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Shaken By Life’s Beauty, Shaken

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“You lethargic, waiting upon me,
waiting for the fire and I
attendant upon you, shaken by your beauty

Shaken by your beauty

~William Carlos Williams

This morning I awoke, meditated in the quiet dark empty room, and then went to make my coffee.

The world outside is wet, and the raindrops patter upon the leaves of the lemon tree, with its bursts of bright yellow.

My kids and Eva asleep, at peace.

And as I drink my coffee I think of you, dear reader.

And I am struck by the beauty of this world, and the fragile human lives struggling to make their way within it.

And shaken.

The pain and stress and anger and sadness and loneliness and frustration and fear and cravings and irritations that we will experience today … they are made up. We can let them go as easily as they arise. They are unnecessary, if we realize that we’ve created them for no good reason.

Instead, see the beauty in every moment. In every person’s so human actions. In our own frailties and failures.

This world is a morning poem, and we have but to see it to be shaken by its beauty, over and over.

~Leo Babauta

Written by MattAndJojang

November 17, 2012 at 9:04 am

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  1. Despite Mr. Babauta’s considerable following and reputation, I have to disagree on one point. He says, “The pain and stress and anger and sadness and loneliness and frustration and fear and cravings and irritations that we will experience today … they are made up.” The implication is that they are fantasy, mental constructs, products of our disordered imaginations. I just don’t believe that. They’re as real as can be. We did not create them.

    But of course, the question is, once stress, anger, etc. arrive, how do we deal with them? And that’s where his wisdom is so important. We are free to let go, to take a different relationship to such feelings. We can’t always change reality, but we certainly can change our relationship to it.


    November 18, 2012 at 4:03 am

  2. Human pain and suffering is an omnipresent reality in our lives. For millenia saints, sages, and all sorts of people have reflected on the matter. Even the great scientist Albert Einstein has weighed on the matter! In his essay “Religion and Science” he writes:

    “Everything that the human race has done and thought is concerned with the satisfaction of deeply felt needs and the assuagement of pain. One has to keep this constantly in mind if one wishes to understand spiritual movements and their development.”

    I don’t know if he’s right in saying the religion is all about “the assuagement of pain.” But, at least, it is true for one religion – Buddhism. The Buddha’s 4 Noble Truths is essentially his prescription on how to free ourselves from the cycle of rebirth and suffering.

    Anyway, you’re right. The question of human suffering is quite a complex matter. And. I think, no one has the last word on the matter.

    Also, for most of us, suffering is by no means an illusion or a fantasy.

    To be able to learn to come to terms with human pain and suffering, and learn to deal with them is one of the great challenges of life. And happy, indeed, is the person who learns to do so…



    November 18, 2012 at 8:09 am

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