Lux In Tenebris Lucet: Thursday, December 22
Day 25 of our 28-day Advent journey of mini-dispatches to give you pause and light.
"The fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on."
—from Carl Sandburg’s “Fog”
"When there is mist on the mountains, it is beautiful, and when there is no mist, it is also beautiful. All four seasons are beautiful. You are beautiful, and your friends are beautiful. There is nothing to stop you from being in touch with life in the present moment. The question is, Do you have eyes that can see the sunset, feet that can touch the earth? If the Buddha were to transmit his eyes to you, would you know how to use them? Don’t think that happiness will be possible only when conditions around you become perfect. Happiness lies in your own heart. You only need to practice mindful breathing for a few seconds and you’ll be happy right away. Confucius said, “What greater joy can there be than putting into practice what you have learned?”
—Thich Nhat Hanh, from The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching