Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

that dream







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It’s that dream that we carry with us
that something wonderful will happen,
that it has to happen,
that time will open,
that the heart will open,
that doors will open,
that the mountains will open,
that wells will leap up,
that the dream will open,
that one morning we’ll slip in
to a harbor that we've never known.

Olav H. Hauge
Robert Bly translation








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Monday, September 29, 2014

universe - one song







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So the subatomic particles we see in nature, the quartz, the electrons are nothing but musical notes on a tiny vibrating string.

What is physics? Physics is nothing but the laws of harmony that you can write on vibrating strings. 


What is chemistry? Chemistry is nothing but the melodies you can play on interacting vibrating strings.

What is the universe?

The universe is a symphony of vibrating strings and then what is the mind of God? Its the cosmic music resonating through eleven dimensional hyperspace.



–Michio Kaku







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all things


 



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Never forget that the universe is a single living organism possessed of one substance and one soul, holding all things suspended in a single consciousness and creating all things with a single purpose that they might work together spinning and weaving and knotting whatever comes to pass.

–Marcus Aurelius
April 26, 121 — March 17, 180, Rome







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buffleheadcabin
wait - what?

Desert Rivers, Mexico
Adriana Franco
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

the parable of the equal hearts







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Once there were two lovers that had equal hearts.
One would pursue one,
the other would pursue the other.
Then the angels looked down and said:
“What a waste,” and made them perceive each other.
Their hearts melted into one.
They had no use for the world
so they leaped into the swift river.
This heart was always restless
and the only place where it had any rest at all was on the beach.
But even on the beach one said:
“I wish we’d never been made one.”
And immediately one half flew up in the sky
and the other half into the sea.
But they yearned for each other.
And when it rained the one in the sea said:
“This is a message from my other half in the sky.”
And when the water was evaporated from the ocean and rose
up, the other said:
“This is a message from my other half in the sea.”
The angels were stumped.
There’s one thing that God is not able to endure –
a suffering heart.
He felt one half in the sky and one half in the sea.
God thought what to do.
So the one in the sky fell down into the sea
and immediately both turned to sea water.
Ever since that time when the water is drawn up from the sea
and it rains this is not an ordinary rain. It’s the rain
that affects people and softens them.
I painted a painting called This Rain.


—Agnes Martin
Writings

—Agnes Martin
This Rain, 1960 Oil on canvas









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Saturday, September 27, 2014

today






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Change rooms in your mind for a day.

All the hemispheres in existence
Lie beside an equator
In your heart.


—Hafiz




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existence








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Existence leans its mouth toward me,

because my love cares for it.


–Meister Eckhart






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all objects in existence are wildly in love!







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They are always kissing,
they can't control themselves.
 

It is not possible that any
creature can have greater instincts
and perceptions than the
mature human mind.

God ripened me.
So I see it is true:  
all objects in existence are
wildly in love! 


–Meister Eckhart








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Friday, September 26, 2014

today







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Just turn away from all that occupies the mind;
do whatever work you have to complete,
avoid new obligations;
keep empty, keep available, but
resist not what comes uninvited.



–Nisargadatta Maharaj







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from an untitled poem








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To sing is to begin a sentence
like “I want to get well."
I am not born for nothing
and neither are you:
Heaven never wept
over nothing.

–Thomas Merton






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how it works








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One does not stand still looking for a path. 

One walks; and as one walks,
a path comes into being.



—Mas Kodani







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There is an endless net of threads throughout the universe. –The Rig Veda








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The clear bead at the center
changes everything.
There are
no edges to my loving now.

You've heard it said there's
a window that opens from one
mind to another,

but if there's no wall,
there's no need for
fitting the window, or the latch.


–Rumi







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is that you?








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“Hallo, Rabbit,’ he said, ‘is that you?’

'Let's pretend it isn't,' said Rabbit, 'and see what happens.'”


–A. A. Milne







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Thursday, September 25, 2014

today








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Let your faculties rest.
You have reached a point where your further growth in perfection demands that you do not feed your mind with meditations on the multiple aspects of your being.

In the past, these pious meditations helped you to understand something of God. They fed your interior affection with a sweet and delightful attraction...

but now it is important that you seriously concentrate on the effort to abide continually in the deep center of your spirit, offering to God that naked blind awareness of your being which I call your first fruits.

I want you to clearly understand that in this work it is not necessary to inquire into minute details of God's existence any more than of your own.

For there is no name, no experience, and no insight so akin to the everlastingness of God than what you can possess, perceive, and actually experience in the blind loving awareness of this word, is.

...let your faculties rest from their minute inquiry into the attributes of his being, or yours.  Leave all this behind...

With perseverance in this practice, you will grow increasingly refined in singleness of heart until you are ready to strip, spoil, and utterly unclothe your self-awareness of everything, even the elemental awareness of your own being, so that you might be newly clothed in the gracious stark experience of God as he is in himself.

For this is the way of all real love.

The lover will utterly and completely despoil himself of everything, even his very self, because of the one he loves.

This is the meaning of the words;
"Anyone who wishes to love me let him forsake himself."


...to lose the knowledge and experience of self. 
This is essential...



from The Book of Privy Counseling
written anonymously in the 14th century,

edited by William Johnston






















perception









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You observe the heart feeling, the mind thinking, the body acting;

the very act of perceiving shows that you are not what you perceive. 



–Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj 











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real-ization









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I came to realize clearly that mind is no other than mountains and rivers and the great wide earth, the sun and the moon and the stars.


Dogen




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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

today










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Fall in love.
There is no salvation for the soul
But to fall in Love.
It has to creep and crawl
Among the Lovers first.

Only Lovers can escape
From these two worlds.
This was written in creation.
Only from the Heart
Can you reach the sky.

The rose of Glory
Can only be raised in the Heart.


–Rumi








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i follow barefoot








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I long for You so much
I follow barefoot Your frozen tracks

That are high in the mountains
That I know are years old.

I long for You so much 
I have even begun to travel
Where I have never been before.

Hafiz, there is no one in this world
Who is not looking for God.

Everyone is trudging along
With as much dignity, courage
And style

As they possibly 
Can.


–Hafiz
Daniel Ladinsky translation







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like this








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When someone quotes the old poetic image
about clouds gradually uncovering the moon,
slowly loosen knot by knot the strings
of your robe.
Like this.


–Rumi








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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

doership








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Why should you bear your load on your head when you are traveling on a train? 

It carries you and your load whether the load is on your head or on the floor of the train. You are not lessening the burden of the train by keeping it on your head but only straining yourself unnecessarily.
 

Similar is the sense of doership in the world by individuals.


–Ramana Maharshi








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Monday, September 22, 2014

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Dance.
A thousand times I have ascertained and found it to be true: the affairs of this world are really nothing into nothing. 

Still though, we should dance.


–Hafiz






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you are beautiful







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You suppose that you are the lock on the door
But you are the key that opens it

It’s too bad that you want to be someone else

You don’t see your own face, your own beauty
Yet, no face is more beautiful than yours.


—Rumi






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wild geese







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You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile, the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across landscapes,
over the prairies and deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air
are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting---
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.


–Mary Oliver







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Sunday, September 21, 2014

for your Sunday







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happy birthday, Leonard







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We kneel in gratitude
as the movements in love
disperse our sweet intentions
across the fictions
of Companionship-
two of the creatures
which You named Me
 

Leonard Cohen








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today







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Be kind to your sleeping heart.

Awake awhile.
It does not have to be
Forever,
Right now.
One step upon the Sky’s soft skirt
Would be enough.
Hafiz,
Awake awhile.
Just one True moment of Love
Will last for days. 

Rest all your elaborate plans and tactics
For Knowing Him,
For they are all just frozen spring buds
Far,
So far from Summer’s Divine Gold.
Awake, my dear.

Be kind to your sleeping heart.
Take it out into the vast fields of Light
And let it breathe

Say,
“Love,
Give me back my wings.
Lift me,
Lift me nearer.” 

Say to the sun and moon,
Say to our dear Friend,
“I will take You up now, Beloved,
On that wonderful Dance You promised.” 


–Hafiz







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here







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Come, live in my heart, and pay no rent. 

—Samuel Lover







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let’s live suddenly without thinking









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let’s live suddenly without thinking
under honest trees,
                        a stream
does.the brain of cleverly-crinkling
-water pursues the angry dream
of the shore. By midnight,
                                a moon
scratches the skin of the organised hills
an edged nothing begins to prune
let’s live like the light that kills
and let’s as silence,
                            because Whirl’s after all:
(after me)love,and after you.
 I occasionally feel vague how
vague idon’t know tenuous Now-
spears and The Then-arrows making do
our mouths something red,something tall


–E. E. Cummings







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there is a(n energy) field








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Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing
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






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