Tuesday, January 31, 2017

note to self





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You create what you resist.


—Luis Alvarez
Nobel Prize/Physics



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if you want






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If you want to become whole, let yourself be partial.
If you want to become straight, let yourself be crooked.
If you want to become full, let yourself be empty.
If you want to be reborn, let yourself die.

If you want to be given everything, give everything up.
The Master, by residing in the Tao, sets an example for all beings.


–Lao Tzu




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Thursday, January 26, 2017

medicine





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When the wind blows
that is my medicine
When it rains
that is my medicine

When it hails
that is my medicine

When it becomes clear after a storm
that is my medicine


–Holy Woman Poem



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listen






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The horse's mind

Blends
 
So swiftly


Into the hay's mind.



–Fazil Husnu Daglarca
Talat Sait Halman translation



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kindred





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... down deep, at the molecular heart of life,
we’re essentially identical to trees.


–Carl Sagan



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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

beyond mind





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Don’t rely on your mind for liberation. 
It is the mind that brought you into bondage.

Go beyond it altogether.


Nisargadatta Maharaj



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Sunday, January 22, 2017

just sit





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We just sit.

It is like something happening in the great sky.

Whatever kind of bird flies through it, the sky doesn’t care.
That is the mind transmitted from Buddha to us.


–Shunryu Suzuki


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Friday, January 20, 2017

Meditation Celestial and Terrestial





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The wild warblers are warbling in the jungle
Of life and spring of the lustrious inundations,
Flood on flood, of our returning sun.
Day after day, throughout the winter,
We hardened ourselves to live by bluest reason
In a world of wind and frost,

And by will, unshaken and florid
In mornings of angular ice,
That passed beyond us through the narrow sky.

But what are radiant reason and radiant will
To warblings early in the hilarious trees
Of summer, the drunken mother?


–Wallace Stevens



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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

manifesto





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When day comes, all things emerge from the depths of unmanifest nature;
when night comes, all things dissolve into the unmanifest again.

—Bhagavad Gita


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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

take off from here

 




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Cultivate a work-lust that imagines its haven like your hands at night, dreaming the sun in the sunspot of a breast. 

You are fasted now, light-headed, dangerous.
Take off from here. 


And don't be so earnest.


–Seamus Heaney



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Monday, January 16, 2017

location






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A man may go into the field and say his prayer and be aware of God, or, he may be in Church and be aware of God; but, if he is more aware of Him because he is in a quiet place, that is his own deficiency and not due to God, Who is alike present in all things and places, and is willing to give Himself everywhere so far as lies in Him.

He knows God rightly who knows Him everywhere.


–Meister Eckhart


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radishes and roses





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Ursula, in a garden, found
A bed of radishes.
She kneeled upon the ground
And gathered them,
With flowers around,
Blue, gold, pink, and green.

She dressed in red and gold brocade
And in the grass an offering made
Of radishes and flowers.

She said, “My dear,
upon your alters
I have placed the marguerites and coquelicot,
And roses
Frail as April snow;
 But here," she said,
"Where none can see,
I make an offering in the grass
Of radishes and flowers.”
And then she wept
For fear the Lord would not accept.

The good Lord in his garden sought
New leaf and shadowy tinct,
And they were all his thought.
He heard her low accord,
Half prayer and half ditty,
And He felt a subtle quiver,
That was not heavenly love,
Or pity.

This is not writ
In any book.


–Wallace Stevens


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Saturday, January 14, 2017

the question




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The question ‘Who am I?’ is not really meant to get an answer. 
The question ‘Who am I?’ is meant to dissolve the questioner.

Ramana Maharshi



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note to self





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Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way.

—Alan Wilson Watts


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the proof


 



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Ultimately, you are the proof that God exists, not the other way around. For before any question about God can be put, you must be there to put it.


–Nisargadatta Maharaj


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Friday, January 13, 2017

question





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If you had a temple in the secret spaces of your heart,
What would you worship there?
What would you bring to sacrifice?
What would be behind the curtain in the holy of holies?

–Tom Barrett
what's in the temple? excerpt




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Thursday, January 12, 2017

slow growth

 



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The most living moment comes when
those who love each other meet each
other's eyes and in what flows
between them then. To see your face

in a crowd of others, or alone on a 
frightening street, I weep for that.

Our tears improve the earth. The
time you scolded me, your gratitude,

your laughing, always your qualities
increase the soul. Seeing you is a 

wine that does not muddle or numb.
We sit inside the cypress shadow

where amazement and clear thought
twine their slow growth into us.


–Rumi


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

hope is the thing





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"Hope" is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—

And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—
And sore must be the storm—
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm—

I've heard it in the chillest land—
And on the strangest Sea—
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb—of Me.



–Emily Dickinson



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the greatest of these






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Though I speak with the tongues of angels,
If I have not love...
My words would resound with but a tinkling cymbal.

And though I have the gift of prophesy...
And understand all mysteries...
and all knowledge...

And though I have all faith
So that I could remove mountains,
If I have not love...
I am nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind;
Love tolerates all things,
Aspires to all things.
Love never dies.
While the prophecies shall be done away,
tongues shall be silenced,
knowledge shall fade...
thus then shall linger only
faith, hope, and love...
but the greatest of these...
is love.


1 Corinthians 13




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Saturday, January 7, 2017

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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Friday, January 6, 2017

from a letter, Oct. 13, 1819, to his fiancée Fanny Brawne





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I have been astonished that men could die
martyrs for their religion –
I have shuddered at it,
I shudder no more.


I could be martyred for my religion.
Love is my religion
and I could die for that.
I could die for you.



–John Keats


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Wednesday, January 4, 2017





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Nothing is lost,

nothing is created,

everything is transformed.


—Antoine Lavoisier
1743–1794




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