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January 02, 2012

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Sweet post.

Pico Iyer wrote a great NY Times piece about quiet that's worth reading:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/01/opinion/sunday/the-joy-of-quiet.html

Excerpt about nothing:
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"In my own case, I turn to eccentric and often extreme measures to try to keep my sanity and ensure that I have time to do nothing at all (which is the only time when I can see what I should be doing the rest of the time)."

Well said, Blogger Brian. Reality is not really much of a challenge, once it is clear that there nothing anyone can do about it.

"There is really nothing you must be.
And there is nothing you must do.
There is really nothing you must have.
And there is nothing you must know.
There is really nothing you must become."

--Who is the manifested "you" that is referenced in this saying on a Japanese Zen scroll? This "you" can do something, be something, learn and know something, and possibly become something. Within duality, a "you" can have these various somethings.
Now, a non-You of no-thing-ness would absolutely NOT.

W/respect to nothing, I'm reminded of the words spoken to Parmenides by the goddess nearly 3000 years ago: "What is, is. And what is not can never be."

Seems so obvious and mundane when considered from the usual perspective. But the thing is, there's another perspective from which the same words assume an entirely different meaning, if one thinks about it a bit.

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