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to thine own self be true


 

OF THE TWO WITNESSES, HOLD THE PRINCIPAL ONE

In any situation there are two witnesses: other people’s view of you and your own view of yourself. Of those, the principal witness is your own insight. You should not just go along with other people’s opinion of you. The practice of this slogan is always to be true to yourself. This slogan says that of the two witnesses, hold the principal one as the actual, authentic one. That authentic witness is you.

Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness
by Chögyam Trungpa,

 

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This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.

William Shakespeare  (1564 – 1616)

 

Finally the last…. from Bella and Shirley by pd lyons


 

Finally the last….

she came down on him hard

brought her full weight onto his chest

grabbed by the hair his gasping face pulled toward her own

she spit

hauled him to his feet

where he had sense enough to notice my weapon.

she’d shifted around

held him from behind

knife to his throat

making certain he got to see his comrades.

dragged him to the tree

rope she called for

he tried to struggle

she knocked the legs out from him.

we secured him with rope and to that tree.

sitting there in the dirt gagged by a rag from one of the dead men.

I jammed his face with the butt of my weapon before we left.

~

 Leave him.

Let him be a sign  for the rest.

~

we didn’t go far

only into the woods to where we’d stashed our gear.

Shirley slept

immediately

soundly

while I,

exhausted from  bearing witness

unable to escape the running tension of my dreams

dozed in and out

unsure.

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