Before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water; after enlightenment, chop wood and carry water. – Zen proverb
No mud, no lotus. -Thich Nhat Hanh
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. – Buddha
These three quotes intertwine, for me.
Lotus flowers grow in the nastiness of mud and then have to crawl their way to the surface to blossom into the beautiful flowers we know them as.
The past is said and done. It’s gone and has zero hold on who you can become or what you can do. Yet, simultaneously, the past has everything to do with who we are right now and how we perceive everything, including our options and selves. Also, how we use our past changes everything for us.
That first quote… It has many meanings. But for me, I haven’t figured something out yet. Something I just can’t put into words.
Words are important.
What are some quotes that really resonate with you?