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Relaxing with my comadre Rosita after her delicious lunch, Nov, 2014.
: The more alert we become to the blessing that flows into us through everything we touch, the more our own touch will bring blessing. --David Steindl-Rast, A Listening Heart
: If we ever reach the point where we think we thoroughly understand who we are and where we came from, we will have failed. -- Carl Sagan
is YES! "If you dedicate yourself to service, the doors will open." Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, Alchemical Wisdom
: If we cannot be happy in spite of our difficulties, what good is our spiritual practice? --Maha Ghosananda
: Even in a world that's being shipwrecked, remain brave and strong. Hildegard von Bingen, 12th century Christian mystic & visionary
: Hero, mentor, teacher Joseph Campbell offered, "Where you stumble, there your treasure lies."
: When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world. --John Muir (Or: We interare with the whole universe. --Thich Nhat Hanh)
is "Acquire a firm will and the utmost patience." --Sri Anandamayi Ma
: People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. --Audrey Hepburn
cont'd: And every crystal bead reflects not only the light from every other crystal in the net, but also every other reflection throughout the entire universe.
is "It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility." --Rachel Carson
appreciates this beautiful reminder: "Be humble for you are made of Earth. Be noble for you are made of stars." --Serbian Proverb
thanks Ovid, who taught that, "The burden which is well borne becomes light."
: When we begin to believe that there is greater joy in working with and for others, rather than just for ourselves, then our society will truly become a place of celebration. --Jean Vanier
SO agrees with Simone Weil, that: "Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity."
is "Sometimes I go about pitying myself, and all the time I am being carried on great winds across the sky." --Chippewa, translated by Robert Bly
: The world is your kaleidoscope, and the varying combinations of colors which at every succeeding moment it presents to you are the exquisitely adjusted pictures of your ever-moving thoughts.
loves this by James Joyce, from Ulysses, "Hold to the now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past." (He KNEW!)
The Glory of God is a human being fully alive. --St. Irenaeus (photo by Ulrika Mai)
loves this: " If the eye of the heart is open, in each atom there will be one hundred secrets." --Attar (photo by Musthaq Nazeer)
is "Find the thing that stirs your heart and make room for it. Life is about the development of self to the point of unbridled joy." --Joan Chittister, Monasteries of the Heart Newsletter
: To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. ~Lewis B. Smedes
is " Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." --Leonardo da Vinci
agrees that, "Just as parents care for their children, you should bear in mind the whole universe." -- Zen Master Dogen (photo Carina Nebula: ESO/T. Preibisch)
is BIG NEWS from Harper Lee! http://tinyurl.com/mqsgfya
:Even Socrates, who lived a very frugal and simple life, loved to go to the market. When his students asked about this, he replied, (cont'd.)
:(cont'd.) "I love to go and see all the things I am happy without." Jack Kornfield After the Ecstasy, the Laundry (photo by Thomas Ulrich)
: Even Socrates, who lived a very frugal and simple life, loved to go to the market. When his students asked about this, he replied, (cont'd.)
: In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich. --Dietrich Bonhoeffer
:What is life?It is the flash of a firefly in the night.It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. --Crowfoot
is thank you William Blake, "And we are put on earth a little space, that we may learn to bear the beams of love."
: Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice. -- Thich Nhat Hanh (photo by Kurniadi Ilham)
is in love with John O'Donohue: "I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding."(Horseshoe Bend, AZ, photo by Hans Braxmeier)
is ahhhhhhhh: "The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do." --Galileo Galilei
is ahhhhh: "The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do." --Galileo Galilei
thanks Carl Jung: "Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes."
agrees with Hindu scripture: "Every being is an abode of the Divine, worthy of respect and reverence."
is YES! "Religion isnít about believing things. It's ethical alchemy. Itís about behaving in a way that changes you, that gives you intimations of holiness and sacredness." --Karen Armstrong
is: "All good things are wild, and free." --Henry David Thoreau
The world is holy. We are holy. All life is holy. Daily prayers are delivered on the lips of breaking waves, the whisperings of grasses, the shimmering of leaves. --Terry Tempest Williams
: The world is holy. We are holy. All life is holy. Daily prayers are delivered on the lips of breaking waves, the whisperings of grasses, the shimmering of leaves. --Terry Tempest Williams
: Each string of a wind harp responds with a different note to the same breeze. What makes you personally resonate most strongly, most deeply, with the wind of the Spirit that blows where it wills? --
--the quote by David Steindl-Rast, OSB, Catholic Benedictine monk, notable for his active participation in interfaith dialogue and his work on the interaction between spirituality and science.
is "Life is an opportunity given to satisfy the hunger and thirst of the soul." --Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan, Bowl of Saki
is Om Shanthi: "Looking behind I am filled with gratitude. Looking forward I am filled with vision. Looking upwards I am filled with strength. Looking within I discover peace." --Quero Apache Prayer
loves Leonard Cohen's poetry and music: "Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."
is intrigued by "Wabi Sabi," a confirmation of Cohen's philosophy!
is ahhhh: "O Great Spirit, I awake to another sun, grateful for gifts bestowed, granted one by one." -- Twylah Nitsch, Seneca Medicine Woman
(Cont'd.) Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit. e.e. cummings (photo by Amber Clay)
We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that something deep inside us is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. (Cont'd.) Photo by Amber Clay
:And love will simply have no choice but to go into battle with space and time, and furthermore, to win. --James Baldwin, Nothing Personal, a collaboration with photographer Richard Avedon
agrees with the process of Benjamin Franklin, "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."
so agrees that, "No matter what accomplishments you achieve, somebody helps you." --Althea Gibson, http://www.history.com/topics/black-histor
, for a friend facing surgery soon, "Where there is great love there are always miracles." --Willa Cather
: "In human relations one should penetrate to the core of loneliness in each person and speak to that." --Bertrand Russell, from Bertrand Russell's Autobiography Vol 1, pp. 219-221
appreciates: "Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new." --Ursula K. Le Guin
:Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing,life reveals just the opposite,that letting go is the real path to freedom. --Sogyal Rinpoche,Glimpse After Glimpse
is, "When we understand how precious each moment is, we can treat each breath, each moment, as a newborn baby." --Michele McDonald, Dharma Teacher (photo by Anja Osenberg)
is "And you will know exactly who you are, forever, by knowing what it is that you love." --Mark Helprin, from Winter's Tale
is "And you will know exactly who you are, forever, by knowing what it is that you love." --Mark Helprin, from Winter's Tale
: The gardener uses both roses in the flowerbed and thorns in making fences. --Hazrat Inayat Khan, Gayan
loves the extraordinary work of Desmond Tutu, who said, The God who existed before any religion counts on you to make the oneness of the human family known and celebrated."
loves the extraordinary work of Desmond Tutu who said, "The God who existed before any religion counts on you to make the oneness of the human family known and celebrated."
(Cont'd) "When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be." --Robert Fulghum (photo by Kerryanna Kershner)
loves David Whyte's admonition: "You must learn one thing: the world was made to be free in.
is ahhhhh..."Gratitude is a flower that blooms in noble souls." --Pope Francis
:To this day I believe we are here on earth to live, grow, and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom. Rosa Parks
sez', ahhhhh Rumi: "Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray." ( Essential Rumi, versions by Coleman Barks)
: We have no idea what tomorrow will bring, but today is overflowing with potential. --Allan Lokos, Through the Flames
is, may it be so! "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word." --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
:Be still, and the world is bound to turn herself inside out to entertain you. Everywhere you look, joyful noise is clanging to drown out quiet desperation. --Barbara Kingsolver, High Tide in Tucson
is "Change the story and you change perception; change perception and you change the world." --Jean Houston, A Passion for the Possible
is "Laughing is the shortest distance between two people (beings)." --Victor Borge
: When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed. Maya Angelou
:What is a soul? It's like electricity - we don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room. Ray Charleshttp://tinyurl.com/pumeu5o
is "Simplicity is the ultimate sophisticaton." --Leonardo da Vinci
: The same pain that can blemish our personality can act as a creative force, burnishing it into an object of delight. --Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, Alchemical Wisdom (photo by Steve Bidmead)
With beloved friend and former housemate Robin (GENKI_WARRIOR), at going away gathering May 2014
Truckin' Arkansas to California 5-6/14 in my 1984 Toyota Dolphin.
With my soul sister Adelaida on my 71st birthday in Ecuador, Feb 23, 2013.
Me'n Chris Downie, the VeryMerrySparkGuy! 9/26/09
Me'n Coach Nicole at SP Cincinnati Program 9/26/09.
1987: I met my beloved teacher Swami Satchidananda in 1981. The rest, as they say, is history!
With Thay and over 1000 others at Magnolia Grove Monastery, during Sept 24-29, 2013 retreat.
Gurudev and I on Secret Beach, Kauai, 1987.
GENKI_WARRIOR'n me cruising the beautiful AR River Trail summer 2013 -- wheee!!!
A blossoming friendship with Ann (ABURRIS2) added JOY to my sojourn in the SFBayArea, ending 2011.
A valley of the Andes of northern Ecuador where I stay. Taken during a hike at Lago Cuicocha.
My beautiful (now) 13-yr. old god daughter, Amrita. Adelaida and German are her parents.
My dear friend Adelaida, who I was with in 1999 when she discovered she was pregnant with Amrita.
Santiago, my (now) 13-yr. old godson, an Otavalan Indian. 05/06
2006 Dancing with 6-yr. old goddaughter Amrita at home in Ecuador.
Robin (GENKIWARRIOR, pal and yoga buddy)and I in white with friends at yoga studio open house 8/11.
Off we go, now it's Fall Classic 2013...35 miles in picture-perfect weather!
KaliMa, 2011 Specialized Vita Sport Road Bike, which I bought in March 2011!
2 mi. walk RT into Taughannock Falls empties into Cayuga Lake, NY's Finger Lakes Region 8/10/10.
I made it to Ithaca! First one seated on Moosewood's patio 8/10/10.
Kayaking with FRANCESCANAZ in her lovely craft on Lake Champlain! I WANT ONE TOO!!!
The Grand Tetons 8/09
Listening to the quiet nudge that guides me, I know I am not far off my path. --SpringChickadee
Yellowstone River 8/09
Headstand (sirshasana) with prop.
The Warrior (rotated!)
Half spinal twist
Yoga women! I'm in the front row, white tee.
Another dear friend, Dawn, as we create a ritual near Hana, Maui, on Diana's birthday. 05/04
Hangin' out by the Pacific at Kalapana-Kapono Beach Road, Big Island.05/05
"Those were the days my friend"...Dawn, Diana, rainbow, and me, Kokee, Kauai, 1987.
Some of the 26 WW cyber-buddies who met in 07/04 (Picture Lake, Mt. Shuksan, WA). I'm far left.
Dante's View, Death Valley, New Year's 2007
The inimitable Kitty Rama in all her glory, May 2011, with 10 of my 12 wheels behind her!
My philosophy, via a very important person in my life, Joseph Campbell.
May all beings awaken to the Light of their true nature.
My world has no borders
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