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Everyday Mind

Everyday mind is getting out of bed, eating breakfast, going to work, coming home, going to bed. It is laughing and crying, being anxious and joyful. Everyday mind is walking and talking, sitting down and standing up. It is the mind of suffering, conflict, anger and hatred, love and devotion. How can everyday mind be the way? Everyday mind, we say, is too mundane, too ordinary, and so we want the opposite, we want the magical.

It is our very search, our lust for the miraculous and magical, that hides from us the truth that simply to be, simply to know I am, is already the miracle that we seek. Everything, as it is, is perfect, but you must stop seeing it as if in a mirror, as if in a dream.

— Albert Low [via]  <link>

The more we live by our intellect, the less we understand the meaning of life.

— Leo Tolstoy  <link>

In fact, everything we encounter in this world with our six senses is an inkblot test.
You see what you are thinking and feeling, seldom what you are looking at.

— Shiqin  <link>

Untilled ground, however rich, will bring forth thistles and thorns; so also, the mind of man.

— St. Teresa of Avila  <link>

In the flowing river there are so many things—fishes, leaves, dead animals—but it is always moving, and your mind is like that. It is everlastingly restless, flitting from one thing to another like a butterfly.

— Jiddu Krishnamurti [via]  <link>