Sounds of Summer (# 1053)

14 08 2016

1. Another hot, humid day with the sounds of the locusts or katydids singing in the faint, warm breezes. It is another precious day of life to enjoy and be grateful.

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***: Why hello, I am surprised to see you here.
Adams Rubble: Hello. I see that you have started your new exercise.
***: Well, I felt it was a failure. I did not like the readings except for the Psalm.
Adams Rubble: It was only the first time. Skill is learned not inherent.
***: Thanks for that advice.
Adams Rubble: One can’t expect a book to fall open and wisdom to fly out.
***: Well I seem to remember readings not speaking to me all those years ago.
Adams Rubble: Often when we undertake a project or start reading a book, we have expectations about what we are going to learn. Just because those expectations are not met, it does not mean that there is important learning going on. Don’t be disappointed. It may be you are learning something quite different.
***: It was interesting to have related Milarepa’s Songs and David’s Psalms. Now I am wondering about them. Are they related only in my reaction to them? Is it the poetry behind their messages?
Adams Rubble:

When you run after your thoughts, you are like a dog chasing a stick: every time a stick is thrown, you run after it. Instead, be like a lion who, rather than chasing after the stick, turns to face the thrower. One only throws a stick at a lion once. – Milarepa

***: ACCCCKKKKK!!!!!!

Adams Rubble:

Be still and know that I am God – Psalm 46:10

***: OK, I get it, I need to cease chasing sticks and be still.
Adams Rubble: Be still and drop the “little self”

All meditation must begin with arousing deep compassion. Whatever one does must emerge from an attitude of love and benefitting others. – Milarepa

***: You are on a roll with the quotes this morning :). I have one too:

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. -Psalm 118:24

Adams Rubble: Yes, that too, which brings us full circle to your first post this morning. I hope you feel better; it is good to be blogging again.
***: It is a beautiful view out the window here. There is a gentle breeze stirring the leaves and pink flocks provide a nice contrast to all the green; all this is topped off with golden sunshine. Yes, we can be grateful for this day.
Adams Rubble: Who says I no longer have a Sunday morning session. Thanks for the chat.

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