Monday, October 31, 2016

ssh





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You are not a drop in the ocean.
You are the entire ocean in a drop.


—Rumi



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Sunday, October 30, 2016

the wind shifts like this





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This is how the wind shifts:
Like the thoughts of an old human,
Who still thinks eagerly
And despairingly.

The wind shifts like this:
Like a human without illusions,
Who still feels irrational things within her.

The wind shifts like this:
Like humans approaching proudly,
Like humans approaching angrily.

This is how the wind shifts:
Like a human, heavy and heavy,
Who does not care.


–Wallace Stevens



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Saturday, October 29, 2016

hush





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Hush.
I am so close, I may look distant.
So completely mixed with you, I may look separate.
So out in the open, I appear hidden.
So silent, because I am constantly talking with you.


–Rumi


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Complexity of a Sphere




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Buckminster Fuller defines a Sphere as “a multiplicity of discrete events, approximately equidistant in all directions from a Nuclear Center.”


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Thursday, October 27, 2016

the brain is wider than the sky






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The Brain—is wider than the Sky—
For—put them side by side—
The one the other will contain
With ease—and You—beside—

The Brain is deeper than the sea—
For—hold them—Blue to Blue—
The one the other will absorb—
As Sponges—Buckets—do—

The Brain is just the weight of God—
For—Heft them—Pound for Pound—
And they will differ—if they do—
As Syllable from Sound—


–Emily Dickinson



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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

if you try





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You cannot understand life and its mysteries as long as you try to grasp it. Indeed, you cannot grasp it, just as you cannot walk off with a river in a bucket. 

If you try to capture running water in a bucket, it is clear that you do not understand it and that you will always be disappointed, for in the bucket the water does not run. 

To “have” running water you must let go of it and let it run.


–Alan Watts


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conditions of a solitary bird





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The conditions of a solitary bird are five:

The first, that it flies to the highest point;

the second, that it does not suffer for company,
not even of its own kind;

the third, that it aims its beak to the skies;

the fourth, that it does not have a definite color;

the fifth, that it sings very softly.


–St. John of the Cross



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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

I saw you dancing





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I saw you dancing last night
on the roof of your house
all alone.
I felt your heart longing for the Friend.
I saw you whirling
beneath the soft bright rose
that hung from an invisible stem in the sky.

So I began to change into my best clothes
in hopes of joining you,
even though I live a thousand miles away.

And if you had spun like an immaculate sphere
just two more times,
then bowed again so sweetly to the east,
you would have found God and me
standing so near
and lifting you into our arms.

I saw you dancing last night
near the roof of this world.


–Hafiz


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for every reason in existence





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And
For no reason
I start skipping like a child. And
For no reason
I turn into a leaf
That is carried so high
I kiss the sun's mouth
And dissolve.
And
For no reason
A thousand birds
Choose my head for a conference table,
Start passing their
Cups of wine
And their wild songbooks all around.
And
For every reason in existence
I begin to eternally,
To eternally laugh and love!
When I turn into a leaf
And start dancing,
I run to kiss our beautiful Friend
And I dissolve in the Truth
That I Am.



–Hafiz



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Sunday, October 23, 2016

beloved





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Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder.

Help some soul heal.

Walk out of your house like a shepherd.


–Rumi

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

living on the plains







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That winter when this thought came -- how the river
held still every midnight and flowed
backward a minute -- we studied algebra
late in our room fixed up in the barn,
and I would feel the curved relation,
the rafters upside down, and the cows in their life
holding the earth round and ready
to meet itself again when morning came.

At breakfast while my mother stirred the cereal
she said, "You're studying too hard,"
and I would include her face and hands in my glance
and then look past my father's gaze as
he told again our great race through the stars
and how the world can't keep up with our dreams.


–William Stafford
The Way It Is




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Two Moo
by LukeMaximoBell
dronephoto

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I live my life in growing orbits





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I live my life in growing orbits
which move out over the things of the world.
Perhaps I can never achieve the last,
but that will be my attempt.

I am circling around God, around the ancient tower
and have been circling for a thousand years
and I still do not know if I am a falcon, a storm
or a great song.

 

–Rainer Maria Rilke
The Book of Hours, excerpt
Robert Bly translation



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direction





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… stay at the center of the circle and let all things take their course.

—Lao Tzu



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not to worry





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This place where you are right now,
God circled on a map for you.

–Hafiz


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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

not to worry





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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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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

delicious trouble





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This the spirit that Beauty must ever induce, wonderment and a delicious trouble, longing and love and a trembling that is all delight.

For the unseen all this may be felt as for the seen; and this is the Soul's feel for it, every Soul in some degree, but those the more deeply that are the more truly apt to this higher love – just as all take delight in the beauty of the body but all are not stung as sharply, and those only that feel the keener wound are known as Lovers.

These Lovers, then, lovers of the beauty outside of sense, must be made to declare themselves.


–Plotinus


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Sunday, October 16, 2016

no need






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You need not do anything.
Remain sitting at your table and listen.
You need not even listen, just wait.

You need not even wait,
just learn to be quiet, still and solitary.
And the world will freely offer itself to you unmasked.

It has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.


–Franz Kafka


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not to worry





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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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Saturday, October 15, 2016

i am that







I am not this hair,  
I am not this skin,  
I am the soul that lives within.


–Rumi


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journey






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And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and humbling and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground at our feet, and learn to be at home.

–Wendell Berry


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caribou migrating
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dear world






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One regret, dear world
That I am determined not to have
When I am lying on my deathbed

Is that
I did not kiss you enough.


–Hafiz



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Friday, October 14, 2016

Statement to the Court, excerpt

 



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Your honor, years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on the earth.
I said then and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it;
while there is a criminal element, I am of it;
while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.

  
–Eugene Debs
Upon Being Convicted of Violating the Sedition Act,
September 18, 1918




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pebble





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The pebble
is a perfect creature
equal to itself
mindful of its limits  
filled exactly
with a pebbly meaning
 
with a scent that does not remind one of anything
does not frighten anything away does not arouse desire
 
its ardour and coldness
are just and full of dignity
 
I feel a heavy remorse
when I hold it in my hand
and its noble body
is permeated by false warmth
 
- Pebbles cannot be tamed -
to the end they will look at us
with a calm and very clear eye



–Zbigniew Herbert
Peter Dale Scott and
Czesław Miłosz

translation




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Thursday, October 13, 2016

water and wind and stone





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The water hollowed the stone,
the wind dispersed the water,
the stone stopped the wind.
Water and wind and stone.

The wind sculpted the stone,
the stone is a cup of water,
The water runs off and is wind.
Stone and wind and water.

The wind sings in its turnings,
the water murmurs as it goes,
the motionless stone is quiet.
Wind and water and stone.

One is the other and is neither:
among their empty names
they pass and disappear,
water and stone and wind.


–Octavio Paz



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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

perhaps





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Perhaps the same bird echoed through both of us yesterday, separate, in the evening.

–Rainer Maria Rilke


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Monday, October 10, 2016

um ...





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If you do not change direction,
you may end up where you are heading.

—Lao Tzu
Tao Te Ching


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instruction





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Love one another.

—Jesus of Nazareth


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these things matter most








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In the end these things matter most:

How well did you love?

How fully did you love?

How deeply did you learn to let go?


–Buddha


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love in action






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It is earnestness that is indispensable, the crucial factor.

Sadhana is only a vessel and it must be filled to the brim with earnestness, which is but love in action.

For nothing can be done without love.



–Nisargadatta Maharaj



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Captain January, 1924
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Sunday, October 9, 2016

As If to Demonstrate an Eclipse





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I pick an orange from a wicker basket
and place it on the table
to represent the sun.
Then down at the other end
a blue and white marble
becomes the earth
and nearby I lay the little moon of an aspirin.

I get a glass from a cabinet,
open a bottle of wine,
then I sit in a ladder-back chair,
a benevolent god presiding
over a miniature creation myth,

and I begin to sing
a homemade canticle of thanks
for this perfect little arrangement,
for not making the earth too hot or cold
not making it spin too fast or slow

so that the grove of orange trees
and the owl become possible,
not to mention the rolling wave,
the play of clouds, geese in flight,
and the Z of lightning on a dark lake.

Then I fill my glass again
and give thanks for the trout,
the oak, and the yellow feather,

singing the room full of shadows,
as sun and earth and moon
circle one another in their impeccable orbits
and I get more and more cockeyed with gratitude.


–Billy Collins



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thanksgiving





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Learn by little the desire for all things
which perhaps is not desire at all

but undying love which perhaps
is not love at all but gratitude 


for the being of things which perhaps
is not gratitude at all

but the maker’s joy in what is made,
the joy in which we come to rest.



–Wendell Berry
from Leavings



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gratitude





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I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

—G. K. Chesterton


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every good thing

 



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Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously.
And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.


–Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Sunday, October 2, 2016

hallo





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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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the law of love





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Love is the basis of the spirit
and the law of love is the basis of creation.


—Walter Russell


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