1. River had never lost his cool


    River had never lost his cool, not since I’d known him. That was the thing about River. He was calm. Calm as a summer’s day. Calm as a gentle nap in the sun. Even when girls were fainting and men were slitting their throats in front of you. ~April Genevieve Tucholke

  2. Nature of the river


    One man watches a river flow by. If he does not wish it to flow, to change ceaselessly in accord with its nature, he will suffer great pain. Another man understands that nature of the river is to change constantly, regardless of his likes and dislikes, and therefore he does not suffer. To know existence as this flow, empty of lasting pleasure, void of self, is to find that which is stable and free of suffering, to find true peace in the world. ~Ajahn Chah


  3. River




    This river knows nothing but her name
    She is the hard blue muscle
    That pumps blood into the mouth of morning,
    The woman who sits at the edge of sorrow
    Grafting time into the shape of a clay pot or reed basket,
    Insatiable with longing and filled with the ovaries of stars,
    The mind of all things drawn to silt and sludge,
    To pools and ferns.
    Currents streak her back with a name that means dreaming fish
    Where ripples of reed ducks and water rats pattern hieroglyphs
    Against her wide green thighs.
    She is the water that we shed as tears, scooped up by the hands of night
    And poured into the throat of day, turquoise and lapis, emerald and jade.
    The moon hums against her skin.
    She knows nothing but her name rising as fog over fields,
    Or sleeping in limbs of apple trees as the Eyeless One
    Who spirals through a thousand lifetimes and dances Kali or Quan Yin.
    Look, the animals are searching for their reflection in her face.
    Even the God who sleeps curled in the belly of small creatures
    Wakes up, slips on her mask of moonlight
    And swims from this opening into Mother Ocean.
    She splashes their bodies with moss and now they are snarled
    In her net of fish scales and seal bone.
    These are the knees of devotion,
    The tangled roots of our lives coming to fruition.
    The river is a mirror for our bodies.
    She carries the planets inside her belly and hums the earth into being
    So that our bodies, blooming with their fisted flowers of blood
    Are filled with that song.
    The River, who speaks in tongues, is born and dies
    In the fissured cracks of our cells so that
    We become the sleeping center of the shell,
    The speck of sand turning into pearl.

    ~Devreaux Baker

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Just the way it is

1. Accept everything just the way it is.
2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
3. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.
4. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.
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6. Do not regret what you have done.
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