“Where there is great love, there are always miracles.” 
― Willa Cather


Happiness by Lama Gendun Rinpoche 

Happiness cannot be found 
through great effort and willpower, 
but is already here, right now, 
in relaxation and letting go. 
Don't strain yourself, there is nothing to do. 
Whatever arises in the mind 
has no importance at all, 
because it has no reality whatsoever. 

Don't become attached to it. Don't pass judgement. 
Let the game happen on its own, 
emerging and falling back - without changing anything - 
and all will vanish and begin anew, without end. 
Only our searching for happiness prevents us from seeing it. 
It is like a rainbow which you run after without ever catching it. 
Although it does not exist, it has always been there 
and accompanies you every instant. 
Don't believe in the reality of good and bad experiences; 
they are like rainbows. 
Wanting to grasp the ungraspable you exhaust yourself in vain. 
As soon as you relax this grasping, 
there is space - open, inviting and comfortable. 
So make use of it. Everything is already yours. 
Search no more, 
Don't go into the inextricable jungle 
looking for the elephant who is already quietly at home. 

Nothing to do, 
nothing to force, 
nothing to want 
and everything happens by itself.

Montreal 2011

"THE GUEST HOUSE" by Jallaludin Rumi (translation by Coleman Barks)  

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. 
A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.  

Welcome and entertain them all! 
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, 
who violently sweep your house 
empty of its furniture, 
still, treat each guest honorably. 
He may be clearing you out 
for some new delight. 
The dark thought, the shame, the malice. 
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in. Be grateful for whatever comes. 
because each has been sent 
as a guide from beyond.