That is what we planted seeds for this past week, and how truly exquisite the journey is and will be. My only edit is the use of CAPITALS and Bold to highlight my own joy in the search for myself.
The Seeker (Sayings of Buddah)
Master your senses, what you taste and smell, what you see, what you hear.
In all things be a master of what you do and say and think, be free.
You are a seeker. Delight in the mastery of your hands and your feet, of your words and your thoughts.
Delight in meditation, and in solitude. Compose yourself, be happy. YOU ARE A SEEKER!
Hold your tongue. Do not exalt yourself but lighten the way, for your words are sweet.
Follow the truth of the way, reflect upon it. MAKE IT YOUR OWN. Live it. It will always sustain you.
Do not turn away what is given you, Nor reach out for what is given to others, Lest you disturb your quietness.
Give Thanks for what has been given you, however little, be pure never falter.
You have no name and no form. Why miss what you do not have? The seeker is not sorry.
Love and joyfully follow the way, The quiet way to the happy country.
Seeker! Empty the boat, lighten the load, passion desire and hatred.
And sail swiftly.
There are five at the door to turn away, and five more and there are five to welcome in. ( the first 5 are selfishness, doubt, false spirituality, passion and hatred. The second five are longing for birth both with a body and without one, vanity, mental restlessness and ignorance). And when five have been left stranded on the shore, The seeker is called oghatinnoti or he who has crossed over.
Seeker! Do not be restless, meditate constantly. Or you will swallow fire and cry out: “No More”
If you are not wise, how can you steady yourself, what will you ever learn?
How will you become free?
With a quiet mind come into that empty house, your heart, and feel the joy of the way beyond the world.
Look within- the rising and the falling, WHAT HAPPINESS! how sweet to be free!
It is the beginning of life, Of mastery and patience, Of good friends along the way, Of a pure and active life.
So live in love. Do your work. Make an end of your sorrows. For see how the jasmine releases and lets fall Its withered flowers.
Let fall willfulness and hatred.
Are you quiet? Quieten your body. Quieten your mind.
You want nothing. Your words are still. You are still.
By your own efforts Waken yourself, watch yourself. And live joyfully.
You are the master, you re the refuge. As a merchant breaks in a fine horse, Master yourself.
How gladly you follow the words of the awakened.
How quietly, How surely You approach the happy country, The heart of stillness.
However young, The seeker who sets out upon the way Shines bright over the world.
Like the moon, Come out from behind the clouds! SHINE!
Side notes: This retreat was a Findaway not so much a retreat. Find a way to move forward to your next horizon. Be a seeker, find your truth, your passion, your desire to know and love all of you, for it is only beautiful because of the scars. These movements are what is most crucial in finding effortless joy with no dependance on the outcome.