Thoughts Are Like Geese, Flying over a Lake

Judging yourself causes
Separation between right and wrong.
Right and wrong creates shame or pride
And an inner shadow.

Labeling thoughts, words, or deeds,
As acceptable or unacceptable
Takes one from wholeness and integrity
Into light and darkness.

Therefore, follow the pattern of virtue
Set forth by nature.
Let your heart shine joy and love to all,
Like the Sun towards the Earth.

Watch your judgments, shame,
And pride float by,
Like a lake watches a flock of geese fly over.

In this way, the Sage allows
The coming and going of people, thoughts, and energy
Without grasping, without gain or loss.
Because of this, he is at peace.

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