Mission Statement

MISSION STATEMENT: To Live an Honest and Authentic Life.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Landslide

"I took my love and took it down
I climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow-covered hills
Till the landslide brought me down

Mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?

Well, I've been afraid of changing
'Cause I've built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I'm getting older too

I take my love, take it down
I climb a mountain and turn around
And if you see my reflection in the snow-covered hills
Will the landslide bring you down
And if you see my reflection in the snow-covered hills
Will the landslide bring you down,
The landslide bring you down"

 ~Stevie Nicks~

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rudyard Kipling

"For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack."

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

St Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, harmony;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
 For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Your Erroneous Zones

"Take a look at the way the world works.  To put it succinctly, you can never please everyone.  In fact, if you please fifty percent of the people, you are doing quite well.  This is no secret.  You know that at least half of the people in your world are going to disagree with at least half of the things you say.  If this is accurate (and you need only to look at landslide elections to see that forty-four percent of the population still voted against the winner), then you will always have about a 50-50 chance of getting some disapproval when you voice an opinion.

Armed with this knowledge, you can start to look at disapproval in a new light.  When someone disapproves of something you say [do], instead of being hurt, or instantly shifting your opinion [behaviour] to gain praise, you can remind yourself that you've just run into one of those folks in the fifty percent who don't agree with you.  Knowing that you'll always get some disapproval for everything you feel, think, say or do is the way out of the tunnel of despair.  Once you expect it, you won't be inclined to hurt yourself with it, and you'll simultaneously stop equating the repudiation of an idea or a feeling with the repudiation of you."

~ Wayne Dyer ~

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Bhagavad Gita

"Oh, Krishna, the mind is restless, turbulent, strong and unyielding.   I consider it as difficult to subdue as the wind."

Thursday, June 26, 2014

t.s. eliot

“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.”

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Thich Nhat Hanh

"If you truly get in touch with a piece of carrot, you get in touch with the soil, the rain, the sunshine. You get in touch with Mother Earth and eating in such a way, you feel in touch with true life, your roots, and that is meditation. If we chew every morsel of our food in that way we become grateful and when you are grateful, you are happy."

Monday, June 16, 2014

it's all irrelevant

"Those who know do not talk.
Those who talk do not know."

~Lao Tzu~

Monday, June 09, 2014

Maya Angelou


“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

You will never be forgotten.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Dyer

"Give without expecting and Don't be victimized by the expectations of others."

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Strawberry

"A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself down over the edge. The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him. Only the vine sustained him.

Two mice, one white and one black, little by little started to gnaw away the vine. The man saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other. How sweet it tasted!"

 Buddhist Koan

Pantanjali

“Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.”

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Emily Bronte

"Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same."

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Heather Flores

“The amount of electricity you use is directly proportionate to the long-term damage your lifestyle inflicts upon your ecology. Cultivate an outdoor life, rich in experience rather than gadgetry. Go outside and garden. Go for a walk. Stretch. Sing. Play an instrument. Write poetry. Tell jokes. Talk to your neighbors. Daydream. Hang out with dogs and cats. Watch birds, go swimming. Take a nap. Cook. Read. Play with children. Dance. Make. Love.”

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Sameet Kumar

"Happiness is not a light switch. You can't turn it on and leave it on. It's more like a candle in the breeze. Frequently extinguished, it needs to be relit over and over again."

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Dr Sara Gottfried

"Your skin is a mirror of your life."

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Helen Keller

“The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.”

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

James Joyce

"Our secrets sit silent in the dark recesses of our hearts, but even they weary of their tyranny, willing and wanted to be dethroned."

Carrie Brown

“If I can’t ever tell anyone the true story . . . then no one will ever know me.”

Miss Beautiful Tulip

"You can't make unreasonable people be reasonable." it is worth repeating

Saturday, May 03, 2014

John Lennon

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

B.K.S. Iyengar

"Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured."

Allen Ginsberg

“Concentrate on what you want to say to yourself and your friends. Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness. You say what you want to say when you don't care who's listening.”

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Desikachar

"It is not enough to know how to climb a tree; we must also know how to come back down."

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Krishnamacharya

"Where is the conflict when the Truth is known,
Where is the disease when the mind is clear,
Where is the death when the breath is controlled,
Therefore, surrender to Yoga."

Monday, March 31, 2014

VIvekananda

“Was there ever a more horrible blasphemy than the statement that all the knowledge of God is confined to this or that book? How dare men call God infinite, and yet try to compress Him within the covers of a little book!”

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Francis Bacon

"the mind can be enlarged, according to its capacity, to the grandeur of the mysteries, and not the mysteries contracted to the narrowness of the mind"

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Swami Vivekananda

"We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far."

Monday, March 24, 2014

Samuel Johnson

"The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good."

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tiny House

"In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present."

Lao Tzu

Tim Robbins

"Worry is just a meditation on shit"

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Buddha

"Go forward without a path 
Fearing nothing, caring for nothing,
Wandering alone like the rhinoceros
Even as a lion, not trembling at noises,
Even as the wind, not caught in a net,
Even as the lotus leaf, untainted by water,
Do thou wander, like a rhinoceros!" 

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Ray Long

Patanjali, the patron saint of Yoga, said that mastery combines the balance of science and art. Knowledge of science is like the colors on an artist’s palette — the greater the knowledge the more colors available.  The body is the canvas and the Asanas are the art we create.”

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sat~Nam

softly lit
     barely audible

my arms outstretched
     two fingers point away
     thumbs circling back in

a room full of strangers
     and you

Chanting
     Sa
          Ta
               Na
                     Ma

I can feel the vibration
     of your voice

and then I am lost…

eyes closed
     yet gazing
          upwards

floating past the
feeling I am meant
     to release

Seven Minutes
     my arms reach out
I give and take
     in equal measure

I am the universe
     breathing.
pain searing
     my arms

mara is taunting me.

he is dancing in
     front of me
whispering…
          put down your arms

I resist
     breathing in
          through my
               teeth
releasing through my nose

Chanting
     I am.
          Sam~Nat.

Seven
        Six
            Five
                  Four
                       Three
                               Two
                                    One

Our arms collectively fall
     my body
begins to shake

I can feel
     the sobs
         coursing through me

tears silently sliding
     down my cheeks

I hear my teacher
     sigh

and we sit
     I am not the
          only one
               uplifted

the group has been elevated

we float on our vibrational cloud

joining
     compounding

open your eyes

You have opened my eyes.

You see my tears
     and smile

Knowing that I am
     moved.

Knowing that you moved
      me.

Your being moved with all.

You smile.
                   Namaste'

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Osho

"With self-remembering you cannot eat meat, impossible. It is impossible to be so violent if you
remember. It is impossible to harm somebody when you remember, because when you remember
yourself, suddenly you see that the same light, the same flame is burning everywhere, within each
body, each unit. The more you know your inner nature, the more you penetrate the other. How can
you kill for eating? It becomes simply impossible." 

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Dhyana

"As water takes the shape of its container, the mind when it contemplates an object is transformed into the shape of that object." ~Iyengar~

Monday, January 27, 2014

Swami Satchidananda

"We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?"

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Mother Teresa

“In the West we have a tendency to be profit-oriented, where everything is measured according to the results and we get caught up in being more and more active to generate results. In the East — especially in India — I find that people are more content to just be, to just sit around under a banyan tree for half a day chatting to each other. We Westerners would probably call that wasting time. But there is value to it. Being with someone, listening wihtout a clock and without anticipation of results, teaches us about love. The success of love is in the loving — it is not in the result of loving.”

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Henry David Thoreau

"Our houses are such unwieldy property that we are often imprisoned rather than housed by them."