Monday, May 16, 2011
~My bicycle has always symbolized something about moving on, moving out, taking risks, joy.~
~Oh, and the Toyota Dolphin spells Adventure with a capital "A."~
My first adventure in the Toyota Dolphin the summer of 2009 took me to Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, and beyond. Last summer I made a 5000-mile east coast circuit, meeting dear SparkFriends during the journey (including dear PUDLECRAZY and FRANCESCANAZ!).
~Yellowstone, 2009. Ecuador (which means equator in Spanish!) is 0 degrees latitude, sitting as it does on the equator.~
~Yellowstone, 2009. Oh YEAH?~
~Yellowstone, 2009. Yeah, with change comes entrance onto that unknown, untraversed road.~
As my trip to Ecuador is now just around the corner (June 8-August 17), I have much to consider. Stepping out into the unknown reaches of my life is not as easy as it was a few years ago...but I still nourish that spirit of change...change is something I'm intimately acquainted with. My SparkPeople wallpaper panorama photo is the valley in northern Ecuador that I call "home." There are also some Ecuador pictures in my Photo Gallery.
Honoring the need to care lovingly for this body-mind-spirit temple, I plunge within, looking at ways to change the quality and direction of my life in this unique phase of my life. So then, as I move through this difficult period, when messages like this poem, For a New Beginning, appear in my Inbox I take notice.
John O'Donohue reverberates within my heart and spirit in this call --
For a New Beginning
In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.
For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.
Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life's desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.
~ John O'Donohue ~
(To Bless the Space Between Us)
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
I've been going through a bit of a rough patch recently, exacerbated today by a hurtful incident. I went to a favorite poetry spot for solace and this verse from "Oh please" by Hafiz jumped out at me:
"Run like hell, my dear,
from anyone likely to put a sharp knife
into the sacred, tender vision
of your beautiful heart."
So I'll continue to be, to a great extent, absentee as I work on healing my wounded heart (by learning to "surrender ever more deeply to freedom and joy") and preparing for the summer in South America . Please know that SparkPeople is my "social network" of choice, where I've found dear and precious friends. It not only keeps me honest and offers beaucoups resources in my journey toward optimal health, but also offers a balm to my soul through all of you who support me on the journey.
We have not come here to take prisoners
But to surrender ever more deeply
to freedom and joy.
We have not come into this exquisite world
to hold ourselves hostage from love. Run, my dear,
from anything that may not strengthen
your precious budding wings,
Run like hell, my dear,
from anyone likely to put a sharp knife
into the sacred, tender vision
of your beautiful heart.
We have a duty to befriend
those aspects of obedience
that stand outside of our house
and shout to our reason
"oh please, oh please
come out and play."
For we have not come here to take prisoners,
or to confine our wondrous spirits,
But to experience ever and ever more deeply
our divine courage, freedom,
You will not be sorry if you take some time to explore:
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
STRIKE AGAINST TERROR
By Thich Nhat Hanh
"Strike against terror" is a misleading expression. What we are striking against is not the real cause or the root of terror. The object of our strike is still human life. We are sowing seeds of violence as we strike. Striking in this way we will only bring about more hatred and violence into the world. This is exactly what we do not want to do.
Terror is in the human heart. We must remove this terror from the heart. Destroying the human heart, both physically and psychologically, is what we must absolutely avoid. The root of terrorism should be identified, so that it can be removed. The root of terrorism is misunderstanding, intolerance, hatred, revenge and hopelessness. This root cannot be located by the military. Bombs and missiles cannot reach it, let alone destroy it. Only with the practice of looking deeply can our insight reveal and identify this root. Only with the practice of deep listening and compassion can it be transformed and removed.
Darkness cannot be dissipated with more darkness. More darkness will make darkness thicker. Only light can dissipate darkness. Violence and hatred cannot be removed with violence and hatred. Rather, this will make violence and hatred grow a thousand fold. Only understanding and compassion can dissolve violence and hatred.
Hatred, and violence are in the hearts of human beings. A terrorist is a human being with hatred, revenge, violence and misunderstanding in his or her heart. Acting without understanding, acting out of hatred, violence and fear, only helps sow more terror, bringing terror to the homes of others and ultimately bringing terror back to the homes of the attacker. The philosophy of "an eye for an eye," only creates more suffering and bloodshed and more enemies. One of the greatest casualties we may suffer results from this wrong thinking and action. Whole societies are living constantly in fear with their nerves being attacked day and night. Such a state of confusion, fear and anxiety is extremely dangerous. It can bring about another world war, this time extremely destructive in the worst possible way.
We must learn to speak out for peace now, so that our spiritual voice can be heard in this dangerous and pivotal moment of history. Those of us who have the light should display the light and offer it so that the world will not sink into total darkness. Everyone has the seed of awakening and insight within his or her heart. Let us help each other touch these seeds in ourselves so that everyone can have the courage to speak out. We must ensure that the way we live our daily lives does not create more terrorism in the world, through intolerance, hatred, revenge and greed. We need a collective awakening to stop this course of self-destruction.
Spiritual leaders in this country need to be invited to raise their voice strongly and speak up for peaceful solutions to the world problems and bring about the awareness of the teaching of compassion and non-violence to the American nation and the people.
By understanding the nature and cause of the suffering of humanity, we will then know the right method to begin to heal the great problems on this planet.
Thich Nhat Hanh, November 2002
YES! I'm following DragonFly's en*light*ening idea and posting this exquisite project/music to STRIKE FOR LOVE:
Click here for ONE LOVE (in more ways than ONE!) --
Friday, April 22, 2011
My computer woes continue: I can't believe I accomplished this wish to share Easter greetings with you...ON DIAL-UP!!!
I love Jesus, who said to us:
heaven and earth will pass away.
When heaven and earth have passed away,
my word will still remain.
What was your word, Jesus?
Love? Forgiveness? Affection?
All your words were
one word: Wakeup.
~ Antonio Machado ~
(Translated by Robert Bly, in
The Soul Is Here For Its Own Joy)
Antonio Machado, born July 26, 1875 in Sevilla, Spain, died February 22, 1939 in Collioure, France. An outstanding Spanish poet and playwright of Spain's "Generation of '98," Machado received a doctoral degree in literature in Madrid, and attended the Sorbonne. He rejected the modernism of his contemporaries and adopted what he called "eternal poetry," which was informed more by intuition than by intellect.
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