This Is It:
The Here and Now of Everyday Living
I came to realize clearly that mind is nothing other than
mountains and rivers and the great wide earth, the sun
and the moon and the stars.
It is not necessary for you to try too hard in this practice. All that is necessary is for your mind and body to be present like the moving grasses, the petals of a tulip, the currents and subcurrents of endless rivers. Take your concepts of the body composed of all the elements, your concept of the mind composed by the past, your
selfimage, and cast them off, beyond the world of form. Until we drop our concepts and efforts in this practice, it’s difficult to value the fact that “this is it.” There is nothing special to become or achieve.
—Awake in the World: Teachings from Yoga and Buddhism for Living an Engaged Life by Michael Stone, page 3