One Only Throws a Stick at a Lion Once

I want to WEAR this, I love it so much

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“When you run after your thoughts, you are like a dog chasing a stick: every time a stick is thrown, you run after it. Instead, be like a lion who, rather than chasing after the stick, turns to face the thrower. One only throws a stick at a lion once.”

~ Milarepa

Milarepa (1052-1135) was a great Tibetan Yogi who lived an austere life on the bare hillsides of the Himalayas, eking out an existence on donations and the few plants — principally nettles — that grow in that harsh environment. His name means “The Cotton-Clad One,” and he generally wore just a thin sheet, using the heat generated by meditation practices to keep the fierce Tibetan cold at bay.”

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karen Roessler
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 21:16:28

    Back in Iowa from a lovely family trip in Arizona/California. Am missing my meditation time with you – can always use a dose of practiced stick throwing.
    Love you.


  2. LindaNoel
    Apr 02, 2013 @ 16:08:05

    KaPow right in my deep living Solar Plexus . . . then deep breath. . . then the idea-thought-suggestion and the source. oh thank you thank you I think the female lions should…well, the lion I see/in me looks like this. Doesn’t take care of cubs…not inclined in the least.


  3. Littlesundog
    Apr 04, 2013 @ 20:41:26

    I really like this simple philosophy… I need to tap into the lioness within!


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