July 27, 2009

Daily Dharma, July 27th, 2009 - The Jewel in the Rubbish Heap

When you see ordinary situations with extraordinary insight it is like discovering a jewel in rubbish. If work becomes part of your spiritual practice, then your regular, daily problems cease to be only problems and become a source of inspiration. Nothing is rejected as ordinary and nothing is taken as being particularly sacred, but all the substance and material available in life-situations is used.

- Chogyam Trungpa, The Myth of Freedom (Shambhala Publications)

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m. heart's picture

I just read the following on a blog I follow (http://elizabeth-aboutnewyork.blogspot.com/2009/07/raw-material.html) and think it relates.

"A poet, someone once said, is a person who looks at one thing and thinks of another."