Mission Statement

MISSION STATEMENT: To Live an Honest and Authentic Life.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Navajo Prayer

"Happily may I walk.
May it be beautiful before me.
May it be beautiful behind me.
May it be beautiful below me.
May it be beautiful above me.
May it be beautiful all around me.
In beauty it is finished."

May Sarton

"She became for me an island of light, fun, wisdom where I could run with my discoveries and torments and hopes at any time of day and find welcome."

Emily Dickinson

"Hope, is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul...
And sings the tune without words
And never stops... At all"

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

plato

"one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics, is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."

sing

~Lennon~ "Imagine there's no heaven, It's easy if you try, No hell below us, Above us only sky, Imagine all the people, Living for today...

Imagine there's no countries, It isn't hard to do, Nothing to kill or die for, And no religion too, Imagine all the people, Living life in peace...

You may say I'm a dreamer, But I'm not the only one, I hope someday you'll join us, And the world will be as one...

Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can, No need for greed or hunger, A brotherhood of man, Imagine all the people, Sharing all the world...

~Osbourne~ "Gazing through the window at the world outside, Wondering will mother earth survive, Hoping that mankind will stop abusing her sometime...

After all there's only just the two of us, And here we are still fighting for our lives, Watching all of history repeat itself, Time after time...

I'm just a dreamer, I dream my life away, I'm just a dreamer, Who dreams of better days...

I watch the sun go down like everyone of us, I'm hoping that the dawn will bring a sign, A better place for those Who will come after us, This time...

Your higher power may be God or Jesus Christ, It doesn't really matter much to me, Without each others help there ain't no hope for us, I'm living in a dream of fantasy...

If only we could all just find serenity, It would be nice if we could live as one, When will all this anger, hate and bigotry, Be gone?"


22 October 1982

~ed abbey~
     "Once again we citizens of America confront the farce of another make believe election.  Tweedledum, tweedledee and tweedledoo - the bad, the worse, the ridiculous.  Once again we are supposed to try to figure out which is the lesser evil.  In truth there is no choice, all of the major candidates are financed by corporate money, all of them support and promote the industrial expansion and commercial greed which is gradually destroying this country. Politics has become a game for millionaires or the cronies of millionaires; no wonder that our quisling officials work for the interest of the rich and powerful.  As Will Rogers once said, 'We have the best politicians that money can buy.'
     To vote in such a rigged scheme amounts to tacit consent.  If it were not for the presence on the ballot of some propositions deserving our support (placed there by the citizens, of course, not by our cowardly politicians), one would be tempted to ignore the whole sick comedy.  But there is one more rule worth considering:  when in doubt, when there is little choice, always vote against the incumbent.  Keep the rascals rotating.  The one thing worse than a hack politician is a hack politician entrenched in power.  Power corrupts, and the longer in power, the more corrupt they become."

Friday, July 29, 2016

Gandhi

"True morality, consists not in following the beaten track, but in finding the righteous path for ourselves and following it fearlessly."

einstein

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."

ed abbey

"There is no land more kind than home.  Where you have found your happiness!"

ed abbey

"I've imagined that maybe at the moment of death, the mind experiences the glory of eternity in that very instant.  In that flash between life and death.  And then everything shuts off but doesn't know that it shuts off because the last conscious perception was the realization of eternity.  Then the body decays and its elements meld with other forms of matter."

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

beloved

tiny feet
wandering in
sand

the salt
of your smell
engulfing
my senses

unconditionally

unconditional love

figure eights
running through
my mind

in times
past
my tears
comforted by
your tiny kisses

now needed
more than
ever, but
unable to
grasp...

long hikes
long walks
long time

your beauty
overwhelms
me

my heart
still
swollen
with love

the gifts I 
gave
were less 
than I 
received

did i think
that i could
keep you alive
forever?

yes.

daughter
companion
friend

you held my 
secrets

chased my
demons

and found
my laugh

first true trust
first true promise
first true love

a part of me...

has gone with you.

innocence, naivety
the lost child in me

her heart stopped
with yours

I laid
her in the
ground
with you

entwined in
each other

an eternal embrace
for our eternal slumber

goodbye my love.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fry

"Shall we live in mystery and yet conduct ourselves as though everything were known?"

Lindbergh

"it is as if the intensity of grief fused the distance between you and the dead.  or perhaps, in reality, part of one dies.  like orpheus, one tried to follow the dead on the beginning of their journey.  but one cannot, like orpheus, go all the way, and after a long journey one comes back.  if one is lucky, one is reborn."

marcel proust

"We are healed of suffering only by experiencing it to the full."

Friday, July 08, 2016

Charles Dickens

"And can it be that in a world so full and busy, the loss of one weak creature makes a void in any heart, so wide and deep that nothing but the width and depth of vast eternity can fill it up!"

Kafka

"A book should serve as an axe for the frozen sea within us."

Camus

"In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."

Thursday, June 30, 2016

on the mount

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."

Proverb

"He that conceals his grief finds no remedy for it."

Hickman

"And in the holy distillations of this moment, how we are comforted by the blessing of warm sun, soft wind, the green earth."

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Alfred Tennyson

"I sometimes hold it half a sin
To put in words the grief I feel;
For words, like nature, half reveal
And half conceal the Soul within."

proust

"there is no more ridiculous custom than the one that makes you express sympathy once and for all on a given day to a person whose sorrow will endure as long as his life.  such grief, felt in such a way, is always "present" and it is never too late to talk about it, never repetitious to mention it again."

martha hickman

"we were surprised and disappointed that people we thought were good friends became distant, uneasy, and seemed unable to help us.  others who were casual acquaintances became suddenly close, sustainers of life for us.  grief changes the rules, and sometimes rearranges the combinations."

Thursday, June 23, 2016

steinbeck

“It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.” 

Winterson

“You’ll get over it…” It’s the clich├ęs that cause the trouble. To lose someone you love is to alter your life for ever. You don’t get over it because ‘it” is the person you loved. The pain stops, there are new people, but the gap never closes. How could it? The particularness of someone who mattered enough to grieve over is not made anodyne by death. This hole in my heart is in the shape of you and no-one else can fit it. Why would I want them to?” 

Louis de Pointe du Lac

"But all my passion went with her golden hair."

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

a hole in the world

“Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night."
~St Vincent Millay~

Irving

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.”

monsoon

"If there was a love strong enough to make you stay...
You'd be here.

But you're not here, 
and with all my tears...
It feels like monsoon every day."

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Strand

"Nothing could stop you.
Not the best day.  Not the quiet.  Not the ocean rocking.
You went on with your dying."

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Joan Didion

"Nothing I read about grief seemed to exactly express the craziness of it; which was the interesting aspect of it to me - how really tenuous our sanity is."

gone

"It is hard to forget, when there is such an empty space when you have gone."

Garden

"Grief can be the garden of compassion. 
If you keep your heart open through everything, 
your pain can become your greatest ally 
in your life's search for love and wisdom."

river runs through it...

"Each one of us here today will, at one time in our lives, look upon a loved one in need and ask the same question: We are willing Lord, but what, if anything, is needed? For it is true that we can seldom help those closest to us. Either we don’t know what part of ourselves to give, or more often than not, that part we have to give... is not wanted. And so it is those we live with and should know who elude us... But we can still love them... We can love—completely—even without complete understanding..."

Grief


"Life's not a song. 
Life isn't bliss. 
Life is just this: it's living. 
You'll get along. The pain that you feel, it only can heal by living. 
You have to keep on living, so one of us is living."

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thomas Browne

"We carry with us the wonders, we seek without us: There is all Africa, and her prodigies in us; we are that bold and adventurous piece of nature, which he that studies, wisely learns in a compendium, what others labour at in a divided piece and endless volume."

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

As the Buddha says...

"So watch the thought and its ways with care,
And let it spring from love,
Born out of concern for all beings…
As the shadow follows the body,
As we think, so we become"

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

kevin griffin

"While many people tend to think of spirituality as looking up, toward the heights of perfection or saintliness, the Steps remind us that we must first look down, into the darkness of our souls, and see and accept our shadow before we attain an honest and authentic spiritual life."

Monday, May 16, 2016

more rumi...

"Do not stray into the neighborhood of despair; for there are hopes: they are real, they exist!
Do not go in the direction of darkness; I tell you: suns exist!"

Monday, April 25, 2016

Six Years

"To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part."
~ Aldo Leopold ~

Friday, April 08, 2016

Bruce Lee

"Don't pray for an easy life.  Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one."

Thursday, April 07, 2016

William Gass

"The true alchemists do not change lead into gold.  They change the world into words."

Paulo Coelho

"When you say 'Yes' to others, make sure you are not saying 'No' to yourself."

rumi

"Doing as others told me, I was blind.
Coming when others called me, I was lost.
Then I left everyone, myself as well.
Then I found everyone, myself as well."

Monday, March 28, 2016

One Altar

"I go into the Muslim mosque and the Jewish synagogue and the Christian church and I see one altar."
~Rumi~

Rumi

"When you're walking through the graveyard at night 
and you see a boogeyman, run AT it,
and it will go away."

"Let the beauty we love be what we do."

"Be patient.
Respond to every call
that excites your spirit."

"Don't regret what's happened.  If it's in the past,
let it go."

"This world is a mountain.  What we do
is a shout.  The echo comes back to you."

"Some human beings are safe havens.
Be companions with them.
Others may seem to be friends,
but they're really consuming your essence"

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Appreciating Ourselves

"We are the greatest thing that will ever happen to us. Believe it. It makes life much easier.

It is time to stop this nonsense of running around picking on ourselves.
We may have walked through much of our life apologizing for ourselves either directly or indirectly—feeling less valuable than others, believing that they know better than we do, and believing that somehow others are meant to be here and we are not.
We have a right to be here.
We have a right to be ourselves.
We are here. There is a purpose, a reason, and an intention for our life. We do not have to apologize for being here or being who we are.
We are good enough, and deserving.
Others do not have our magic. We have our magic. It is in us.
It doesn’t matter what we’ve done in our past. We all have a past, woven with mistakes, successes, and learning experiences. We have a right to our past. It is ours. It has worked to shape and form us. As we progress on this journey, we shall see how each of our experiences will be turned around and used for good.
We have already spent too much time being ashamed, being apologetic, and doubting the beauty of ourselves. Be done with it. Let it go. It is an unnecessary burden. Others have rights, but so do we. We are neither less than nor more than. We are equal. We are who we are. That is who we were created and intended to be.
That, my friend, is a wonderful gift.
God, help me own my power to love and appreciate myself. Help me give myself validity instead of looking to others to do that."

~Melody Beattie~

Anne Lamott

"You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image if it turns out that your God hates the same people you do."

Cobain

"I would rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I am not."

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Timber Hawkeye

"No one can drive you crazy, unless you give them the keys."

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Bob Dylan

"Just when you think you lost everything, you find out that you can always lose a little more."

Gesshin Greenwood

"From the ultimate perspective, True practice is all the same practice. There's zazen in the morning, work, zazen and then sleep. Throughout zazen and work and sleep there's always your mind, your thoughts and opinions and emotions drifting by like clouds. There's your attitude and attention, which is the only thing you can really control: how you relate to people, how you chop vegetables, the quality of your interaction with the world around you. There are doubts and fears and then letting go of those doubts, and continuing with practice. The water is clear right down to the bottom, and fish swim like fish."

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Thomas Edison

"The doctor of the future will give no medicines, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the causes and prevention of disease."

10 x 10

“To rise at six, dine at ten, sup at six and go to bed at ten, makes one live ten times ten." 
~ 16th century proverb

Einstein

"A human being is a part of the whole called by us 'the universe', a part limited in time and space.  He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of consciousness.  This delusion is a  kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest to us.  Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening the circle of understanding and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

Monday, February 01, 2016

Sakyong Mipham

"The most outrageous thing we can do in this world is to accept what happens and fly with it."

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Samuel Beckett

"Ever tried.  Ever failed.  No matter.  Try again. Fail again.  Fail better."

Monday, January 25, 2016

Don Miguel Ruiz

"Once lived, the past has very little value.  And yet we carry its lifeless body into all future moments.  Allowing it to crush us with its weight, to identify us, and to speak for us."

Mark Twain

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.  Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great"

Sakyong Mipham

"We are meant not to wait for moments of love to randomly arise but to be always cultivating love like a garden.  We need to till the soil so that the seed of our love can open, sprout and break through.  If we water it and give it air and sunshine, it will grow."

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Nelson Mandela

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."

Jim Morrison

"Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free."

Bruce Lee

“I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged. I cannot blindly follow the crowd and accept their approach. I will not allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that and I have come to understand that life is best to be lived and not to be conceptualized. I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly not knowing where the limit lies. To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery. I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude.”

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Albert Camus

"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer."

Dalai Lama

"Don't let the behaviors of others destroy your inner peace."

Paulo Coelho

"Life has many ways of testing a person's will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once."

Friday, January 08, 2016

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience."

Thich Nhat Hanh

"To be beautiful means to be yourself.  You don't need to be accepted by others.  You need to accept yourself."

Live In Truth


"Once when golfer Bobby Jones was playing in a big tournament, he inadvertently moved his ball a few inches in the rough.  He penalized himself based on what had happened.  When someone pointed out to him that no one else had seen the ball move, he said, 'I saw it move, and that is all that matters.'"
~Sakyong Mipham~

Ajahn Chah

"If you let go a little
you will have a little happiness.
If you let go a lot
you will have a lot of happiness.
If you let go completely
you will be free."

Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year

"Affirming the Good

Fun becomes fun, love becomes love, life becomes worth living. And we become grateful.

Wait, and expect good things—for yourself and your loved ones.
When you wonder what is coming, tell yourself the best is coming, the very best life and love have to offer, the best God and His universe have to send. Then open your hands to receive it. Claim it, and it is yours.
See the best in your mind; envision what it will look like, what it will feel like. Focus, until you can see it clearly. Let your whole being, body and soul, enter into and hold onto the image for a moment.
Then, let it go. Come back into today, the present moment. Do not obsess. Do not become fearful. Become excited. Live today fully, expressing gratitude for all you have been, all you are, and all you will become.
Wait, and expect good things.
Today, when I think about the year ahead, I will focus on the good that is coming."

~Melody Beattie~

Monday, December 28, 2015

The Dark Side

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”
– Yoda

Peace


"Peace requires us to surrender our illusions of control.  We can love and care for others but we cannot possess our children, lovers, family, or friends.  We can assist them, pray for them, and wish them well, yet in the end their happiness and suffering depend on their thoughts and actions, not on our wishes."
~Jack Kornfield~

Indifference

"Indifference pretends to create peace, but it is based on not caring, a silent resignation.  It is a movement away, a separation fed by a subtle fear of the heart.  We pull back, believing that what happens to others is not our concern.  Our courage leaves us.  Indifference is a misguided way of defending ourselves."
~Jack Kornfield~

John Gato

"Think of the things that are killing us as a nation: drugs, brainless competition, recreational sex, the pornography of violence, gambling, alcohol, and the worst pornography of all - lives devoted to buying things, accumulation as a religion."