Inspiration

Inspiration

Inspiration is disturbing. She does not believe in guarantees or insurance or strict schedules. She is not interested in how well you write your grant proposal or what you do for a living or why you are too busy to see her. She will be there when you need her but you have to take it on trust. Surrender. She knows when you need her better than you do. —J. Ruth...

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When I am among the trees

When I am among the trees, especially the willows and the honey locust, equally the beech, the oaks and the pines, they give off such hints of gladness. I would almost say that they save me, and daily. I am so distant from the hope of myself, in which I have goodness, and discernment, and never hurry through the world but walk slowly, and bow often. Around me the trees stir in their leaves and...

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A Good Place…

There is a magical moment when we recognize that the point is not to search outside ourselves. The more we suffer, the clearer it becomes: Everything we are in search of will disappoint us. There are no perfect beings, no perfect jobs, no perfect apartments. And thus the search always ends at the same place, and the name of this place is disappointment. A good place. Charlotte Joko Beck –...

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OUR COLLECTIVE INITIATION

William irwin Thompson writes: “We are experiencing the initiation of the human race into a new level of consciousness, and that is a very terrifying experience. It does no good to turn and run from the terror of our darkness into light; we must sit it out: zazen. “We must take our counsel from The Tibetan Book of the Dead and realize that these frightening projections of famines,...

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And then there is this thing called Fear…

From an article written in Commusings by Jeff Krasno …..Fear is as ancient as sentient life on earth. It is a fundamental, deeply wired reaction evolved over biological history to protect organisms, including humans, against perceived threat. Homo Sapiens have spent the majority of their time here on earth as hunter-gatherers, foraging for edible plants and pursuing wild animals on the...

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Looking In

I am a flute And someone is blowing, I don’t know who. You, whose lips are pressed against me, Your breath is cool and sweet. Play whatever you want. You are the gold smith, And I am a rock. Push me deep into the fire. Make me pure. Then, at the right moment, Strike with your hammer. Pay no attention to these tears. They are just the faint remains Of something no longer useful. You are the...

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The Tao of Pooh

“You can’t stay in your corner of the forest, waiting for others to come to you;  you have to go to them sometimes.” ———————— “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.” —————————- “What day is it,?” asked Pooh. “It’s today,”...

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If You Treat a Man…

Painful Thinking by Linaji If you treat a man as he appears to be, you make him worse than he is. But if you treat a man as if he already were what he potentially could be, you make him what he is destined to be. -Wolfgang von Goethe– ————————- I have come to a frightening conclusion, that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach...

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The poet of my Soul

I am the poet of the body, And I am the poet of the soul. The pleasures of heaven are with me, and the pains of hell are with me, The first I graft and increase upon myself — the latter I translate into a new tongue. —Walt Whitman, “Song of...

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Your Other Names

Containers break.  Eras end. thingness only a stopping ground, a pause on the train station, followed by moving on. … You were never yourself everything cresting and falling, giving way, again, to the ocean. … When you know that you are just a disco party of cells that came together for a time, you’ll live like the blazing sphere that you are, and dance with the spheres around...

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