Enlightenment, peace, and joy will not be granted by someone else. The well is within us, and if we dig deeply in the present moment, the water will spring forth. We must go back to the present moment in order to be really alive.
It seems to me that Kubo can't even control his own characters in 686. While he tried really hard to give a married vibe for the canon couples, I can barely sense the presence of Ichigo in it (or Rukia). It was only when he interacted with Rukia did I really see him again, this is just so weird.
That’s right. Because their characters in 686 are fundamentally different than who they are portrayed to be over a decade, they appear to be “not present” in the moment. It’s just like when you have a close friend you have known for years and if they suddenly start acting weird you would know immediately something is wrong and see right through them. I didn’t think much of the ichiruki moments in 686 personally, I can’t really recognize the guy in that chapter. It is not Ichigo for sure. There is no reason for someone to look so terrible at just 27 and I don’t mean just physical looks, he looks so terribly beat and just done with life. Rukia doesn’t look like herself either. So it’s quite easy to ignore the last two chapters.
if we are so busy searching
for worth that we miss the
sapphire sky and cackling
blackbird. what else is missing?
maybe we try too hard to be remembered, waking to the glowing yellow disc in ignorance, swearing that today will be the day, today we will make something of our lives. what if we are so busy searching for worth that we miss the sapphire sky and cackling blackbird. what else is missing? maybe our steps are too straight and our paths too narrow and not overlapping. maybe when they overlap someone in another country lights a candle
Mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to be present; inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness, mindfulness, and equanimity right here and right now.
I took a cable car to get here just as the sun was setting. When I arrived, the guy operating the station said “Where are you trying to go?”
I said, “What is there?”
“At this time of night? Nothing but surf,” he told me.
That’s what I want!”
No one was there, so once I got my pictures I waded out until
the water was up to my thighs. It was a hot night and the water was warm and yes, those are oil rigs just offshore. But the moon was out, I was on the other side of the world from my home, I was all alone with my feet in the sand and water all around me, so I just started laughing. I was here, present in the moment in a way that I hadn’t been for months.
When you are washing the dishes, washing the dishes must be the most important thing in your life. Just as when you are drinking tea, drinking tea must be the most important thing in your life. Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the whole world revolves—slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.
Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.
Meditation plays a big role in my life. Meditation fortifies my spirit, improves my focus, my desire. When I fight I try to empty my mind. It’s called Mushin. When I don’t see anything around me, I only see that moment. Nothing else matters. that was how I was taught to live.