Ascent

“Ascent” | Anthony Satori

“Here I cry out, arms raised: ‘Both wealth and pleasure spring from dharma, so why is dharma not followed?’ Not for pleasure, not for fear, not for greed should one ever abandon dharma — not even to save one’s life. Dharma is eternal; happiness and misery are not eternal. The living self is eternal; the body through which it lives is not.”

— The Mahabharata

Inner Calm

“Peaceful Cottage” | Anthony Satori

“To meditate means to go home to yourself. Then you know how to take care of the things that are happening inside you, and you know how to take care of the things that happen around you.”

— Thich Nhat Hanh

Benevolent Light

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“Benevolent Light”  |  Anthony Satori

Every day, every moment, the universe is patiently waiting for us to pull softly on the strings of the blinds and let its light flow in.  Take a deep breath, calm your thoughts, and center your spirit.  And then mindfully take action toward something good.  Take action toward love, hope, kindness.  Take action toward health, joy, deeper understanding.  Even the smallest such act, done with a genuine heart, is an invitation for the universe to immerse us in its benevolent light.

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New Ways of Being

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“Hearth”  |  Anthony Satori

“And the people stayed home.  And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still.  And they listened more deeply.  Some meditated, some prayed, some danced.  Some met their shadows.

And the people began to think differently.  And the people healed… And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again… they made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live.”

— Kitty O’Meara

The Contented Goat

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“The Contented Goat”  |  Anthony Satori

[a parable]

Once there was a farmer who had a goat that he loved very much.  The goat was good-natured and worked hard on the farm.  It helped carry things, didn’t make noise or cause trouble, and was a pleasant companion to him and his children.  The farmer marveled at how good the goat was, considering how little food and care it needed.

One day, the farmer accidentally fed the goat only half of its normal daily meal.  At first the farmer was worried, but the next morning he found that the goat seemed fine, despite having only eaten the smaller amount of food.  Amazed at his discovery, the farmer continued to feed the goat the new smaller amount every day, and the goat continued to do well, regardless. 

With time, the farmer began to experiment with giving the goat less and less food each day, waiting to see at what point the goat would begin to cry and complain.  He was amazed, however, to find that the goat continued to be productive and good-natured no matter how often he reduced the goat’s meal, and that it never complained.  The farmer was delighted, because he could give the extra food to the other farm animals, who would moan loudly at even the slightest diminishment or delay in their allotment; but the goat never complained, seeming always to be content with however little it received.

One day, the farmer awoke to discover that the goat had starved to death during the night.  The farmer could not believe his misfortune, having lost this most special animal.  He also couldn’t imagine how it had happened, since the goat had always seemed to be content with so little.

[the moral]

If you have a valued project, person, or relationship in your life that seems to be content with very little, instead of imagining how you can give it less and less without worry, imagine how much better things could be if you gave it more.

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