«What we believe to be true is defined by our frame of reference. As useful as that may be, inevitably, something will come along to make us rethink what we know by forcing us to look at it in a broader context. What is true within a certain frame continues only until the next frame is discovered.», Imaginary Foundation
I guess we have to show to be conscious of our unconscious desires and finally make a choice for the path we want to make.
Religious issues apart, I enjoyed watching this documentary about Al-Ghazali, mainly for the example he gives regarding the pursuit of the meaning of life, always questioning himself and the teachings he received in order to find by himself an answer that he can feel as true.
Bodhidharma (approx 5th/6th century CE) was a legendary Buddhist monk well known in both Chinese and Japanese buddhist lore. Some of his mythic feats including meditating in a cave, facing a wall for nine years. Yes, nine years. He was so angered that he fell asleep during the seventh year that he cut off his eyelids to prevent it from happening again. He also once ordered one of his disciples to cut off his left arm to prove his dedication. Yikes. According to legend, Bodhidharma is also responsible for creating Chinese martial arts. Having arrived at the Shaolin Temple, he was disturbed by the monks poor physical fitness which were preventing them from meditating for long periods. He taught them a system of exercises to strengthen their body which eventually evolved into Shaolin kung-fu.
The path is called love, not by dismissing hate but by overcoming it.
Do not hide, do not run away from life. It is when it hurts the most that you know that life is helping you evolve.
In your path, you are not intended to suppress what you are, to suppress your feelings, to suppress your hatred. Instead you are given the task to reveal it in its maximum extension and even so choose Love and Goodness.
To live in the present moment is a miracle. The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green Earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now.
- Thich Nhat Hanh (via elige)
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
- Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear (via miracleininches)