Pessoa on Existence

This is actually meditation in the other sense, of pondering great questions. But it’s focus on the flux of life is not so far off from the concerns addressed, in say, Buddhism:

“Sit still with me in the shade of these green trees, which have no weightier thought than the withering of their leaves when autumn arrives, or the stretching of their many stiff fingers into the cold sky of the passing winter. Sit still with me and meditate on how useless effort is, how alien the will, and on how our very meditation is no more useful than effort, and no more our own than the will. Meditate too on how a life that wants nothing can have no weight in the flux of things, but a life the wants everything can likewise have no weight in the flux of things, since it cannot obtain everything, and to obtain less than everything is not worthy of souls that seek the truth.”
― Fernando PessoaThe Education of the Stoic

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Clinical Psychologist practicing in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

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