Painting from artbyoak1 etsy.com
“There are times to cultivate and create, when you nurture your world and give birth to new ideas and ventures. There are times of flourishing and abundance, when life feels in full bloom, energized and expanding. And there are times of fruition, when things come to an end. They have reached their climax and must be harvested before they begin to fade. And finally of course, there are times that are cold, and cutting and empty, times when the spring of new beginnings seems like a distant dream. Those rhythms in life are natural events. They weave into one another as day follows night, bringing, not messages of hope and fear, but messages of how things are.”
“Our basic work is to become full human beings and to inspire full human-beingness in others who feel starved about their lives. When we say a full human being, we mean a person who not only eats, sleeps, walks, and talks but someone who also experiences a basic state of wakefulness. It might seem to be very demanding to define health in terms of wakefulness but wakefulness is actually very close to us. We can experience it. We are touching it all the time. Although the usual dictionary definition of health is, roughly speaking, free from sickness, we should look at health as something more than that.
According to the Buddhist tradition, people inherently possess buddha nature, that is they are basically and intrinsically good. From this point of view, health is intrinsic. Health comes first, sickness is secondary. Health is. So being healthy is being fundamentally wholesome, with body and mind synchronized in a state of being which is indestructible and good. A great deal of chaos in the world occurs because people don’t appreciate themselves. When you don’t punish or condemn yourself, when you relax more and appreciate your body and mind, you begin to contact the fundamental notion of basic goodness in yourself.”
-Chogyam Trungpa (painting by Beth Nicholas)