In all ten directions

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In all ten directions of the universe …

In all ten directions of the universe,
there is only one truth.
When we see clearly, the great teachings are the same.
What can ever be lost? What can be attained?
If we attain something, it was there from the beginning of time.
If we lose something, it is hiding somewhere near us.
Look: this ball in my pocket:
can you see how priceless it is?

Ryokan
translated from the Japanese
by Stephen Mitchell
Soul Food

If we lose something, it is hiding somewhere near us. 

I need only stillness and quiet breath enough to see the pricelessness in what is ‘in my pocket’, my hand, my life, right now. Aware of my heartbeat and that of the universe.

Like Rabindranath Tagore, trying and failing to count stars, I soon lose count of the gifts in my hand. But I have confidence in still further graces ‘hiding somewhere near us’.

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