Toward the Light”


“Once in a vision I came on some woods,
And stood at a fork in the road.
My choices were clear,
Yet I froze with the fear
Of not knowing which way to go.
One road was simple, acceptance of life
The other road offered sweet peace,
When I made my decision
My vision became my release.”

Dan Fogelberg, in the song “Netherlands” (1977)

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