Tao Te Ching

In pursuit of knowledge,
every day something is added.
In the practice of the Tao,
every day something is dropped.
Less and less do you need to force things,
until finally you arrive at non-action.
When nothing is done,
nothing is left undone.

True mastery can be gained
by letting things go their own way.
It can’t be gained by interfering.

Translated by Stephen Mitchell

Samtosha

“How quickly do you run from one thing to another?  Like a fly, are you always seeking, always on the go?  Samtosha, or contentment, is a quality, a feeling, and a way of being with all experience – both positive, and difficult.  Try to soften the struggle.  Yoga asana (poses) and pranayama (breath) are useful tools for cultivating samtosha.  Not only do we usually feel better after practice, but we can actually measure the grip of our restlessness or striving in the quality of our day to day practice.  Cultivate contentment and let your heart bask in its own goodness, which is always enough.”  Julie Rapapport

Love

The garden of
Love
is green without
limit
and yields many
fruits
other than sorrow
and joy.
Love is beyond either
condition:
without spring,
without autumn,
it is always fresh.

— Jelaluddin Rumi