Tuesday, October 27, 2015

alone looking at the mountain





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All the birds have flown up and gone;
A lonely cloud floats leisurely by.
We never tire of looking at each other -
Only the mountain and I.


–Li Po

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Monday, October 26, 2015

note to self





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You are neck-deep in water and yet cry for water.

It is as good as saying that one neck-deep in water feels thirsty, or that a fish in water feels thirsty, or that water feels thirsty.

Grace is always there.

–Ramana Maharshi

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Monday, September 14, 2015

a glossary of chickens





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There should be a word for the way
they look with just one eye, neck bent,
for beetle or worm or strewn grain.
“Gleaning,” maybe, between “gizzard”
and “grit.” 

And for the way they run toward
someone they trust, their skirts
hiked, their plump bodies wobbling:
“bobbling,” let’s call it, inserted
after “blowout” and before “bloom.”

There should be terms, too, for things
they do not do—like urinate or chew—
but perhaps there already are.

I’d want a word for the way they drink,
head thrown back, throat wriggling,
like an old woman swallowing
a pill; a word beginning with “S,”
coming after “sex feather” and before “shank.”

And one for the sweetness of hens
but not roosters.

We think that by naming we can understand,
as if the tongue were more than muscle.


–Gary Whitehead



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Friday, September 4, 2015

love seeks no cause


 

 
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Love seeks no cause beyond itself and no fruit;
it is its own fruit, its own enjoyment.

I love because I love;
I love in order that I may love.


–Saint Bernard


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love is






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love is more thicker than forget
more thinner than recall
more seldom than a wave is wet
more frequent than to fall

it is most mad and moonly
and less it shall unbe
than all the sea which only
is deeper than the sea

love is less always than to win
less never than alive
less bigger than the least begin
less littler than forgive

it is most sane and sunly
and more it cannot die
than all the sky which only
is higher than the sky

–E. E. Cummings


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Thursday, September 3, 2015

you know ...





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Your effort is the bondage.

—Sri Ramana Maharshi


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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

from Leaves of Grass





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Re-examine all you have been told. 
Dismiss what insults your soul. 

—Walt Whitman


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not to worry






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wherever you are is the entry point

—Kabir


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Thursday, August 20, 2015

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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Sunday, August 16, 2015

patience





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You have not danced so badly, my dear,
Trying to hold hands with the Beautiful One.
You have waltzed with great style,
My sweet, crushed angel,
To have ever neared God's heart at all.
Our Partner is notoriously difficult to follow,
And even His best musicians are not always easy To hear.
So what if the music has stopped for a while.
So what
If the price of admission to the Divine
Is out of reach tonight.
So what, my dear,
If you do not have the ante to gamble for
Real Love.


The mind and the body are famous
For holding the heart ransom,


But Hafiz knows the Beloved's eternal habits.
Have patience,
For He will not be able to resist your longing For Long.


You have not danced so badly, my dear,
Trying to kiss the Beautiful One.


You have actually waltzed with tremendous style,
O my sweet, O my sweet crushed angel.



–Hafiz










Thursday, August 6, 2015

note to self





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Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.

–William Morris


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Thursday, July 23, 2015

look





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When past and future dissolve there is only You


–Rumi


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Thursday, July 9, 2015

yearn for more







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Yearn for more.
By God, don't linger
in any spiritual benefit you have gained,
but yearn for more, like one suffering from illness
whose thirst for water is never quenched.

This Divine Court is the Plane of the Infinite.

Leave the seat of honor behind;
let the Way be your seat of honor.



–Rumi



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Wednesday, July 1, 2015






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I am
emptiness
but make
no mistake

emptiness is not
void. It has
flavor, it has
substance.
Its colors are dusk,
half-light, depth.

You are the tender
spread of dawn
when it first appears
and the last lingering
long after sunset.
You are the
emerald sheen of
sun in water
and the light that fails
to find its reflection
on a day of drizzle.

You take my
emptiness and spin it
into a blanket so light
it sits like stardust
on your shoulders,
my emptiness offering shade
to your dazzling Fullness.


–Antoinette Voûte Roeder
Color Me Empty
a love song




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thank you
Antoinette!
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Thursday, June 18, 2015

birthright







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Your love should never be offered to the
mouth of a stranger,

Only to someone
Who has the valor and daring
To cut pieces of their soul off with a knife
Then weave them into a blanket
To protect you.


–Hafiz


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