5/12/2015

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. my QUOTES with HAIKU .

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The Old People would gather words
as they walked a sacred path
across the Earth,
leaving nothing behind
but prayers and offerings.


– Cleone Thunder, NORTHERN ARAPAHOE -



gathering words
one sound at a time -
a haiku life


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Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.


–Tao Te Ching -



free from desire -
you see only
haiku


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Meditation is not meant to help us run away from difficulties.
It is meant to allow positive healing to take place.

To meditate is to learn how to stop
being carried away by our regrets about the past,
our anger or despair in the present,
or our worries about the future.


Thich Nhat Hanh


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People of this world are deluded. They're always longing for something
- always, in a word, seeking.
But the wise wake up. They choose reason over custom.
They fix their minds on the sublime and let their bodies change with the seasons.
All phenomena are empty. They contain nothing worth desiring.
Calamity forever alternates with Prosperity.
To dwell in the three realms is to dwell in a burning house.
To have a body is to suffer.
Does anyone with a body know peace?

Those who understand this detach themselves from all that exists
and stop imagining or seeking anything.
The sutras say, "To seek is to suffer. To seek nothing is bliss."
When you seek nothing, you're on the Path.


Bodhidharma - Daruma San



always looking
for something -
always a haiku

always looking
for nothing -
always haiku




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The real sunrise is in the sky of the heart.
Just as the water jar reflects the sun,
so the entire Universe shines in the heart of the One.
When you are in a train, the whole world appears to pass by.
Similarly,
the whole Universe can be known within the One
[that lives within each heart].


Nityananda



the real sunrise
in the sky of my heart -
a haiku sunrise




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Do not dwell in the past
do not dream of the future,
concentrate the mind
on the present moment.


Thich Nhat Hanh



concentrate your mind
on the present haiku




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After silence,
that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible, is music.


Aldous Huxley



. . . . . that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible,
is haiku




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"It does not require many words to speak the truth."


Archie Fir Lame Deer, Lakota



it does not require
many words to write -
haiku




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For me, the essence of a medicine man's life is
to be humble,
to have great patience,
to be close to the Earth,
to live as simply as possible,
and
to never stop learning.


Archie Fir Lame Deer, Lakota



sounds like the essence of a haiku poet's life . . .



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We are all flowers in the Great Spirit's garden.
We share a common root, and the root is Mother Earth.
The garden is beautiful
because it has different colors in it,
and those colors
represent different traditions
and cultural backgrounds.


Grandfather David Monongye (Hopi)



different colors
different traditions
different haiku



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Slow down and take the time to really see.
Take a moment to see what is going on
around you right now, right where you are.
You may be missing something wonderful.


J. Michael Thomas



take the time
to really see
this haiku




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Painting is silent poetry,
and (but) poetry is painting that speaks.

Die Malerei ist schweigende Poesie,
aber Poesie ist Malerei, die spricht.


Plutarch



painting a poem
with silent words -
haiku




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Happiness
is not in our circumstances, but in ourselves.
It is not something we see, like a rainbow,
or feel, like the heat of a fire.
Happiness is something we are.


John B. Sheerin



happiness -
something we are
with haiku




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Anything that is given can be at once taken away.
We have to learn never to expect anything,
and when it comes it's no more than a gift on loan.


John McGahern



haiku -
a gift on loan
in time and space




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If we learn to open our hearts,
anyone, including the people who drive us crazy,
can be our teacher.


Pema Chodron



this shrieking bird
drives me crazy -
haiku teacher




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Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habit.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.


Lao Tzu



watch your words - they become haiku !



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The Old Man said,
`you are both ugly and handsome and you must accept your ugliness as well as your handsomeness in order to really accept yourself."


-- Larry P. Aitken, CHIPPEWA


My Grandfather told me one time
that any person who is judgmental to another is also judgmental to themselves.
If we want to be free of being judgmental,
we need to first work on how judgmental we are to ourselves.
If we quit judging ourselves and start accepting ourselves as we are,
we will start accepting others as they are.
Then we will experience a level of new freedom.


by White Bison



my haiku -
both ugly and handsome
and then some




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Do not anticipate trouble or worry
about what may never happen.
Keep in the sunlight.


Benjamin Franklin



keep in the sunlight -
find a haiku
right there



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We spend most of our time and energy
in a kind of horizontal thinking.
We move along the surface of things
going from one quick base to another,
often with a frenzy that wears us out.

We collect data, things, people, ideas,
"profound experiences,"
never penetrating any of them. . . .

But there are other times.
There are times when we stop.
We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves or its memory.
We listen
and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.


James Carroll


a pile of leaves -
a new world begins
to whisper







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If you want to stand out,
don't be different,
be outstanding.


Meredith West


if you want to write good haiku
don't try to be different,
be outstanding




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In the measurement world,
you set a goal and strive for it.
In the universe of possibility,
you set the context and let life unfold.


Benjamin and Rosamund Zander


in the world of haiku
you disappear
and let the seasons unfold




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When one is prey to one's emotions,
one is not one's own master.

Baruch Spinoza


In that case better not write a haiku
until you are the master of your emotions
and can leave them behind to observe nature.



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The older I grow,
the more I listen to people
who don't talk much.

Germain G. Glidden


The older I grow,
the more I listen to people
who write haiku.



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So I prayed, but I had to pray from my heart.
All of my concentration and thoughts
went from my head to my heart.
All of my senses
- hearing, smell, taste, and feeling -
were connected to my heart.


Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA


The heart is the gateway to the Unseen World, to the Spirit World.
It takes real concentration to do this.
To connect to our own heart is also a mental state.
It starts in the head and transitions to the heart.
This mental state is our inner stillness.
Be still and know.
This place of the heart is very joyous and peaceful.
It is this place that we become one with God, our Creator.

Elder's Meditation of the Day - September 29


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inner stillness -
then write haiku
from the heart




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Real development
is not leaving things behind,
as on a road,
but drawing life from them,
as from a root.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton


drawing life
from the roots of haiku -
ora ga haru


Ora ga haru, My Spring, by Issa


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The man who lies to himself
is the quickest to take offense
to the opinions of others.


Fydodor Dostoyevsky



This reminds me of the many "haiku wars"
about opinions on HOW TO !



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Listen to all the teachers in the woods.
Watch the trees, the animals, and all living things -
you'll learn more from them than from books.


Joe Coyhis, STOCKBRIDGE-MUNSEE


and then
write a haiku about what you learned !


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If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy,
if a blade of grass springing up in the fields
has power to move you,
if the simple things of nature have a message
that you understand,
rejoice, for your soul is alive.


Eleonora Duse



rejoice, for you can write a haiku !


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You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one.
Each day is a different one,
each day brings a miracle of its own.
It's just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.


Paulo Coelho


. . . . and then, write a haiku about it !





each day
has a different color !
trust in NOW



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Anyone who keeps the ability
to see beauty
never grows old.


Franz Kafka


Anyone who keeps the ability
to write haiku
never grows old.





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You see things as they are;
and you say "Why?"

But I dream things
that never were;
and I say "Why not?"


George Bernard Shaw




why not haiku ?


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What is a weed?
A plant whose virtues
have not yet been discovered.


Ralph Waldo Emerson



what is a haiku?
a poem whose virtues
are yet to be discovered
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or maybe are already discovered ?


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Look at everything
as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then
your time on earth will be filled
with glory.


Betty Smith


my first haiku
my last haiku
my haiku now



source : forum.santabanta.com


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Nature tops the list
of potent tranquilizers and stress reducers.
The mere sound of moving water
has been shown to lower blood pressure.


Patch Adams



- the sound of water
- the healing sound of moving water
- the sound of haiku


Natural Healing Properties of Tranquil Flowing Water


at amazon.com


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Let us be of good cheer,
remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear
are those which never happen.


James Russell Lowell



a haiku never experienced
a haiku never written
and yet - a haiku


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Some people
are making such thorough preparation
for rainy days

that they aren't enjoying
today's sunshine.


William Feather


today's rain
today's sunshine
today's haiku


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Life begins as a quest of the child
to become a man or woman and
ends as a journey by the man or woman
to rediscover the child.


Laurens van der Post


to rediscover the child
discover haiku

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Use what talents you possess;
the woods would be very silent
if no birds sang
except
those that sang best.


Henry Van Dyke




use
what talents you possess -
write your haiku


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Life is a great and wondrous mystery,
and the only thing we know that we have for sure
is what is right here right now.
Don't miss it.


Leo Buscaglia

Felice Leonardo "Leo" Buscaglia Ph.D.

(31 March 1924 – 12 June 1998)
also known as "Dr Love," was an author and motivational speaker, and a professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Southern California.
... Buscaglia worked actively to overcome social and mental barriers that inhibited the expression of love between people, from family to acquaintances to people with disabilities, the institutionalized, and elderly, to complete strangers, often making his own forwardness on the subject a topic of self-deprecating humor.
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Only one person in a thousand knows the trick of really living in the present.
Most of us spend fifty-nine minutes an hour living in the past,
with regret for lost joys or shame for things badly done
(both utterly useless and weakening)
or
in a future which we either long for or dread. . . .
There is only one minute in which you are alive,
this minute, here and now.
The only way to live is by accepting each minute as an unrepeatable miracle.
Which is exactly what it is —
a miracle and unrepeatable.


Storm Jameson

Margaret Storm Jameson
(8 January 1891 – 30 September 1986)
was an English writer, known for her 45 novels, and criticism.
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Every thing or living being that exists in this world,
be it trees, flowers, birds,
grasses, rocks, soil of the earth,
or human beings,
has its unique manner of existence -
its essence, its spirit that makes it what it is.
That is what is meant by connectedness.


-- Larry P. Aitken, CHIPPEWA

Scientists are finally realizing what the Elders have taught for thousands of years - everything is connected. Because everything is interconnected, whatever you do to any one thing, you do to everything. If you poison any part of the earth, the poison eventually affects everything else.
If you poison the plants, the birds will eat the plants, which poisons the birds. The birds are eaten by humans which poisons the humans. The humans will have babies who could be deformed because the plants were poisoned. We must learn to live in harmony with the earth. We must learn to think good things.

Every good thought is felt by everything, which causes everything to be happy.




Let us write Happy Haiku Today!


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One does not need to fast for days
and meditate for hours at a time
to experience the sense of sublime mystery
which constantly envelops us.

All one need do is to notice intelligently,
if even for a brief moment,
a blossoming tree,
a forest flooded with autumn colors,
an infant smiling.


Simon Greenberg



to notice intelligently
to notice more intelligently
to notice a haiku


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Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing,
taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes,
and having fun.


- Mary Lou Cook -


Writing haiku is - - -
inventing, experimenting, growing,
taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes,
and having fun.



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If we could see the miracle
of a single flower clearly,
our whole life would change.


the Buddha


The moment one gives close attention
to anything, even a blade of grass,
it becomes a mysterious, awesome,
indescribably magnificent world in itself.


Henry Miller



a single flower
a blade of grass -
a haiku day


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“What day is it,?" asked Pooh.
"It's today," squeaked Piglet.
"My favorite day," said Pooh.



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We must learn that we cannot be loved by all people.
That is the ideal.
In the world of people, it is not often found.
We can be the finest plum in the world,
ripe, juicy, sweet, succulent and offer ourselves to all.

But we must remember
that there will be people who do not like plums.


source : /www.livinglifefully.com



he likes me
he likes me not -
pickled plums




. friends on facebook .


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There are days
when you don't have a song in your heart.
Sing anyway.


Emory Austin


There are days
when you don't have a haiku in your heart.
Find a haiku anyway.



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grasping at a thought
grasping at nothing
— winter gloves

Kent Dorsey


there're days
when you don't find haiku in your heart
I'll read one for you ...

Hideo Suzuki



there are days
when it's cold in the kitchen
I rise to find haiku

Geoff Sanderson


Shared by friends on Facebook
Joys of Japan


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The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you
to enter the house of his wisdom
but rather leads you to threshhold of your mind.


Kalil Gibran



at the threshhold
of my mind I find
- haiku



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The opposite of a fact is a falsehood,
but the opposite of one profound truth
may very well be another profound truth.


Niels Bohr

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observing nature -
the profound truth
of haiku


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The surface of life is also in a state of constant flux, with good days and bad, victory and defeat. To maintain, as the ocean does, a deep inner calm, while the storms of misfortune, reverses, fears and worries lash at the surface of life, is to discover the secret of serenity.

Years ago, when Thomas Edison's factory burned down, he wasted no time bemoaning his fate. Immediately after the disaster the reporters found a calm, quiet man already at work on plans for a new building.

When Emerson's home was destroyed by fire and his precious books were being reduced to ashes, Louisa May Alcott came to console him. The great philosopher said, "Yes, yes, Louisa, they are all gone, but let us enjoy the blaze now. Isn't it beautiful!"
Some people are ocean personalities. In their inner depths they are not defeated by what happens to them.

The towering waves of circumstances cannot reach us when we go deep within to seek the peace that passes all understanding. While the surface of life is in turmoil we can find an inner calmness to see us through.

Wilferd A. Peterson


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Peace. May peace be with you.
What a wonderful part of life peace is, and how little of it we tend to see in the hustle and bustle of daily life. It's there, though--it's just not in the headlines, not on the newscasts, not on the game shows or reality programming. It's not in the advertising, because ads depend upon us losing our inner sense of calm in favor of a strong desire for a product or service. Thich Nhat Hanh says that "Peace is every step," and every major religion urges us to develop our peace, for only when we're at peace can we get everything there is to get out of life.

Why is this? I suppose it's clear when we think about the lack of peace--it's a sense of dissonance, a sense that something's wrong, even if we can't identify the problem. When we have that dissonance, though, it's difficult to go forward in other areas without taking care of that dissonance first. "I'll be happy or content as soon as. . . " or "I won't be happy until. . . " are the two most common ideas that dissonance creates in us, and even though when we're feeling good we can see the flaw in that logic, we're not always feeling good, are we?

Peace can come only when we see truly what really matters and what really is not significant in our lives. Losing a job is quite a blow, but it really does nothing to the person we are in our depths--unless we let it. If we lose a material possession, that's all we've done, and spending hours agonizing over the loss will only hurt us and make us waste our valuable present moments on agony.

Peace comes from inside of us, as Wilferd Peterson says. It's there in each of us, yet we often keep it locked away, rarely to be let loose into the light of day. Instead, we allow anxiety, worry, stress, jealousy, and all of the other parts of ourselves--everything from Pandora's box, if you will--out into our selves, and they determine how we feel. They rob us of our peace by blocking it off, keeping it down, and overwhelming us with their own needs. Anxiety needs us to worry if it's going to stay alive, so it keeps our minds filled with worrisome thoughts. Peace needs us to let go if it's to thrive, to let go of results and expectations, while all of the negative things want us to try to maintain control, an effort that is doomed to failure.

Emerson and Edison knew there was nothing they could do about their buildings. So they made use of the present moment as best as they could, and they didn't lose their peace. Let your peace to the surface, and try to create conditions in your mind in which peace can thrive. It can only benefit you, in both the short and long runs.

Living Life Fully - January 27, 2016

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bohr -
Both statements are quite deep, and thought provoking:) I study theoretical physics and quantum mechanics, and find observing nature quite entrancing:)

I love haiku about nature because it is the observation itself which is shared with others. Pure observation and haiku have much in common, and both are beautiful to me:)

(Happy Haiku Forum)

Anonymous said...

I've seen lots of happiness quotes on FB and I must say they really inspire me.
"Quotes about happiness" are simply inspirational and can make me smile.
Thanks for sharing.
Krissy Clarke