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Dec. 30th, 2008

01:37 pm - A strange kind of wealth

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“In these moments of peace, deprivation seems a strange sort of gift. I find food in a couple hours of fishing each day, and I seek shelter in a rubber tent. How unnecessarily complicated my past life seems. For the first time, I clearly see a vast difference between human needs and human wants. Before this voyage, I always had what I needed — food, shelter, clothing, and companionship — yet I was often dissatisfied when I didn’t get everything I wanted, when people didn’t meet my expectations, when a goal was thwarted, or when I couldn’t acquire some material goody. My plight has given me a strange kind of wealth, the most important kind. I value each moment that is not spent in pain, desperation, hunger, thirst, or loneliness.”

Steven Callahan
Adrift: Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea

He who is ever brooding over the result, often loses nerve in the performance of duty. He becomes impatient and then gives vent to anger and begins to do unworthy things; he jumps from action to action, never remaining faithful to any. He who broods over results is like a man given to the objects of the senses; he is ever distracted, he says good-bye to all scruples, everything is right in his estimation and he therefore resorts to means fair and foul to attain his end.


Quotes from How you can practice non-attachment in your daily life. by Adam Khan

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Date:December 31st, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)
Sounds like a cool experience. Why did you decide to do it?
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Date:December 31st, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
Beautifully put.
I find these spaces meditating - the places where nothing else exists, not even the me that wants.
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