Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Melt Your Hate

Visualize an object that signifies your propensity toward self-hatred -- maybe a whip to symbolize the way you scourge yourself with punishing criticism, or handcuffs to represent your yearning for approval from people who don't even respect you or understand you. Picture yourself throwing this object into a vat of molten gold. See it dissolve. Then say or sing these words as many times as you'd like to:


I will never again drop a bomb on my playground.
I will never again smash a mirror on my face.
I will never again try to cut my own heart out.
I will never again cast a curse on myself.
I will never again cast a curse on myself.


~ Rob Breszny

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Green To Me





We've all got wounds to clean
Here's a rag, here's some gasoline


Monday, February 27, 2012

Live Before You Die


Sleep don't visit so I choke on sun
And the days blur into one
And the backs of my eyes hum with things I've never done

Sheets are swaying from an old clothesline
Like a row of captured ghosts over old dead grass
Was never much but we made the most
Welcome home

Ships are launching from my chest
Some have names but most do not
If you find one please let me know what piece I've lost

Peel the scars from off my back
I don't need them anymore
You can throw them out or keep them in your mason jars
I've come home

All my nightmares escaped my head
Bar the door please don't let them in
You were never supposed to leave
Now my head's splitting at the seams
And I don't know if I can

Here beneath my lungs I feel your thumbs press into my skin again

~ Radical Face

Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Silence



What struck me most was the silence. It was a great silence, unlike any I have encountered on Earth, so vast and deep that I began to hear my own body: my heart beating, my blood vessels pulsing, even the rustle of my muscles moving over each other seemed audible. There were more stars in the sky than I had expected. The sky was deep black, yet at the same time bright with sunlight.


~ Alexei Leonov, cosmonaut, Life magazine, November 1988







Saturday, February 25, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Go Forth

Go forth under the open sky and listen to nature's teachings.


~ William C. Bryant



Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Astronomer's Paradise





Ghost Ship

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

~ Lao Tzu







Monday, February 20, 2012

Struggle

Strength is happiness. Strength is itself victory. In weakness and cowardice there is no happiness. When you wage a struggle, you might win or you might lose. But regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being.


~ Daisaku Ikeda

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Once

This lifetime will never come again; it is precious and irreplaceable.





Thursday, February 16, 2012

Zen

The snow falls, each flake in its appropriate place.





Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Creators

We create our destiny and we can change it.



Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Our Love



Our love is like a well in the wilderness where time watches over the wandering lightning. Our sleep is a secret tunnel that leads to the scent of apples carried on the wind. When I hold you, I hold everything that is--swans, volcanoes, river rocks, maple trees drinking the fragrance of the moon, bread that the fire adores. In your life I see everything that lives.


~ Pablo Neruda

Monday, February 13, 2012

Suffering

Suffering drives you deeper.

Eckhart Tolle


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Sunset Volcano




Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find resources of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.


~ Rachel Carson


Panthera Leo

Death was afraid of him because he had the heart of a lion.

~ Arabian Proverb




Friday, February 10, 2012

We Are Not Ourselves

If you are awake enough, aware enough, to be able to observe how you interact with other people, you may detect subtle changes in your speech, attitude, and behavior depending on the person you are interacting with. At first, it may be easier to observe this in others; then, you may also detect it in yourself. The way in which you speak to the chairman of the company may be different in subtle ways from how you speak to the janitor. How you speak to a child may be different from how you speak to an adult. Why is that? You are playing roles. You are not yourself, neither with the chairman nor with the janitor or the child. When you walk into a store to buy something, when you go to a restaurant, the bank, the post office, you may find yourself slipping into pre-established social roles. You become a customer and speak and act as such. And you may be treated by the salesperson or waiter, who is also playing a role, as a customer. A range of conditioned patterns of behavior come into effect between two human beings that determine the nature of the interaction. Instead of human beings, conceptual mental images are interacting with each other. The more identified people are with their respective roles, the more inauthentic the relationships become. 

You have a mental image not only of who the other person is, but also of who you are, especially in relation to the person you are interacting with. So you are not relating with that person at all, but who you think you are is relating to who you think the other person is and vice versa, relating to its own creation, which is the conceptual image it has made of the other person. The other person's mind has probably done the same, so every egoic interaction between two people is in reality the interaction between four conceptual mind-made identities that are ultimately fictions. It is therefore not surprising there is so much conflict in relationships. There is no true relationship.


~ Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth, Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Underneath


suffering seeds of winter
defy the frozen soil
soon the crystal beauty
of our prisons will be destroyed

Screaming Sky

A screaming comes across the sky. It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.


~ Thomas Pynchon 



Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Fulfillment


Unless we live fully right now, not sometime in the future, true fulfillment in life will forever elude us. Rather than putting things off until the future, we should find meaning in life, thinking and doing what is most important right now, right where we are—setting our hearts aflame and igniting our lives. Otherwise, we cannot lead an inspired existence.


~ Daisaku Ikeda

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Speak

I hope that you will always speak the truth boldly, saying what needs to be said no matter whom you're addressing. When it comes to championing a just cause, you must never be cowardly, never fawn, never try to curry favor.


~ Daisaku Ikeda



Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Drudgery



all jobs suck

please

before you die

do what you came here to do


Monday, February 6, 2012

Hope

Hope is not pretending that troubles don't exist. It is the trust that they will not last forever, that hurts will be healed and difficulties overcome. It is faith that a source of strength and renewal lies within to lead us through the dark to the sunshine.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Blackbird Fly


Take these broken wings
 and learn to fly
all your life
you were only waiting
 for this moment to arrive




Government


Government is a reflection of the people.

~ Ron Paul



Saturday, February 4, 2012

While We Live

Enjoy your time on Earth.

~ Murray


The 8 Winds

Worthy persons deserve to be called so because they are not carried away by the eight winds: prosperity, decline, disgrace, honor, praise, censure, suffering and pleasure. They are neither elated by prosperity or grieved by decline. The heavenly gods will surely protect the one who is unbending before the eight winds.


~ Nichiren Daishonin



Friday, February 3, 2012

Mantra


Act the way you want to feel. 

~ Liz

Fusion

Fuse with your own Buddha nature deep inside you and help others see theirs. Look to the future and guide your destiny with your prayers. When the Buddha arises from within, protection arises from without.

~ Ralph

Thursday, February 2, 2012

7

The only poetry left is the truth



Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Who You Are


Who you are today is not who you were yesterday.