“Of course, human beings are also animals.
But here the animal realm means the world
of those who simply follow their desires
and whose hearts of love and understanding
have never had a chance to be cultivated.
My experience has been that we are more easily tempted
into these realms when we are alone.
When we are together with our community,
with our brothers and sisters who are practicing,
we are protected by the energy of the Sangha
and it will not be easy for us to fall into temptation.
So prayer can also be realized in action,
not only in words.
When we have mindfulness,
when we have a Sangha,
we find ourselves in a much more solid position
and we don’t have to fall into temptation.”
Thich Nhat Hanh, The Energy of Prayer:
How to Deepen Your Spiritual Practice
I am the breath of now
poured into the power
of endless creation,
the truth of inexhaustible supply,
in which I walk,
out of whose eyes I see,
in whose body
I seize nothing
but am the course
on which I stay
I breathe as the breath
of pure possibility
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