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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Don't Chase the Past, Don't Seek the Future.

The first step ... is to cut off the chain of associated concepts and words that flood the mind, holding it with recollection on the present, on what is. Thus in a famous verse, the Buddha used to say, "Don't chase after the past, don't seek the future; the past is gone, the future hasn't come. But see clearly on the spot, that object which is now, while finding and living in a still, unmoving state of mind."

--Bhikkhu Mangalo, The Practice of Recollection

James: As with all teachings it seems, this one came at the right moment. My disability hearing is coming up on the 6th and most of last week I was so stressed out that my stomach was in knots. Starting yesterday though I began to breath and remember this priceless teaching. I have planned as much as I can for this hearing and now I am letting go of it. It has been over two years in the making and now I have to let the final moment unfold as it will. I can not control what the judge will decide. In fact, there is not much I can control at all so I might as well breath deeply and ride the wave. Why go against the current if I don't have to? I am not going to fight a fight that has yet to appear.

I'm sure I will be stressed on hearing day when I go before the judge but I am not going to stress over it right now. I am not going to loose my mindfulness over this hearing. Even we don't win, it is not worth loosing my inner peace over. Life will go on and I will deal with whatever moment arises then. Right now I am breathing deeply and that is my only reality.

The only thing I ask is that you keep me in your thoughts on 6 September around 2:00 mountain time. Thanks everyone for your support.

~Peace to all beings~

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Belly said...

I am not going to fight a fight that has yet to appear.

James, well put :)

And you will definately be in my thoughts!

Take Care!

M.D. Shellhammer said...

I know that everything will turn out just fine, in fact there is no doubt at all. In a universe so precisely balanced that all things are exactly as they should be, why should you and your experience be any different? Please remember Max Ehrmans poem:
"You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars, you have a right to be here..."
If things get a bit hairy my friend I promise to know this truth for you.



rama said...

Hullo! I read this just after I shared some thoughts with a friend on exactly the same subject! Our best wishes for the hearing, brother - either way, YOU will be the winner! Best, rama

alison koh said...

keep breathing... you'll be just fine. take care.

Blissful said...


I will chant for you. I wish you all the best and do keep us posted on the result. Be it a good or bad one, take it easy. Things will all turn out fine at the end. All you are experiencing now is just part of the process, part of your life, and your current life is just one of the many. So, take it easy.

Best of luck and take care.

"James" said...

Thank-you everyone for your support and well wishes.


That is my absolute favorite poem.

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