Sunday, March 12, 2017

Isak Dinesen

"Of all the idiots I have met in my life, and the Lord knows that they have not been few or little, I think that I have been the biggest."

Sizo

"If we could untangle the mysteries of life and unravel the energies which run through the world; if we could evaluate correctly the significance of passing events; if we could measure the struggles, dilemmas, and aspirations of mankind, we could find that nothing is born out of time. Everything comes at it's appointed moment."

Hickman

"That's how important we are to each other - as essential as food and water. And especially now, when we are suffering from loss."

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Kahlil Gibran

"And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair."

75th Verse


"When taxes are too high,
people go hungry.
When the government is too intrusive,
people lose their spirit.

Act for the people's benefit;
trust them, by leaving them alone."

Tao Te Ching

Mary Oliver

"You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
     love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you about mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting--
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things."

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Success

"Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life—think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success."
~Swami Vivekananda~

Neal Donald Walsch

"Which snowflake is the most magnificent? Is it possible that they are all magnificent - and that, celebrating their magnificence together they create an awesome display? Then they melt into each other, and into the Oneness.  Yet they never go away.  They never disappear.  They never cease to be. Simply, they change form.  And not just once, but several times: from solid to liquid, from liquid to vapor, from the seen to the unseen, to rise again, and then again to return in new displays of breathtaking beauty and wonder.  This is Life, nourishing Life."

anton chekhov

"should his heart break and the grief pour out, it would flow over the whole earth, it seems, and yet, no one sees it."

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Amish

"We have no enemies; we are all God's children, and forgiveness is at the very core of our christian faith.  If we can't forgive those who are lost and would do harm to us, then our faith in meaningless."

Anne Frank

"in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart... I can feel the suffering of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that all will all come right."

Peace

"Everything in the world is good, is holy and beautiful. If you see something evil, think that you do not understand it in the right light. Throw the burden on yourselves!"
- Swami Vivekananda

Sunday, January 29, 2017

they are coming...

"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me."

MARTIN NIEMÖLLER

Mary Jane Moffat

"Feeling better... I also felt a sense of betrayal for my loved one, even though I rationally knew that sustained grief could be morbid.  Because grief may become a substitute for the dead one, giving up our grief can be the greatest challenge of mourning."

Hindu Proverb

"Help thy brother's boat across, and lo! thine own has reached the shore as well."

Simone de Beauvoir

"In the face of an obstacle which is impossible to overcome, stubbornness is stupid."

Monday, January 16, 2017

MLK

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”

Wayne Dyer

"Let go of all the beliefs that convince you of your inadequacies and shortcomings.  Clean out that closet of worn-out loyalties to what you can and cannot do.  Just open yourself up right in this moment.  Be like a clear, blank slate.  Nothing is imprinted or projected on this slate."

Albert Schweitzer

"Every man has to seek in his own way to make his own self more noble and to realize his own true worth.  You must give some time to your fellow man.  Even if it's a little thing, do something for those who have need of help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.  For remember, you don't live in a world all your own.  Your brothers are here too."

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

R.W.E.

"Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions.  All life is an experiment.  The more experiments you make the better.  What if they are a little coarse, and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice?  Up again; you shall never be so afraid of a tumble."

susan griffith

"The earth is my sister.  I love her daily grace, her silent daring, and how loved I am.  How we admire the strength of each other, all that we have lost, all that we have suffered, all that we know.  We are stunned by this beauty, and I do not forget, what she is to me, what I am to her."

dhammapada

"all that we are is the result of what we have thought.  it is founded on our thoughts; it is made up of our thoughts."

Friday, January 06, 2017

Hafiz

"I am in love with every church
And mosque
And temple
And any kind of shrine
Because I know it is there
That people say the different names
Of the One God."

Schaef

"When we need these healing times, there is nothing better than a good long walk. It is amazing how the rhythmic movements of the feet and legs are so intimately attached to cobweb cleaners in the brain."

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Rabindranath Tagore

“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.”

Roy T. Bennett

“Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals.  If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.”

Louisa May Alcott

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Blum

"Don't worry about what you ought to do or what other people will think.  You cannot predict the eventual outcome of your choice.  All you can do is listen to that little voice deep inside you that knows what you want to do."

Tennyson

"Again at Christmas did we weave 
         The holly round the Christmas hearth; 
         The silent snow possess'd the earth, 
And calmly fell our Christmas-eve: 

The yule-log sparkled keen with frost, 
         No wing of wind the region swept, 
         But over all things brooding slept 
The quiet sense of something lost. "

Monday, December 19, 2016

Alan Watts

"Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone."

Tao

“Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.”

you'll be a Woman, my daughter!

"If you can keep your head when all about you  
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,  
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;  
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;  
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;  
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;  
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,  
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,  
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,  
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,  
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!"
~Rudyard Kipling~

Friday, December 16, 2016

Maya Angelou

“I don't know if I continue, even today, always liking myself. But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes- it is inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, 'Well, if I'd known better I'd have done better,' that's all. So you say to people who you think you may have injured, 'I'm sorry,' and then you say to yourself, 'I'm sorry.' If we all hold on to the mistake, we can't see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can't see what we're capable of being. You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one's own self.”

St John

"I was sad one day and went for a walk;
I sat in a field.

A rabbit noticed my condition and came near.

It often does not take more than that to help at times --

to just be close to creatures who
are so full of knowing,
so full of love
that they don't --
chat,

they just gaze with
their marvelous understanding.

Celtic Prayer

"Bless Thou to be mine eye.
May mine eye bless all it sees;
I will bless my neighbor,
May my neighbor bless me."

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Naomi Long Madgett

"I wouldn't coax the plant if I were you.
Such watchful nurturing may do it harm.
Let the soil rest from so much digging
And wait until it's dry before you water it.
The leaf's inclined to find its own direction;
Give it a chance to seek the sunlight for itself.

Much growth is stunted by too much prodding.
Too eager tenderness.
The things we love we have to learn to leave alone."

Friday, December 02, 2016

25th Verse

"There was something formless and perfect
before the universe was born.
It is serene.  Empty.
Solitary.  Unchanging.
Infinite.  Eternally Present.
It is the Mother of the universe.
For lack of a better name,
I call it the Tao.

I call it great.
Great is boundless;
boundless is eternally flowing;
ever flowing, it is constantly returning.

Therefore, the Way is great,
heaven is great,
earth is great,
people are great.

Thus, to know humanity,
understand earth.
To know earth,
understand heaven.
To know heaven,
understand the Way.
To know the Way,
understand the great within yourself."

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

t.s. eliot

"Because I know that time is always time
And place is always and only place
And what is actual is actual only for one time
And only for one place
I rejoice that things are as they are..."

Dag Hammarskjold

"The light died in the low clouds.  Falling snow drank in the dusk.  Shrouded in silence, the branches wrapped me in their peace.  When the boundaries were erased, once again the wonder: that I exist."

Romain Rolland

"Be reverent before the dawning day.  Do not think of what will be in a year, or in ten years.  Think of today."

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Anne Wilson Schaef

"How wonderful that we not only have the opportunity to live our lives, we have the opportunity to accept them! We have spent so much time and energy foolishly fighting things that we cannot change and butting our heads up against steel-reinforced brick walls that we have not stopped to ask ourselves... Is this the hill I want to die on?"

Lao Tzu

"How can a man's life keep its course
If he will not let it flow?
Those who flow as life flows know
They need no other force:
They feel no wear, they feel no tear,
They need no mending, no repair."

richard bolles

"Use this opportunity.  Make this not only a hunt for a job, but a hunt for a life.  A deeper life, a victorious life, a life you're prouder of.  The world currently is filled with workers whose weeklong cry is, 'When is the weekend going to be here?' And, then, 'Thank God it's Friday!'  Their work puts bread on the table but... they are bored out of their minds.  They've never taken the time to think out what they uniquely can do, and what they uniquely have to offer the world.  The world doesn't need any more bored workers.  Dream a little.  Dream a lot.  One of the saddest pieces of advice in the world is, 'Oh come now -- be realistic.'  The best parts of this world were not fashioned by those who were 'realistic.'  They were fashioned by those who dared to look hard at their wishes and then gave them horses to ride."

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Dalai Lama

"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness."

Edna St Vincent Millay

"It is not true that life is one damn thing after another... it's the same damn thing over and over again."

Victor Hugo

"Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.  God is awake."

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

DeGeneres

"Really, when I look back on it, I wouldn’t change a thing. I mean, it was so important for me to lose everything because I found out what the most important thing is ... to be true to yourself. Ultimately, that’s what’s gotten me to this place. I don’t live in fear. I’m free. I have no secrets and I know I’ll always be OK, because no matter what, I know who I am."

Self- Reliance

“I appeal from your customs. I must be myself. I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you. If you can love me for what I am, we shall be happier. If you cannot, I will still seek to deserve that you should. I must be myself. I will not hide my tastes or aversions. I will so trust that what is deep is holy, that I will do strongly before the sun and moon whatever inly rejoices me and the heart appoints. If you are noble, I will love you; if you are not, I will not hurt you and myself by hypocritical attentions. If you are true, but not in the same truth with me, cleave to your companions; I will seek my own. I do this not selfishly but humbly and truly. It is alike your interest, and mine, and all men’s, however long we have dwelt in lies, to live in truth. Does this sound harsh to-day? You will soon love what is dictated by your nature as well as mine, and if we follow the truth it will bring us out safe at last.—But so may you give these friends pain. Yes, but I cannot sell my liberty and my power, to save their sensibility. Besides, all persons have their moments of reason, when they look out into the region of absolute truth; then will they justify me and do the same thing. "
~Emerson~

Again...

~Tolstoy~

"I often lie awake at night from happiness, and all the time I think of our future life together. I have lived through much, and now I think I have found what is needed for happiness. A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness. And then, on the top of all that, you for a mate."

Friday, October 28, 2016

Be Yourself

Always Emerson...

“Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self. There is something which you can do better than another. Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey that. Do the things at which you are great, not what you were never made for.”

Newell

“The Wilderness holds answers to more questions than we have yet learned to ask.”

Strayed

"It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.”

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

st. augustine

"you pray to what you love; for true, whole prayer is nothing but love!"

ram dass

"Did you ever have a bad day?  Everything seems to go wrong and you are completely lost in anger, frustration, and self-pity.  It gets worse and worse, until the final moment when, say, you have just missed the last bus.  There is some critical point where it gets so bad the absurdity of it all overwhelms you and you can do nothing but laugh.  At that moment you up level your predicament, you see the cosmic joke in your own suffering."

Gandhi

"My commitment is to truth as I see it each day, not to consistency."

Monday, October 10, 2016

John Tarrant

"Meditation is just showing up for what we have, and there is joy in that.  It's different from the kind of happiness that comes from getting what you wanted.  It's a joy that doesn't have a good reason.  It's a joy that allows you to be sad or upset, because you're alive in the midst of it."

Friday, October 07, 2016

Karmapa

aloud...

"all is calm.  how can we describe the indescribable?  can we say like this, like that?  things are or are not.  there is an unreality, an emptiness, a supernatural power of everything that is, like the sky that covers all.  past, present, future, are the same, beyond thought.  how can we explain?  is or is not?  not like this nor like anything else.  away even from transcendency.  emptiness and the cosmic nature are not different.  beyond all signs whatsoever.  beyond communications.  different.  nameless.  sudden like lightening.  with a meaning beyond thought.  therefore there is no meaning.  now it's all finished.  words are liars."

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Frank O'Connor


"All I know from my own experience is that the more loss we feel the more grateful we should be for whatever it was we had to lose.  It means we had something worth grieving for.  The ones I'm sorry for are the ones that go through life not even knowing what grief is."

Thoreau

"Let us spend one day as deliberately as Nature, and not be thrown off the track by every nutshell and mosquito's wing that falls on the rails... If the engine whistles, let it whistle till it is hoarse for its pains.  If the bell rings, why should we run?...  I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born."

Nisargadatta Maharaj

"Wisdom is knowing I am nothing,
Love is knowing I am everything,
and between the two my life moves."

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Fasting 2

“Everyone can perform magic, everyone can reach his goals, if he is able to think, if he is able to wait, if he is able to fast.”  ~Hermann Hesse~

“Fasting, when combined with a properly selected diet, is the nearest approach to a ‘cure-all’ that is possible to conceive– profoundly simple and simply profound!” ~John Tilden~

"The light of the world will illuminate within you when you fast and purify yourself." ~Gandhi~

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fasting 1

"A little starvation, can really do more for the average sick man than can the best medicines and the best doctors." ~Mark Twain~

"Fasting is the first principle of medicine; fast and see the strength of the spirit reveal itself." ~Rumi~

"Fasting is a natural method of healing. When animals or savages are sick, they fast." ~Yogananda~

"The best of all medicines is resting and fasting." ~Benjamin Franklin~

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Leonardo da Vinci

"While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die."

Joshua Loth Liebman

"We should learn not to grow impatient with the slow healing process of time.  We should discipline ourselves to recognize that there are many steps to be taken along the highway leading from sorrow to renewed serenity... We should anticipate these states in our emotional convalescence: unbearable pain, poignant grief, empty days, resistance to consolation, disinterestedness in life, gradually give way... to the new weaving of a pattern of action and the acceptance of the irresistible challenge of life."

M.A. Kelley

"Watch your way then, as a cautious traveller; and don't be gazing at that mountain or river in the distance, and saying, "How shall I ever get over them?" but keep to the present little inch that is before you, and accomplish that in the little moment that belongs to it.  The mountain and the river can only be passed in the same way; and, when you come to them, you will come to the light and the strength that belong to them."

Monday, September 05, 2016

Twelve

"We learned that there were pangs too sharp, griefs too deep, ecstasies too high for our finite selves to register.  When emotion reached this pitch the mind choked; and memory went white till the circumstances were humdrum once more." ~T.E. Lawrence~

"give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o'er wrought heart and bids it break" ~Shakes~

"Remember - What do you remember? Do you remember too much? Or not enough? Remember. What don't you want to remember? What is is like to remember?" ~Shakes~

Friday, September 02, 2016

Rilke

"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves... Live the questions now.  Perhaps you will gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer."

Yoga

"As we begin to re-experience a visceral reconnection with the needs of our bodies, there is a brand new capacity to warmly love the self.  We experience a new quality of authenticity in our caring, which redirects our attention to our health, our diets, our energy, our time management.  This enhanced care for the self arises spontaneously and naturally, not as a response to a "should."  We are able to experience an immediate and intrinsic pleasure in self-care."
~Stephen Cope~

Rumi

"This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival.  A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor... Welcome and entertain them all.  Treat each guest honorably.  The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in.  Be grateful for whoever comes, each has been sent as a guide from beyond."

Monday, August 29, 2016

Pema Chödrön

“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.”

Anthony de Mello

“As soon as you look at the world through an ideology you are finished. No reality fits an ideology. Life is beyond that. … That is why people are always searching for a meaning to life… Meaning is only found when you go beyond meaning. Life only makes sense when you perceive it as mystery and it makes no sense to the conceptualizing mind.”

John O'Donohue

“Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back. From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing that will never again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial fulfillment. The eternal makes you urgent. You are loath to let compromise or the threat of danger hold you back from striving toward the summit of fulfillment.”

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"