“You control anything conscious. Anything unconscious controls you..”

Layyah fruit vegetable market – Pakistan – Kamran Ali – Originally posted at Flickr

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I love the challenging and succinct nature of ;

You control anything conscious.

Anything unconscious controls you.

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For me we take rest in at-one-ment but we are intended to enjoy life via the Ten Thousand Things ,
as well in
at-one-ment.

The two, for us are equally important – like two wings for a bird to fly – the one wing that keeps the mindfulness, the repeated touching base with the Whole, in which our assertive lower self is quietened. The other wing is the unending g
lories
of the world of duality, The Kingdom of Names, the ‘Ten Thousand things’. The two are the yin and yang that enable us to grow in consciousness. Both are indispensable.

Language, thought, concepts dialogue are the yang without which there would be no development of our consciousness.

The great Master Dogen said,

“To study the Buddha Way is to study the self,

to study the self is to forget the self, and

to forget the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand things.”
To be enlightened by the ten thousand things is to recognize the unity of the self and the ten thousand things.