picking up the arrow

If someone insults us, we usually dwell on it, asking ourselves, “Why did he say that to me?” and on and on. It’s as if someone shoots an arrow at us, but it falls short. Focusing on the problem is like picking up the arrow and repeatedly stabbing ourselves with it, saying, “He hurt me so much. I can’t believe he did that.”

- Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, "Putting Down the Arrow," tricycle.com


no past, no future, only this

"There is nothing other than this present moment; there is no past, there is no future; there is nothing but this. So when we don’t pay attention to each little this, we miss the whole thing."

—Charlotte Joko Beck, "Attention Means Attention," tricycle.com