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an original koan by s m alexander
 
A master and a student are studying late into a cloudy night. The master dismisses the student so that he may travel back home.
 
The student appears hesitant and fearful to leave. The master ask the student what is wrong. The student answers that he is afraid of the dark.
 
The master thinks for a moment and with a smile replies that if the student is afraid of the dark, there is one thing the student must do. With great interest the young student inquires what must be done.
 
 
The old master responds gleefully, you must close your eyes!
 
Fear of the darkness
waits always to be conquered
behind closed eyes.
  1. whatmadeyouhappytoday whatmadeyouhappytoday
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    July 22, 2015 7:19pm UTC
    “Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
    ―Calvin Coolidge

  2. whatmadeyouhappytoday whatmadeyouhappytoday
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    July 13, 2015 3:24pm UTC
    A Suspended Blue Ocean
    The sky
    Is a suspended blue ocean.
    The stars are the fish
    That swim.
    The planets are the white whales
    I sometimes hitch a ride on,
    And the sun and all light
    Have forever fused themselves
    Into my heart and upon
    My skin.
    There is only one rule
    On this Wild Playground,
    For every sign Hafiz has ever seen
    Reads the same.
    They all say,
    "Have fun, my dear; my dear, have fun,
    In the Beloved's Divine
    Game,
    O, in the Beloved's
    Wonderful
    Game."
    -hafiz

  3. whatmadeyouhappytoday whatmadeyouhappytoday
    posted a quote
    July 9, 2015 7:43pm UTC
    Don’t wish for union!
    There’s a closeness beyond that
    Fall in love in such a way
    that it frees you from any connecting.
    Love is the soul’s light, the taste of morning;
    no me, no we, no claim of being
    As eyes in silence, tears, face:
    love cannot be said.
    Rumi

  4. whatmadeyouhappytoday whatmadeyouhappytoday
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    July 9, 2015 1:23am UTC
    “The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny — it is the light that guides your way.”
    ―Heraclitus

  5. whatmadeyouhappytoday whatmadeyouhappytoday
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    July 6, 2015 4:19pm UTC
    Most ancient civilizations matter-of-factly acknowledged that, in the right circumstances, a gamy, earthy body odour can be a powerful aphrodisiac. Napoleon and Josephine were fastidious for their time in that they both took a long, hot, daily bath. But Napoleon wrote Josephine from a campaign, “I will return to Paris tomorrow evening. Don’t wash.” -FROM THE DIRT ON CLEAN

  6. whatmadeyouhappytoday whatmadeyouhappytoday
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    July 5, 2015 3:09pm UTC
    “Be grateful even for hardship, setbacks, and bad people. Dealing with such obstacles is an essential part of training in the Art of Peace.” ―Morihei Ueshiba

  7. whatmadeyouhappytoday whatmadeyouhappytoday
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    July 3, 2015 3:03pm UTC
    Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
    Theodore Roosevelt

  8. whatmadeyouhappytoday whatmadeyouhappytoday
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    June 29, 2015 8:13pm UTC
    LETTER ON THE ROAD
    Farewell, but you will be
    with me, you will go within
    a drop of blood circulating in my veins
    or outside, a kiss that burns my face
    or a belt of fire at my waist.
    My sweet, accept
    the great love that came out of my life
    and that in you found no territory
    like the explorer lost
    in the isles of bread and honey.
    I found you after
    the storm,
    the rain washed the air
    and in the water
    yonr sweet feet gleamed like fishes.
    Adored one, I am off'to my fighting.
    I shall scratch the earth to make you a cave
    and there your Captain
    will wait for you with flowers in the bed.
    Think no more, my sweet,
    about the anguish
    that went on between us
    like a bolt of phosphorous
    leaving us perhaps its burning.
    Peace arrived too because I return
    to my land to f1ght,
    and as I have a whole heart
    with the share of blood that you gave me
    forever,
    and as
    I have
    my hands filled with your naked being,
    look at me,
    look at me,
    look at me across the sea, for I go radiant,
    Jook at me across the night through which I sail;
    and sea and night are those eyes of yours.
    I have not left you when I go away.
    Now I am going to ten you:
    my land will be yours,
    I am going to conquer it,
    not just to give it to you,
    but for everyone,
    for all my people.
    The thiefwill come out of his tower some day.
    And the invader will be expelled.
    All the fruits of life
    will grow in my hands
    accustomed once to powder.
    And I shall know how to touch the new flowers gently
    because you taught me tenderness.
    My sweet, adored one,
    you will come with me to fight face to face
    because your kisses live in my heart
    like red banners,
    and if I fall, not only
    will earth cover me
    but also this great love that you brought me
    and that lived circulating in my blood.
    You will come with file,
    at that hour I wait for you,
    at that hour and at every hour,
    at every hour I wait for you.
    And when the sadness that I hate comes
    to knock at your door,
    tell her that I am waiting for you
    and when loneliness wants you to change
    the ring in which my name is written,
    tell loneliness to talk with me,
    that I had to go away
    because I am a soldier,
    and that there where I am,
    under rain or under
    fire,
    my love, I wait for you.
    I wait for you in the harshest desert
    and next to the flowering lemon tree,
    in every place where there is life,
    where spring is being born,
    my love, I wait for you.
    When they tell you: "That man
    does not love you," relnember
    that my feet are alone in that night, and they seek
    the sweet and tiny feet that I adore.
    Love, when they telI yon
    that I have forgotten YOll, and even when
    it is I who say it,
    when I say it to you,
    do not believe me,
    who could and how could anyone
    cut you from my heart
    and who would receive
    my blood
    when I went bleeding toward you?
    But still I can not
    forget my people.
    I am going to fight in each street,
    behind each stone.
    Your love also helps me:
    it is a CLosed :flower
    that constantly fills me with its aroma
    and that opens suddenly
    within me like a great star.
    My love, it is night.
    The black water, the sleeping
    world surround me.
    Soon dawn will come,
    and meanwhile I write you
    to tell you: "I love you."
    To tell YOll "I love you," care for,
    dean, lift up,
    defend
    our love, my darling.
    I leave it with you as if I left
    a handful of earth with seeds.
    From our love lives will be born.
    In our love they will drink water.
    Perhaps a day will come
    when a mall
    and a woman, like
    us,
    will touch this love and it will still have the strength
    to burn the hands that touch it.
    Who were we? What does it matter?
    They will touch this fire
    and the fire, my sweet, will say your simple name
    and mine, the name
    that only you knew, because you alone
    upon earth know
    who I am, and because nobody knew me like one,
    like just one hand of yours,
    because nobody
    knew how or when
    my heart was burning:
    only
    your great dark eyes knew,
    your wide mouth,
    your skin, your breasts,
    your belly, your insides,
    and your soul that I awoke
    so that it would go on
    singing until the end of life.
    Love, I am waiting for you.
    Farewell, love, I am waiting for you.
    Love, love, I am waiting for you,
    And so this letter ends
    with no sadness:
    my feet are firm upon the earth,
    my hand writes this letter on the road,
    and in the midst of life I shall be
    always
    beside the friend, facing the enemy,
    with your name on my mouth
    and a kiss that never
    broke away from yours.
    -neruda

  9. whatmadeyouhappytoday whatmadeyouhappytoday
    posted a quote
    June 29, 2015 7:25pm UTC
    Every day you out there, you out there for me, and every other brother in here. 'Cuz I'm never gonna be out there again. - life of a king, 2013

  10. whatmadeyouhappytoday whatmadeyouhappytoday
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    June 26, 2015 11:48pm UTC
    i was 17 once.... for about a year. - myq kaplan

  11. whatmadeyouhappytoday whatmadeyouhappytoday
    posted a quote
    June 22, 2015 9:39pm UTC
    THE WELL
    At times you sink, you fall
    into your hole of silence,
    into your abyss of proud anger,
    and you can scarcely
    return, stilJ bearing remnants
    of what you found
    in the depth of your existence.
    My love, what do you find
    in your closed well?
    Seaweed, swamps, rocks?
    What do you see with blind eyes,
    bitter and wounded?
    Darling, you will not find
    in the well into which you fall
    what I keep for you on the heights:
    a bouquet of dewy jasmines,
    a kiss deeper than your abyss.
    Do not fear me, do not faU
    into your rancor again.
    Shake off my word that came to wound you
    and let it fly through the open window.
    It will return to wound me
    without your guiding it
    since it was laden with a harsh instant
    and that instant will be disarmed in my breast.
    -neruda

  12. whatmadeyouhappytoday whatmadeyouhappytoday
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    June 21, 2015 2:02am UTC
    the beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it, but the way those atoms are put together - sagan

  13. whatmadeyouhappytoday whatmadeyouhappytoday
    posted a quote
    June 21, 2015 1:33am UTC
    All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” ―Winston Churchill

  14. whatmadeyouhappytoday whatmadeyouhappytoday
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    June 20, 2015 10:56pm UTC
    i just saw a wonderful use of hiraeth by an'*: i'm homesick for lips that have never touched mine. hiraeth: (noun) "a homesickness for a home you cannot return to, or that never was".

  15. whatmadeyouhappytoday whatmadeyouhappytoday
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    June 19, 2015 7:30pm UTC
    “I love science, and it pains me to think that so many are terrified of the subject or feel that choosing science means you cannot also choose compassion, or the arts, or be awed by nature. Science is not meant to cure us of mystery, but to reinvent and reinvigorate it.” ―Robert Sapolsky

  16. whatmadeyouhappytoday whatmadeyouhappytoday
    posted a quote
    June 17, 2015 6:40pm UTC
    “He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson

  17. whatmadeyouhappytoday whatmadeyouhappytoday
    posted a quote
    June 15, 2015 12:33am UTC
    “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
    ―Lao Tzu

  18. whatmadeyouhappytoday whatmadeyouhappytoday
    posted a quote
    June 14, 2015 6:58pm UTC
    “Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.” ―Swami Vivekananda

  19. whatmadeyouhappytoday whatmadeyouhappytoday
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    June 13, 2015 3:34pm UTC
    “A human being is part of the whole, called by us Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
    ―Albert Einstein
    Source/Notes:
    Letter of 1950. As quoted in The New York Times, 29 March 1972

  20. whatmadeyouhappytoday whatmadeyouhappytoday
    posted a quote
    June 13, 2015 2:47pm UTC
    you will make many choices today. will happiness be one of them? -sma/ what made you happy today

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