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You go for a walk–not to get from point A to point B but just because you want to feel the warm sun on your skin and enjoy fresh air. You open your eyes in the morning with surprise and delight that you’re still here. You realize you’re playing with house money. You are ahead of the game. You eat whatever you want. You do what you like. You smile at strangers. You wave, “Have a nice day.”
And if you don’t do that stuff, you should. ~from “Keep Moving” by Dick Van Dyke
As you get older . . . You relax. You exhale. You quit worrying. You shake your head with an accepting disbelief as family members and friends disappear like photos in a yearbook, leaving empty spaces where there used to be familiar faces, and occasionally you wonder when it will be your turn and what that will be like. ~from “Keep Moving” by Dick Van Dyke
Here is another secret: under the mind that is freaking out, there is another mind, a still and responsive mind. We find this deeper mind as we calm down and let go. And here is another secret: letting go can feel like garden variety giving up. We let the anger be. We let everything be. Meditation has been called “death in life.” We give up our anger, our battle stance, and die into a greater life.
We don’t have to be in a monastery or on a mountaintop to experience this dying. Ordinary life offers us many opportunities because life really is difficult and full of injustice. ~Tracy Cochran, Rubin Museum of Art blog