Mission Statement

MISSION STATEMENT: To Live an Honest and Authentic Life.

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."

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Health & Healing

"To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear." ~Buddha~

"The wish for healing has always been half of health." ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca~

"Every time you eat or drink you are either fighting disease or feeding it." ~Heather Morgan~

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Pablo Picasso

"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it."

J. Krishnamurti

"If you look into your mind, you will see it's like thousands of butterflies whirling about!  You can hardly trace a single idea in this complexity.  A way to bring clarity to the mind is to write down your immediate thoughts and feelings in response to the events of the day, and then ponder them.  If you emphasize one particular problem in this writing, it will gradually lead to all others."

Stevenson

"Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm."

Sunday, November 22, 2015

I'm Waiting For The Sweet One

"One day Mullah Nasrudin was sitting in the market in front of a big basket of red hot chili peppers.  With tears streaming down his cheeks, eyes bloodshot, face red, and nose running, he kept eating one after another.  Every now and then he let out a big howl they were so hot! One of his students approached him and asked, 'Mullah! What on earth are you doing? Why do you keep eating them?'

'I'm waiting for the sweet one,' he replied."

~Idries Shaw~

Jane Dobisz

"It occurs to me in this vulnerable state that regardless of the practice, the teachings, or what I attain or don't attain, I can't control this body.  It will get sick, grow old, and die whether I like it or not, whether I am enlightened or not, and, most especially, whether I am ready or not."

Seung Sahn

The Human Route

"Coming empty-handed, going empty-handed — that is human.
When you are born, where do you come from?
When you die, where do you go?
Life is like a floating cloud which appears.
Death is like a floating cloud which disappears.
The floating cloud itself originally does not exist.
Life and death, coming and going, are also like that.
But there is one thing which always remains clear.
It is pure and clear, not depending on life and death.

Then what is the one pure and clear thing?"

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Dhammapada

"Hostilities are not stilled
     Through hostility, regardless.
Hostilities are stilled
     Through Non-hostility:
This, an unending Truth."

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Dr King

"The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live.  Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power.  We have guided missiles and misguided men."

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Chinul

"Strengthen your will; reprimand yourself; reprove your own laziness.  Know your faults and turn toward what is good.  Reform and repent your bad conduct; train and control your mind.  Cultivate earnestly and the power of contemplation will grow; train continuously and your practice will become increasing pure."

Geri Larkin

"I've discovered a secret about this nowness.  In this place we can clean up our karma, the muck we've created in our lives that needs scrubbing.  When we see clearly we don't need to whine about anyone else, to blame them, or to run away.  We just need to see.  And then start scrubbing."

Yoda

"Size matters not.  Look at me.  Judge me by my size, do you? Hmmmm? Hmmmm.  And well you should not.  For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is.  Life creates it, makes it grow.  Its energy surrounds us and binds us.  Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.  You must feel the force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes.  Even between the land and the ship."

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Bernie Glassman

"We cook, eat, and appreciate the meal, whereas if we just sit around bitching about all the things we don't have and not eating anything, we'd starve.  And that goes for life, too.  Look at the ingredients you have, make the best meal possible, and offer it.  Don't forget to offer it.  If you make the meal just for yourself, you don't get the same pleasure."

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Jeanette Winterson

"I understand that trouble is just something that has been filed in the wrong place.  That is what Jung was explaining of course - as the chaos of our unconscious contents drive to find their rightful place in the index of consciousness."

"I was going to be away, free, or so it seemed, but you always take it with you.  It takes much longer to leave the psychic place than the physical place."

Friday, October 09, 2015

Buddha Smiles

I have no idea.
     Truth.
          Complexities.
Seven Chakras.
Twelve Steps.

Questions.
     Discoveries.
          Acceptance.

If I listen to you,
     Can you hear me?

Enlightened!
     Enlightened to What?
          Enlighten Me.

Reality Is Enlightenment.

Accepting Self.
Accepting Others.

So simple.
No mystery.

Nothing to learn.
Nothing to teach.

Matter is neither created nor destroyed.

I matter.
You matter.
All matter.

What is here now
     has always been.

Big Bang!
Let There Be Light!

All is created from the same.

God.
     You.
         Me.

The Earth, Sun and Moon.
The Dirt, Trees and Water.

When I die
I become
What I once was.
     What I still am.
          What I will always be.

I am you
and
You are me.

God.  Light.  Love.  All.

You cannot create me.
I cannot destroy you.

Linked. Bound. Tied. All.

DO YOU KNOW HOW GOOD YOU SMELL?

Movement in the mind
Conscious shift
Conscious split.

Split from the lies,
Dust removed from the eyes.

Unblocked: From the Lies we tell ourselves.

The lie of separation.  Differentiation.

Words.  Thoughts. Actions. Voice.

The throat is unblocked by the Truth.
The light moves up and through and out.
into...

Reality is Heaven.
Heaven is Bliss.
Bliss is Real.
Real is now.

There is no pie in the sky.

Suffering is the human condition.

Can you suffer
     and accept?

Buddha Smiling.

Knowing how precious
this moment is.

This moment is reality
and we will never exist again.

The me that started does not finish.

My two year old Me,
does not exist.
That person does not exist.

The Me of yesterday does not exist.

Only me, now, this moment.
Only you, now, this moment.

Enlightenment is not an opening
of the seventh chakra to the cosmos.

It is not floating on the ninth cloud.

You cannot be Saved,
from yourself.

Exist. Now.  In This Moment. Only Once. Forever Gone.  Forever More.

Accepting
Smiling

Monday, October 05, 2015

Huntress

Huntress

I look across the open plain
sun burning – glinting.
I see the wildebeest
chasing the lion…
Swarm intelligence
propelling her forward
and releasing her.
No longer bound to her
instinctual herding principle.
She has awakened.
She has left her children
to be protected by her clan.
She will no longer fight
only when attacked.
She will safeguard our future…
the lion senses this power shift
and is overwhelmed.
My huntress has caught her prey.
She rips into Screaming flesh.
The sound eternally seared onto
my consciousness.
She ravages her kill
and
I cannot avert my gaze.
The wildebeest looks up at me
and whispers…..
mutiny.

Alice Walker

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any."

Think Less... Do More

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition." ~Steve Jobs~ 

"There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so." ~William Shakespeare~

 "When you begin to worry, go find something to do. Get busy being a blessing to someone; do something fruitful. Talking about your problem or sitting alone, thinking about it, does no good; it serves only to make you miserable. Above all else, remember that worrying is totally useless. Worrying will not solve your problem." ~Joyce Meyer~

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Cherokee Legend - Two Wolves

"An old Cherokee is teaching her grandson about life... "A fight is going on inside me," she said to the boy. "It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. "One is evil - it is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego. "The other is good - it is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, gratitude, trust, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. "This same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too." The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandmother, "Which wolf will win?" The old Cherokee smiled and said, "The one you feed."

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Decisions

Every decision is the wrong decision and the right decision at the same time depending on who is looking at it.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Acceptance

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend."
~Melody Beattie~

"Acceptance is not love. You love a person because he or she has lovable traits, but you accept everybody just because they're alive and human."
~Albert Ellis~

"Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology that you never got."
~Robert Brault~

"I'm not ok - And you're not ok - And that is ok."
~William Sloane Coffin

Monday, September 21, 2015

Dada Vaswani

"Happiness, true happiness, is an inner quality. It is a state of mind. If your mind is at peace, you are happy. If your mind is at peace, but you have nothing else, you can be happy. If you have everything the world can give - pleasure, possessions, power - but lack peace of mind, you can never be happy."

Jampolsky

“Peace of mind comes from not wanting to change others.”

Tao

“The best fighter is never angry.” ― Lao Tzu

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

love

"The people who love you for who you are and not for what you can do for them are the best kind of people."
Brigitte Nicole

wake up

"Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be."
~Alan Watts~

freedom

“Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us.” ~Stephen Covey

Friday, August 21, 2015

Groucho Marx

"I find television very educational.  Every time someone switches it on, I go into another room and read a good book."

Friday, August 07, 2015

Suffering

"When another person makes you suffer, it is because they suffer deeply within themselves, and that suffering is spilling over.  The do not need punishment; they need help.  That is the message they are sending you." ~Thich Nhat Hanh~

"People have a hard time letting go of their suffering.  Out of fear of the unknown they prefer suffering that is familiar." ~Thich Nhat Hanh~

"No one saves us but ourselves.  No one can and no one may.  We ourselves must walk the path." ~Buddha~

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Contentment

"No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place."

Friday, July 03, 2015

The Sun

"Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun."
~Pablo Picasso~ 

"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth."
~Buddha~

 "When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome."
~Wilma Rudolph~

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Tucson

"Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you."
~Charlotte Whitton~

Monday, June 08, 2015

Twain

"In twenty years, you will be more disappointed by what you didn't do than by what you did."

"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why."

"If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything."

"Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured."

Friday, June 05, 2015

Grow

“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.” ~Alice Walker

Acceptance

“Accept, then act. Whatever the present moment contains, embrace it as if you had chosen it. This will miraculously change your whole life.” ~Eckhart Tolle

Who you Truly are

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” ~Carl Jung

Simple

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ~Confucius

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Anaïs Nin

“When one is pretending the entire body revolts.”

Sylvia Plath

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am.”

Chinese Proverb

“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.”

Steve Maraboli

“Don’t look for society to give you permission to be yourself.”

Monday, May 25, 2015

Morissette

"I'll give you countless amounts of outright acceptance, if you want it.
I will give you encouragement to choose the path that you want, if you need it.
You can speak of anger and doubts your fears and freak outs, and I'll hold it.
You can share your so-called shame filled accounts of times in your life, and I won't judge it.
And, there are no strings attached to it.

You can ask for space for yourself and only yourself, and I'll grant it.
You can ask for freedom as well or time to travel, and you'll have it.
You can ask to live by yourself or love someone else, and I'll support it.
You can ask for anything you want anything at all, and I'll understand it.
And, there are no strings attached to it

I bet you're wondering when the next payback shoe will eventually drop.
I bet you're wondering when my conditional police will force you to cough up.
I bet you wonder how far you have now danced you way back into debt.
This is the only kind of love, as I understand it, that there really is.

You can express your deepest of truths even if it means I'll lose you, and I'll hear it.
You can fall into the abyss on your way to your bliss, I'll empathize with.
You can say that you have to skip town to chase your passion, and I'll hear it,
You can even hit rock bottom have a mid-life crisis, and I'll hold it.
And, there are no strings attached

You owe me nothing for giving the love that I give
You owe me nothing for caring the way that I have
I give you thanks for receiving, it's my privilege
And you owe me nothing in return."

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Smith

"Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too."

Hate

"Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immutable law." ~James Baldwin~

James Baldwin

"I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain."

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Socrates

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new."

Ram Dass

"The quieter you become, the more you can hear."

Rumi

"Whoever is calm and sensible is insane!"

Jung

"The basis of all neurosis is the avoidance of legitimate suffering."

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Anniversary

"You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free" ~Thich Nhat Hanh~

William Blake

"Love seeketh not itself to please, nor for itself hath any care, but for another gives its ease, and builds a Heaven in Hell's despair."

Maya

“My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.”

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

clever

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ~Rumi~

Forget Safety

“Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
Be notorious.” ~Rumi~

Rumi

“What you seek is seeking you.”