Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Being Ordinary

“The game is not about becoming somebody, it's about becoming nobody.” (Ram Dass)

"The word humility, like the word human, comes from humus, or earth. We are most human when we do no great things. We are not so important; we are simply dust and spirit - at best, loving midwives, participants in a process much larger than we." (Wayne Muller)

"Joshu asked his teacher Nansen, 'What is the way?' 'Ordinary mind is the way,' was Nansen's answer." (Katsuki Sekida)

"Before Enlightenment, chop wood carry water, after Enlightenment, chop wood carry water."


isaiah said...

Could ordinary be the next "extraordinary"?

In the same breath- ordinary is the most extraordinary way of being there is!

I like the Ram Dass quote.

Thanks for the B-day wishes.

kevin beck said...

Ego is such a powerful influence. "I gotta be something." Why not be totally thriled with who and what you are right now? Great quotes. Thanks for sharing them.

jaxun said...

"...chop wood, carry water..."

Best. Quote. Ever.

When I read this, I instantly found serenity with the seemingly mundane existence that I was living. There was suddenly sublime significance in EVERY moment, and everyday chores became meditation in motion.

Trev Diesel said...

Yeah dude. To be honest, I think you were the first person to introduce me to that quote.