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is "Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen." --Robert Bresson
:Iâ€™ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And Iâ€™m happy, tonight. Iâ€™m not worried about anything.
We donâ€™t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, (cont'd.)
(cont'd.) is in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory. --Howard Zinn (Photo by Linda Hannum)
: The whole existence is celebrating.These trees are not serious,these birds are not serious.The rivers & the oceans are wild,and everywhere there is fun,eerywhere there is joy & delight. --Osho
is "Live for yourself and you will live in vain; Live for others, and you will live again." --Bob Marley
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle. -- Rev. John Watson, aka Ian MacLaren
: The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves, too. --W.H. Murray, "The Scottish Himalayan Expedition"
agrees with Groucho Marx, "Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today."
: 'Enough' is a feast. --Buddhist proverb
is "Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more original and creative our time will become." --John O'Donohue
"Each moment of our lives, each moment that is given to us to live, we have to live very deeply." --Thich Nhat Hanh (Photo: Beatrice Lechtanski)
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:All people live in their own dream, in their own mind. They are in a completely different world from the one we live in. --Don Miguel Ruiz
:To have great faith is to have great power because your intent, your will, is undivided. When your word isn't dissipated by doubt, the power of your word becomes stronger. --Don Miguel Ruiz
is " Keep your attention on today, and stay in the present moment." --Don Miguel Ruiz
Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. If all humans would communicate with impeccability of the word, all of our relationships would change.
(Cont'd.) There would be no wars, no violence, no misunderstandings. --Don Miguel Ruiz
Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you and give thanks continuously. --Ralph Waldo Emerson
is "No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." --Hal Borland
: Gratitude is transformative. It softens us and softens the world around us. --- Panache Desai
: There is no greater sign of Divine Presence than being fully engaged in the activities of life while demonstrating loving-kindness, tranquility and ease of being. --Hazrat Inayat Khan
"Life is an unanswered question, but letâ€™s still believe in the dignity and importance of that question." --Tennessee Williams (Photo by ZdeneÌŒk TobiaÌsÌŒ)
: May your heart be an altar, from which the bright flame of unending thanksgiving ascends to heaven. --St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier (Photo by Hans Braxmeier)
: As we learn to have compassion for ourselves, the circle of compassion for others -- what and whom we can work with, and how -- becomes wider. --Pema Chodron (Photo by Simon Steinberger)
is " We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." --Winston Churchill
Death can come at any minute, in any way. We do not know what is in store tomorrow, or, whether there is a tomorrow, or even a tonight! But still, we have the golden present. (Cont'd.)
(Cont'd.) Now we are alive and kicking. What should we do now? Love all, serve all. --Sri Swami Satchidananda (Photo by Abdulmomn Kadhim)
(Photo by Stefan Schweihofer)
is "If you can just appreciate each thing, one by one, then you will have pure gratitude. Even though you observe just one flower, that one flower includes everything." --Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
is...can I be reminded too many times?
: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 Charles (RIP SoulCollage creator Seena Frost)
: No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit. --Helen Keller
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths. --Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
is "Without a struggle, there can be no progress." --Frederick Douglas
: In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught. --Baba Dioum, Senegalese Conservationist (Photo by Michael Siebert)
: Happiness is not what makes us grateful. It is gratefulness that makes us happy. --Thanks to Brother David Steindl-Rast
is "Skinny is not the same as fit. Fitness comes in all shapes and sizes." --SparkPeople Coach Nicole
:Beloved teacher Stephen Levine, 7-17-37 - 1-17-16; I got this great book early on in my spiritual journey. I will always remember Stephen's oft repeated phrase, "...the healing we took birth for."
:Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. (Cont'd.)
(Cont'd.) You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. --Ralph Waldo Emerson (Photo by Frank Winkler)
: You are much more than your emotion. An emotion comes, stays for a while, and goes away, just like a storm. If youâ€™re aware of that, you wonâ€™t be afraid of your emotions.--Thich Nhat Hanh
:If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world (cont'd.)
(cont'd.) be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life. Rachel Carson, perhaps the finest nature writer of the Twentieth Century. (Photo by Dirk Schumacher)
is "Honor your own complexity." --Mark Gerzon
is "Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come." --Rabindranath Tagore
is "There are many things for which you cannot be grateful, but in every moment you can be grateful." --Brother David Steindl-Rast
: And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings. --Meister Eckhart (Photo by Linda Hannum) Have a magic February!
is "Don't be concerned about being disloyal to your pain by being joyous." --Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan
: Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. --Carl Gustav Jung (Photo by Diego Monserrat)
: Let us accept the invitation, ever-open, from the Stillness, taste its exquisite sweetness, and heed its silent instruction. --Paul Brunton (Photo by Lisa Runnels)
With Beginner's Mind, I can more easily live consciously, mindfully, in the present.
: Retire to the center of your being, which is calmness. --Paramahansa Yogananda (Photo by Frank Winkler)
is "All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well." --Julian of Norwich
: Whoever gives thanks for all circumstances receives new eyes and discovers things never seen before. --Otto Betz (Photo by Steve Buissinne)
is "Our walls of division do not rise all the way to heaven." --Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow
is oh yes -- "Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it." --Mark Twain (Photo by Maria Luisa Benedicto Gil)
: Reality is permeated, indeed flooded, with divine creativity, nourishment, and care. --Marcus J. Borg (Photo by Paul McGowan)
: The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. --Eleanor Roosevelt
-- my goal:
is yeah! What's that about? lol
: If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work. --Thich Nhat Hanh
: t is true that we are called to create a better world. But we are first of all called to a more immediate and exalted task: that of creating our own lives. --Thomas Merton
: If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. --Mother Teresa
:The earth is a living thing. Mountains speak, trees sing, lakes can think, pebbles have a soul, rocks have power. --Henry Crow Dog (Photo by Frank Winkler)
: We gain so much hope when we know we are not experiencing something alone. --Joyce Rupp
: The little things? The little moments? They arenâ€™t little. --Jon Kabat-Zinn (Photo by Sylvan Adams)
: The little things? The little moments? They aren't little. --Jon Kabat-Zinn (Photo by Sylvan Adams)
: Of any stopping place in life, it is good to ask whether it will be a good place from which to go on as well as a good place to remain. --Mary Catherine Bateson
is...respect, nobility, friendship, and love --
deeply agrees and tries to practice --
Happy St. Patrick's Day to all!
: Change the story and you change perception; change perception and you change the world. --Jean Houston
: If my mind gets trapped inside/Just roll me to my sky-wide view/Where I will feast on cumulous and light/And tell you that art with just my eyes. Jane Krainin (Photo by Adina Voicu)
: When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. --Jalaluddin Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks (Photo by Barbora Franzova)
Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. --Native American Proverb
: One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it.
is, yes -- "Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it." Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes
:I swear I will not dishonor my soul with hatred, but offer myself humbly as a guardian of nature, as a healer of misery, as a messenger of wonder, as an architect of peace. --Diane Ackerman
agrees, "Healing comes when you see the opportunity for growth that a painful situation has provided." --Br. David Steindl-Rast (Photo by Fathromi Ramdlon)
is yes! -- "The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling." --Henry David Thoreau
is...want happiness? Got happiness!
: Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul. --Henry Ward Beecher (Photo by Karl-Heinz Stargardt)
is "For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is to let it rain." --Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Photo by Michael Schwarzenberger)
is "Meditation is offering your genuine presence to yourself in every moment." --Thich Nhat Hanh.
: Life does not accommodate you; it shatters you. Every seed destroys its container, or else there would be no fruition. --Florida Scott-Maxwell (Photo by Istvan Mihaly)
: I draw prayer round me like a dark protective wall, withdraw inside it as one might into a convent cell and then step outside again, calmer and stronger and more collected again. --Etty Hillesum
day 100 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 4/12/2016
: You are rich..when you are content and happy with what you have. (Anonymous)
agrees, "The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you. Don't go back to sleep." --Jalaluddin Rumi (Photo by Dan Fador)
: The universe is walking with me In beauty it walks before me In beauty it walks behind me In beauty it walks below me In beauty it walks above me Beauty is on every side
: I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues. --Duke Ellington (Illustration by Romare Bearden)
:We are participants in a vast communion of being,and if we open ourselves to its guidance,we can learn anew how to live in this great and gracious community of truth.-Parker Palmer(Photo Danny Moore)
is-- "You yourself are your own barrier... rise from within." --Hafiz
is "The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what to hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope." Barbara Kingsolver
asks if you agree: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. Dr." --Martin Luther King, Jr. (Photo by Selena Gallagher)
asks if you agree: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Photo by Selena Gallagher)
: The mind of a true practitioner is like still water that moves, or moving water that's still; whatever takes place in the mind of a Dharma practitioner will have that quality. --Ajahn Chah
is "People say, 'What is the sense of our small effort?' They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time." --Dorothy Day (Photo by Ryan McGuire)
: Caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar. (Wanderer, there is no path, the path is made by walking.) --Antonio Machado
is Rest in Peace Great Warrior of Peace
:My heart is so small, it's almost invisible. How can You place such big sorrows in it? "Look," He answered, "your eyes are even smaller, yet they behold the world." --Rumi (Photo, Amelia Fletcher)
is "Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it." --Confucius (Photo by Frank Winkler)
is There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart. --Celia Laighton Thaxter (Photo by Stefan Schweihofer)
: Only by dealing with difficulty does creativity come forth. --Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry (Photo by Ulrich Dregler)
-- and soon tomorrow:
-- and soon tomorrow, which will then be TODAY:
is "The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away." --Joy J. Golliver
, such a good idea!
:No matter where life takes you the place that you stand at any given moment is holy ground. Love hard, and love wide and love long and you will find the goodness in it. --Susan Vreeland
: Courage is fear that has said its prayers. --Anne Lamott, from Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith (Photo by Gianni Crestani)
: The trick, it seems, is to be able to hold both things very close â€“ the gratitude and the misery â€“ and then, with a semblance of faith, to let them fly. --Elizabeth Aquino (Photo, Jeremy Ricketts)
: Oh! that gentleness! how far more potent is it than force! --Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre (Photo taken from the perspective of the wildflowers by Danielle Winter)
is Gentleness is stronger than severity, water is stronger than rock, love is stronger than force. --Hermann Hesse
I love this! "Every time we feel satisfied with what we have, we can be counted as rich, however little we may actually possess." --Alain de Botton (Photo by Stefan Schweihofer)
is "You are defined by who you love, not who loves you." -- From the movie "Adaptation" (Photo by Amaya Eguizabal)
How did the rose ever open its heart and give to this world all of its beauty? It felt the encouragement of Light against its being; otherwise we all remain too frightened. --Hafiz
: I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding. --John O'Donohue (Photo by Hans Braxmeier)
is, "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)
:When you get out of the driverâ€™s seat,you find that life can drive itself,that actually life has always been driving itself.Life begins to flow,and you never know where it will take you.--Adyashanti
:When you get out of the driver's seat,you find that life can drive itself,that actually life has always been driving itself.Life begins to flow,and you never know where it will take you.--Adyashanti
: In the darkest hour the soul is replenished and given strength to continue and endure. -- H.W. Chosa (Photo by Gerd Altmann)
is "Gratefulness is the gallantry of a heart ready to rise to the opportunity a given moment offers." --Br. David Steindl-Rast
is: "Just to be is a blessing; just to live is holy." --Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
: I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. -- Og Mandino
:Everyday we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child, our own two eyes. All is a miracle. --Thich Nhat Háº¡nh
Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final. --Rainer Maria Rilke
: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;Photo,Albert Hasler
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 (Photo by Jill Wellington)
: O Great Spirit, I bow to another sun, grateful for gifts bestowed, granted one by one. --Twylah Nitsch (Photo by Yinan Chen)
With Emily Dickinson, "I dwell in possibility." --Photo by Quang Le
-- I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver. --Maya Angelou (Photo by Hans Braxmeier)
: In the dew of little things, the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. --Kahlil Gibran (Photo by Nisha Gill)
: I've had this crucial text on my SparkPage for like always!
is "Be a lamp or a lifeboat or a ladder. Help someoneâ€™s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd." --Jalaluddin Rumi
is "Be a lamp or a lifeboat or a ladder. Help someone's soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd." --Jalaluddin Rumi
is "Sometimes I go about pitying myself, and all the time I am being carried on great winds across the sky." Chippewa saying, translated by Robert Bly
is "Thankfulness brings you to the place where the Beloved lives." --Jalaluddin Rumi (Photo by David Mark)
"Kindness and compassion toward all living things is the mark of a civilized society. " I wonder if he was a vegetarian? --Cesar Chavez (Photo by Sergey Klimkin)
"Are animals mere things, here for us to exploit? Or are they rather sentient, often intelligent beings, entitled to live their own lives?" -- Dr. Jane Goodall, who praises the book.
: Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti
is "We will be known forever by the tracks we leave." --Dakota Proverb (Photo by Thomas Baum)
"The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others, but ourselves." --Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
: I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserableâ€¦but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. --Agatha Christie (Photo by Joan Halifax Roshi)
Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. --Jane Howard
: Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. --Helen Keller (Photo by Dimitris Vetsikas)
:Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon;...where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. --St Francis of Assisi
is Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world. --John Milton
is hmmmm...breakfast used up 734 of my 1550 calories for today. Good part is that it really filled me up!
In the midst of gathering darkness, light becomes more evident. -- Bonnie Bostrom (photo, me, yesterday's sunset)
is, for this holiday, joyous Christmas!
The given world that we think is there and the solid ground we are on is so tentative.And a threshold is a line which separates two territories of spirit, and very often how we cross is the key thing.
is -- avin't THAT the truth!
is...and that's the truth!
is worth it!
is grieving the sudden loss of a best friend.
...and herein lies the challenge....
is well aware of the truth of this!
is aware of the preciousness of life and my responsibility to care for my *temple* --
Our glad hearts, accepting the miracle of this moment, this breath, this day, this life—that is the foundation of all sanity. -- Terry Patten (image, Chloe Si)
is "Our glad hearts, accepting the miracle of this moment, this breath, this day, this life—that is the foundation of all sanity." -- Terry Patten (image, Chloe Si)
is...let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.
LIFE WHILE-YOU-WAITI know nothing of the role I play. I only know it’s mine. I can’t exchange it. I have to guess on the spot just what this play’s all about. Ill-prepared for the privilege of living,
LIFE WHILE-YOU-WAITI know nothing of the role I play. I only know it’s mine. I can’t exchange it. I have to guess on the spot just what this play’s all about. Ill-prepared for the privilege of living,
-- LIFE WHILE-YOU-WAIT I know nothing of the role I play. I only know it’s mine. I can’t exchange it. I have to guess on the spot just what this play’s all about. Ill-prepared for th
"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about." ~ Rumi
--Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. ~Rumi
is so very grateful for the the encouraging comments on my last blog! Kitty Rama not so much.
is so very grateful for all the encouraging posts on my last blog...Kitty Rama not so much.
is "Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer." --Maya Angelou
is "No water, no life. No blue, no green." --Sylvia Earle
: Donâ€™t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go out and do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. --Howard Thurman
is "Isnâ€™t it amazing that we are all made in Godâ€™s image, and yet there is so much diversity among his people?" --Desmond Tutu
: We too can fly. But that cocoon must go! --Anonymous
is "Keep inviolate an area of light and peace within you." --Corazon Aquino (http://www.biography.com/people/corazon-a
is "The mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it." --Sri Nisargadatta
: Laughing is the shortest distance between two people. --Victor Borge (photo by Sally Wynn)
: Hope is the deep orientation of the human soul that can be held at the darkest times. --Vaclav Havel (photo by Saskia Ahlbrecht)
is "The journey is the reward." --Chinese Proverb
:The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another. --Thomas Merton
:In an age where there is much talk about"being yourself,"I reserve the right to forget about being myself,since in any case there is very little chance of my being anybody else.--Thomas Merton
is "Love is not a feeling; it is a great power, an Intelligence to which we are all heir and have been forever called." --Anne Hillman (photo by Lee Watts)
: Wonder is the beginning of wisdom. --Socrates (photo by Jay Ames)
is YES! "The whole of the holy life is good friends." --The Buddha (photo by Phaedra Greenwood)
: The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero ( 3 January 106 BC - 7 December 43 BC)
: This is perfect for day following All Saints Day/Dia de los muertos!
: If you love truth, be a lover of silence. Silence, like the sunlight will illuminate you in the Divine. --St. Isaac, 7th Century Hermit monk (Photo by Ed Hathaway)
is...TRUTH! " The love of oneâ€™s country is a natural thing. But why should love stop at the border?" --Pablo Casals (Photo by Antonio Cascal Heira)
My brain is only a receiver; in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength, and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know that it exists.
is Prior text by Nikola Tesla and rainbow photo by A.T. Mann
: At first dreams seem impossible, then improbable, then inevitable. --Christopher Reeve
: sez' my hero, "The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe to match your nature with Nature." -- Joseph Campbell (photo Orion Nebula)
:A lifetime may not be long enough to attune ourselves fully to the harmony of the universe. But just to become aware that we can resonate with it â€” that alone can be like waking up from a dream.
Prior text by Brother David Steindl-Rast. Photo by Brigitte Werner.
: In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair. --Howard Thurman (photo by Linda Hannum)
: Gratitude is so close to the bone of life, pure and true, that it instantly stops the rational mind, and all its planning and plotting. --Regina Sara Ryan (photo by Peter Dargatz)
is "Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." --Martin Luther King Jr.
agrees, "If we realized how powerful our thoughts are, we would never think a negative thought." --Peace Pilgrim (photo by Linda Hannum)
is "Not one single atom opposes us." --Zen Master Hongzhi (photo by Linda Hannum)
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.
is prior text by Crowfoot, a leader of the Blackfoot Nation (photo by Linda Hannum)
is -- prior text by Crowfoot, a leader of the Blackfoot Nation (prior photo by Linda Hannum)
is -- prior text by Crowfoot, a leader of the Blackfoot Nation (prior photo by Linda Hannum)
: There is no large and difficult task that can't be divided into little easy tasks. --Buddhist Saying (Photo by JiiiÂ Rotrekl)
-- Sufis are the mystical arm of Islam.
: Prayer is sitting in the silence until it silences us, choosing gratitude until we are grateful, praising God until we ourselves are a constant act of praise. --Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM
We have a spiritual practice of thinking of a fire hydrant as a saint â€“ itâ€™s standing there waiting to be of service. Itâ€™s a way to start reframing our relation to all the everyday things around us.
: Prior text by Frederic Brussat
We have a have a spiritual practice of thinking of a fire hydrant as a saint--standing there waiting to be of service. It's a way to start reframing our relation to all the everyday things around us.
is "When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed." --Maya Angelou
"The more you sense the rareness & value of your own life,the more you realize that how you use it,how you manifest it,is all your responsibility.We face such a big task,so naturally we sit down..."
"...for awhile." Text by Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi www.kobunroshi.net/
"...for awhile." Text by Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi: www.kobunroshi.net
To be no longer content to pick up what is floating on the surface of life, and to want only the pearls at the bottom of the sea, this is grace, welling up from deep inside. --Eknath Easwaran
: One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. --Helen Keller (Photo by Pascal Wiemers)
: Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free. --Thich Nhat Hanh
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
YES! to SERVICE: If you dedicate yourself to service, the doors will open. --Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan
: 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 isn’t about believing things. It's ethical alchemy. It’s 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."
(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)
is "Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced - even a proverb is not a proverb till your life has illustrated it." --John Keats (photo with Adelaida in Ecuador, birthday 2014)
"And I Love Her", The Beatles, a major influence on jazz guitarist Pat Metheny -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYcZ6s3z1j
knows Jon Kabat Zinn is right, "The little things? The little moments? They aren't little." (Photo: Playing with my god child, Amrita, 2005, Ecuador).
:If my mind gets trapped inside/Just roll me to my sky-wide view/Where I will feast on cumulous and light/And tell you that art with just my eyes. JaneKrainin's irrepressible spirit, anticipating ALS
is oh yes! "For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile." --Elie Wiesel
: Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding place and let it be free and unashamed. --William Saroyan
is "When you listen generously to people they can hear the truth in themselves, often for the first time." --Rachel Naomi Remen (photo by Brigitte Werner)
is "Death can come at any minute, in any way. We do not know what is in store tomorrow, or, whether there is a tomorrow, or even a tonight!" (Cont'd.)
is (Cont'd.) "But still, we have the golden present. Now we are alive and kicking. What should we do now? Love all, serve all." --Sri Swami Satchidananda (photo by Abdulmomn Kadhim)
will remember during bus trip: "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle." Philo of Alexandria (Adios!)
hopes so -- "Will you ever understand how near God is to you?" --Lalla, fourteenth century C.E. (photo by David Mark)
is sending saludos desde Vilcabamba, Ecuador: "Retire to the center of your being, which is calmness." --Paramahansa Yogananda
is "The whole of the holy life is good friends." The Buddha to his cousin Ananda (photo, me'n'Adelaida)
is -- The winds of grace blow all the time. All we need to do is set our sails. --Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Gospel of Ramakrishna
: Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light.(Cont'd)
(Cont'd) Dr. Albert Schweitzer (photo by Alicja Stolarczyk)
:Earth, my love...Believe me, no more of your springtimes are needed to win me over - even one flower is more than enough. Before I was named I belonged to you. --Rainer Maria Rilke, 9th Duino Elegy
is "I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book." --Groucho Marx
is "Prayer and love are learned in the hour when prayer becomes impossible and the heart has turned to stone.' --Thomas Merton
:As we learn to have compassion for ourselves, the circle of compassion for others -- what and whom we can work with, and how -- becomes wider. --Pema ChÃ¶drÃ¶n, When Things Fall Apart
"It is no wonder that people keep pointing out how the presidency has aged me. I look so old, John Boehner's already invited Netanyahu to speak at my funeral." --White House Correspondent's Dinner
is "Give me love /Give me love / Give me peace on earth" -- George Harrison
is "No matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with " --Andy Rooney
is "When you cultivate a seed of love, it is you that blossoms." --Ma Jaya Sati (Photo: Manfred Antranias Zimmer)
Tonglen for, as Pema Chodron says, "a world that is falling apart." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwqlurCvXu
:How many gifts and graces You have given me! How many favors You have fed me from your hand! I look for your love in all directions, then suddenly its blessing burns in me. --Rabia Al-Adawiyya
I am so happy I was able to help facilitate a beautiful "quinceanera" for my god daughter 12/30/14.
is "Truth may walk through the world unarmed." --Bedouin Proverb (photo by Honey Kochphon Onshawee)
: Penetrate the heart of just one drop of water, and you will be flooded by a hundred oceans. --Mahmud ShabistarÃ® (photo, Playa de los Frailes, Machalilla National Park, Ecuador, Rainer Doost)
is "I go among trees and sit still. All my stirring becomes quiet around me like circles on water." --Wendell Berry
: Some mountains are not mountains. Not all caves, springs, groves and deserts are caves, springs, groves or deserts. Some are god beings of vast capacity, masquerading as features of the landscape.
is "How fit to employ all the heart and the soul and the senses forever in joy!." --Robert Browning (photo by Nicole KÃ¶hler)
: Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play and pray, where nature heals and gives strength to body and soul alike. --John Muir (photo by Margaret Wakeley - Muir trail, Yosemite, CA)
is "In everything there is a hidden wholeness." --Thomas Merton
is "We are never more than one grateful thought away from peace of heart." --Brother David Steindl-Rast
is "A friend is a gift you give yourself." --Robert Louis Stevenson
is "Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity." Khalil Gibran (Photo: birthday ritual in Hana Cave, Maui)
:The more you sense the rareness and value of your own life, the more you realize that how you use it, how you manifest it, is all your responsibility. (Cont'd.)
(Cont'd.) : We face such a big task, so naturally we sit down for a while. --Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi
: Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical;don't edit your own soul according to the fashion.Rather,follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.-Franz Kafka(Image:Andy Warhol)
is "A recognition of the mystery of death, and therewith, of life, marks the spiritual separation of man from the beasts." --Joseph Campbell
is "The main thing in one's own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry." --Maya Angelou
: Look at your feet. You are standing in the sky. When we think of the sky, we tend to look up, but the sky actually begins at the earth. --Diane Ackerman
(Cont'd.) "...and her abundant natural treasures and pleasures. See what moves you, and what's calling you home, for rest, solace, release." --Molly Hall (Christian Schloe, artwork)
loves "Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable." ~ Mary Oliver (Image: NASA's Hubble and Spitzer telescopes)
is "The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose." --Heda Bejar (photo by Johann Reinbacher)
--"For the simplicity on this side of complexity, I wouldn't give you a fig. But for the simplicity on the other side of complexity, for that I would give you anything I have.â€ --Oliver Wendell Holmes
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.
-- no more internet at home after today until I get home and arrange it there. Hasta luego!
is at internet place: "Gratitude is an ascending reflection of a descending grace." --Beverly Novak (photo by Hilary Quinn)
is "Keep inviolate an area of light and peace within you." Corazon Aquino, 11th president (and first female president) of the Philippines. She restored democracy after the dictatorship of F. Marcos.
: "Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle." --Phillips Brooks
is "I love my friends neither with my heart nor with my mind. Just in case...heart might stop. Mind can forget. I love them with my soul. Soul never stops or forgets." --Rumi
is "If we realized how powerful our thoughts are, we would never think a negative thought." --Peace Pilgrim (photo by Linda Hannum)
: The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves, too. W.H. Murray, "The Scottish Himalayan Expedition"
: I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything
: (Cont'd.) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. address in Memphis the night before Dr. King's assassination (Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in Her sight....)
: May the blessing of the soft rain be upon you, Falling gently on your head, refreshing your soul With the sweetness of little flowers newly blooming. (Cont'd)
: (Cony'd.) May the strength of the winds of Heaven bless you, Carrying the rain to wash your spirit clean. --from An Irish Prayer For Healing
is "While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart." --St. Francis of Assisi
: Turn your face to the sun, and the shadows fall behind you. --Maori proverb
: All this hurrying soon will be over. Only when we tarry do we touch the holy. --Rainer Maria Rilke, In Praise of Mortality, translated and edited by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy
...in May 2014, I carried 144 lbs; yesterday, 132! YES! to many miles of walking in Ecuador (photo 6/13/15, meditation retreat Maria Center, St. Louis)
: In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair. --Howard Thurman
: Are the stars too far? Pick up the pebble that lies at thy feet, and from it learn the all. --Margaret Fuller www.pbs.org/wnet/ihas/poet/fuller.html
: And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was greater than the risk it took to blossom. --Anais Nin (via gratefulness.org)
: And we are put on earth a little space, that we may learn to bear the beams of love. --William Blake (via gratefulness.org)
: Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. --Marcel Proust
Travel ennobles the spirit and does away with our prejudices. --Oscar Wilde
: Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder. --E.B. White (photo by Linda Hannum)
: A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words. --Donna Roberts (photo by Barbara Jackson)
: A few fly bites cannot stop a spirited horse. --Mark Twain
: The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions. --Marcus Tullius Cicero
: A harmonized mind produces harmony in this world of seeming discord. --Paramahansa Yogananda
: To meet everything and everyone through stillness instead of mental noise is the greatest gift you can offer to the universe. --Eckhart Tolle
In the continuous flow of blessing our heart finds meaning and rest. --David Steindl-Rast
:Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. (Cont'd.)
: (Cont'd.) You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. --Cesar Chavez
: May all find simplicity the joyous and practical guide. --Buddhist text
:The future is not some place we are going,but one we are creating.The paths are not to be found,but made.And the activity of making them changes both the maker and their destination. --John Schaar
:It is when we are confronted with...poignant reminders of mortality that we become most aware of the strangeness and wonder of our brief life on Earth. --Kathleen Basford
is "There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you itâ€™s going to be a butterfly." --Margaret Fuller
: Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. (Cont'd.)
(Cont'd.) It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity. --Carl Gustav Jung
is "Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads." --Henry David Thoreau
is "What you seek is seeking you." --Jalal ad-Din Rumi
is "Does a place have consciousness, such that it can receive gratitude for what it has given just by being itself?" --Trebbe Johnson (Photo: Home in Ecuador)
is "Our approach to gratefulness has to be big enough to embrace all the difficulties of the world." --Br. David Steindl-Rast (photo by Brigitte Werner)
: One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, â€œWhat if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?â€ --Rachel Carson (photo by Linda Hannum)
is "All the children who are held and lovedâ€¦will know how to love others. Spread these virtues in the world. Nothing more need be done." Meng Zi, C. 300 BCE (Photo by Brian Odwar)
: "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less." --Madame Marie Curie (Photo by Gerd Altmann)
: Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life. --HH,Dalai Lama
Full attribution -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama (photo by Christine Sponchia)
: As life becomes harder and more threatening, it also becomes richer, because the fewer expectations we have, the more the good things of life become unexpected gifts that we accept with gratitude.
--Attritution: Elly Hillesum (1914â€“1943), who on 7 September 1943, with her family, was deported to Auschwitz. See: Etty Hillesum: An Interrupted Life, the Diaries & Letters.
: We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. -- Blessed Mother Teresa
: When we come upon beautiful things, they act like small tears in the surface of the world that pull us through to some vaster space. --Elaine Scarry (photo by Linda Hannum)
: I take my small pieces of joy wherever I can find them or make them, with gratitude. --Stephanie, a dear friend (photo, Patrick Casaert)
: There is a sixth sense, the natural religious sense, the sense of wonder. --D.H. Lawrence
is "It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness." --Eleanor Roosevelt
is "To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly." --Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette(photo by Linda Hannum)
Do not be small minded.Do not pray for gourds & pumpkins from God,when you should be asking for pure love & pure knowledge to dawn within every heart. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (photo by Gaby Stein)
is "Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony." --Thomas Merton (photo by Linda Hannum)
:Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night. -- Sarah Williams, English poet (1837â€“1868)
: One of life's most fulfilling moments occurs in the split-second when the familiar is suddenly transformed into the dazzling aura of the profoundly new. --Edward B. Lindaman
is "How fit to employ all the heart and the soul and the senses forever in joy!" --Robert Browning
: May the sun bring you new energy by day; may the moon softly restore you by night; may the rain wash away your worries; may the breeze blow new strength into your being. --Apache Blessing
: Those who have a strong sense of love and belonging have the courage to be imperfect. --BrenÃ© Brown
: While we cry ourselves to sleep, gratitude waits patiently to console and reassure us; there is a landscape larger than the one we can see. --Sarah Ban Breathnach (Photo by Dan Fador)
is, thank you Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The world laughs in flowers." Photo, Albert Dross, Netherlands Summer
is...so true! "The important thing is not to think much, but to love much; and so do that which best stirs you to love." St. Therese of Lisieux (Photo by Chris Grey)
is "When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around." --Willie Nelson (Photo by Chris Boenke)
is...the day I decide I am more interested in being aware of my thoughts than I am in the thoughts themselves -- that is the day I will find my way out:
:There is within us a modulation, an inner exaltation, which lifts us above the buffetings with which events assail us. Likewise, it lifts us above dependence upon the gifts of events for our joy.
: Text by Albert Schweitzer,http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel
is "If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation." --Jiddu Krishnamurti
is...*children's* book Open House for Butterflies by Ruth Krauss, her final and loveliest collaboration with Maurice Sendak.
: It was my life -- like all lives, mysterious and irrevocable and sacred. So very close, so very present, so very belonging to me. How wild it was, to let it be. --Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild
is "Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity." --Simone Weil (1909-1943)
is "Joy is the simplest form of gratitude." --Karl Barth
is "Daring to dream what is deepest in our collective longings is what makes us most human and fully alive." --Wendy Wright
: The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. --Rabindranath Tagore
:Even if I should be locked up in a narrow cell and a cloud should drift past my small barred window, then I shall bring you that cloud, Oh God, while there is still the strength in me to do so.
: text, Etty Hillesum; photo by Anja Osenberg
is "May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder." --John O'Donohue (Photo by Linda Hannum)
is...more Rumi! "Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground."
: But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love. --Kahlil Gibran (Photo by Anthony Poynton)
Following text by Wendell Berry and photo by Alain Audet.
is "The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope."
is "Mistakes are the portal to discovery." --James Joyce (Photo by Jacqueline Macou)
is "The destiny of humans cannot be separated from the destiny of Earth." --Thomas Berry
is " A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." --Lao Tzu
is "Those who are awake live in a constant state of amazement." --Jack Kornfield (Photo by Bkrmadtya Karki)
: In work of love, the body forgets its weight. And once again with love and singing in mind, I come to what must come to me, carried as a dancer by a song. This grace is gravity. --Wendell Berry
: It began in mystery and it will end in mystery, but what a rare and beautiful country lies in between. --Diane Ackerman (Photo by Frank Winkler)
: It may be that when we no longer know which way to go we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings. --Wendell Berry
is "Every exit is an entry somewhere else." --Tom Stoppard
is "We must slow down to a human tempo and weâ€™ll begin to have time to listen." --Thomas Merton
is "Be humble for you are made of Earth. Be noble for you are made of stars." --Serbian Proverb (Photo: Hubble, Carina Nebula)
"Love for ourselves is the power that heals us. So we need to be as loving as we can, everyday." --Louise Hay
is "Drawing on my fine command of the language, I said nothing." --Robert Benchley
To be alive: not just the carcass / But the spark. / That's crudely put, but ... / If we're not supposed to dance, / Why all this music? --Gregory Orr
is...yes! DANCE! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqLTe8h0-j
: There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy. -- Ralph H. Blum
:Catastrophe is the essence of the spiritual path,a series of breakdowns allowing us to discover the threads that weave all of life into a whole cloth. Roshi Joan Halifax (Photo by Muhammed Abd Allah)
is "A friend is a gift you give yourself." --Robert Louis Stevenson (Photo by Ulrika Mai)
: Even if our efforts of attention seem for years to be producing no result, one day a light that is in exact proportion to them will flood the soul. --Simone Weil
is "Within us is the soul of the whole, the wise silence, the universal beauty, the eternal One." --Ralph Waldo Emerson
agrees: " Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition." --James Baldwin
, YES! --
is "Gratitude is a flower that blooms in noble souls." --Pope Francis
: Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle. --Phillips Brooks
is "No one has ever become poor by giving." --Anne Frank
Loves the legacy of Rachel Carson, who said, "Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts."
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.
THANK YOU Chris Downie, the VeryMerrySparkGuy, for this incomparable wellness site! (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!)
Hatha yoga, so important for my health and peace of mind.
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