“The wonder of life is in presence, it’s not in the scenery that happens to be showing up. That’s why you can be looking at the Grand Canyon and feel miserable, or you can be looking at trash blowing down the street and feel ecstasy. The wonder, the ecstasy, the joy, the beauty is in the quality of the looking. It’s in the presence. If you’re looking at the Grand Canyon and thinking that you’ve wasted your whole life, you’ll probably feel miserable. If you’re looking at trash in the gutter and you’re totally present and open and not caught up in thinking, you’ll feel wonderfully alive.” ― Joan Tollifson, Painting the Sidewalk with Water: Talks and Dialogues About Non-Duality

“In enlightenment, there is no separation between “me” and “you.” So in enlightenment, there is no impulse to say that “I” no longer identify as “me,” but “you” still do identify as “you,” or that all desire and fear have completely vanished “for me,” but “you” are still stuck with them, or that “I” am like Ramana Maharshi and “you” are just another bozo on the bus. In enlightenment, it all happens Here / Now and none of it is personal.” ― Joan Tollifson, Painting the Sidewalk with Water: Talks and Dialogues About Non-Duality

“Awakening is simply waking up from, or seeing through, thoughts such as these and the imaginary situations they create in the mind like mirages. Above all, awakening is seeing through the “me” at the center of this whole train of thought, the “me” who wonders if “I” have had an awakening or not. This waking up is very simple. It is not some fantastic, spectacular, one-time event with trumpets blaring and fireworks exploding. Nor is it a personal achievement. We miss it because we’re looking for something extraordinary, something that will enhance “me.” ― Joan Tollifson, Painting the Sidewalk with Water: Talks and Dialogues About Non-Duality

“Awakening is simply waking up from, or seeing through, thoughts such as these [of having awakened or not] and the imaginary situations they create in the mind like mirages. Above all, awakening is seeing through the “me” at the center of this whole train of thought, the “me” who wonders if “I” have had an awakening or not. This waking up is very simple. It is not some fantastic, spectacular, one-time event with trumpets blaring and fireworks exploding. Nor is it a personal achievement. We miss it because we’re looking for something extraordinary, something that will enhance “me.” ― Joan Tollifson, Painting the Sidewalk with Water: Talks and Dialogues About Non-Duality

“The wonder of life is in presence, it’s not in the scenery that happens to be showing up. That’s why you can be looking at the Grand Canyon and feel miserable, or you can be looking at trash blowing down the street and feel ecstasy. The wonder, the ecstasy, the joy, the beauty is in the quality of the looking. It’s in the presence. If you’re looking at the Grand Canyon and thinking that you’ve wasted your whole life, you’ll probably feel miserable. If you’re looking at trash in the gutter and you’re totally present and open and not caught up in thinking, you’ll feel wonderfully alive.” ― Joan Tollifson, Painting the Sidewalk with Water: Talks and Dialogues About Non-Duality