Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Shedding Skin


You change for two reasons:
either you learn enough that you want to,
or you've been hurt enough that you have to.
 
~ Unknown
 

Note To Self

 
I
AM
LETTING
GO
 
 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Lie

One seemingly small lie
 is enough to destroy everything.
 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Treasure

Even one extra day of life is worth more than ten million dollars in gold.

~ The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Why Things Happen

Things do not just happen; they have a purpose to mature one in one's life journey. Situations that come into one's life are not meant to just leave so that one can get back to where one was but instead to make one better and grow one stronger than one ever was.

~ Dr. Keith Nemec

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Love

 
Love is how you earn your wings.
 
~ Karen Goldman
 


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Safe & Sound

I'm coming back from where I've been
struggling
suffering
grieving
Happiness is a choice
and I know that
I heard this song in the gym yesterday and it made me feel better
It lifted my spirits and made me feel the love that is in my heart
no matter how bad it gets
no matter how dark it is
I couldn't leave that place until I could leave it
I still am
and it still hurts
But music heals
Great treasure that it is
What would our lives be without it?
You see
I love you
Each of you
May this fill your cup
 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Circle of Sorrow

This is the road
I never wanted to travel
broken
with nowhere to go
locked inside my emptiness

I see light shining
through holes in my cell
I feel rain on my metal skin
There's a few rivulets of beauty
here and there
but mostly
I'm sad

Black waves of pain
keep washing through me
and won't stop
It's not getting easier
I'm just becoming more numb
 
Pretending not to care
while something inside me dies
being strong
even while I cry
sitting here alone
questioning why I'm alive
 


NOvember

You've been saying yes
to so much crap
for so long
you don't even know
who you are anymore.
 
Quit screwing yourself over
with things and people
that aren't good for you.

It's a new month.
Start over.

Say

 


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013

What is Self?

 
Supreme
Exultant
Life
Force
 
Scintillating
Elastic
Lyrical
Friendship
 
Scientific
Effusive
Love
Fiesta
 
Spacious
Earthly
Laughing
Fascination
 
Sumptuous
Enigmatic
Liquid
Feedback
 
Seductive
Electric
Lunar
Forest
 
Stimulating
Endothermic
Levitation
Factory
 
Swift
Eloquent
Lofty
Falcon
 
Stepwise
Emergent
Lighthearted
Flavor
 
Singing
Ecological
Linguistic
Footwork
 
Seafaring
Endogenous
Libertarian
Flyer
 
Sturdy
Ethical
Longstanding
Freedom
 
Sexy
Eatable
Lucid
Frontier
 
Scrumptious
Educational
Luminescent
Flow
 
Scenic
Ebullient
Leaderless
Fish
 
Scandinavia
Egypt
Laos
Fiji
 
Strong
Energizing
Lush
Frequency
 
Sacred
Eccentric
Luxurious
Fluidity
 
Sunny
Encouraging
Limitless
Fun
 
Secret
Eerie
Lava
Farm
 
Snake
Eagle
Locust
Frog
 
Silvery
Erudite
Lustrous
Fortune
 
Semiarid
Ecstatic
Logical
Fermentation

Successful
Efficacious
Labor
Formula

Sensitive
Elegant
Loyal
Fusion

Staccato
Ethereal
Legato
Fuel


Smiling
Engaging
Lifelong
Faith
  
Smart
Enthralling
Lucky
Future

Sovereign
Entity
Living
Forever
 
 
 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Angel

Every man contemplates an angel
 in his future self.
 
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Anguish


But when I was silent and still,
not even saying anything good,
my anguish increased.
My heart grew hot within me,
and as I meditated,
the fire burned.
 
~ Psalm 39:2-3

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Aeschylus

 
He who learns must suffer.
And even in our sleep
pain that cannot forget
falls drop by drop upon the heart,
and in our own despair,
against our will,
comes wisdom to us
by the awful grace of God.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Love

Love comes when it does and creates a new world.
When it's done, it destroys you and leaves.
 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Traveler's Note


If you want world peace, you're on the wrong world. Next time choose a planet where peace has already been established before going there.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Lessons

 
It appears that some lifetimes are spent learning what not to do.
 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Potter



And the cup he brings,
though it burn your lips,
has been fashioned of the clay
which the Potter has moistened
 with His own sacred tears.
 
~ Kahlil Gibran


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Dawn

I can see the dawn of the better day for humanity. The people are awakening. In due time they will and must come to their own.

~ Eugene Debs

Friday, October 4, 2013

Self-Acceptance



Refuse to be in an adversarial relationship with yourself.

Be on your own side.

Choose to value yourself.

Treat yourself with respect.

Stand up for your right to exist.

Think what you think.

Feel what you feel.

Desire what you desire.

Accept that you have done what you have done.

You are what you are.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A Message From The Top

My spiritual government never shuts down.


Monday, September 30, 2013

What if



What if
my fear
of losing you
is really just a fear
of discovering myself?


This is love

This is love:
to fly toward a secret sky,
to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.
First to let go of life.
Finally, to take a step without feet.
 
~ Rumi


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Creation

 
It is a beautiful and mysterious world.
 
 
Clues to the meaning of life
are embodied in natural things.
 
 
Everyday life is inextricable
from spiritual significance and encounter.
 
 
~ Inspired by Paul Shepard, Nature and Madness
 
 
 


The Expanded Self


If the self is expanded to include the natural world, behavior leading to destruction of this world will be experienced as self destruction.

~ Theodore Roszak

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Will


Will you take a step forward, or will you be content to stay where you are now? Everything in your life is determined by that.

~ Daisaku Ikeda

Monday, September 23, 2013

A New Light

If people refuse to look at you in a new light and they can only see you for what you were, only see you for the mistakes you've made, if they don't realize that you are not your mistakes, then they have to go.

~ Steve Maraboli

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Selfhood

 
There's no need to be something I'm not.
 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Nadir

42.5
the anti-birthday
honoring lowest point
I start my climb
back to the zenith


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Friendship


Friendship is an equal relationship in which both people objectively consider what is best for the other, supporting the other person in what will make him or her happy.

~ Jan Spiller

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The mission of your life

 
The mission of your life is to enjoy
every single moment of your life.
 
~ The Fifth Agreement
 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Truth is an Energy


"Truth is an energy, not a personal opinion; it cannot be reached with two concepts struggling against each other to be "right." The energy of Truth is accessed through two people who are being open to each other's ideas and wanting to find Truth together."

~ Jan Spiller, Astrology for the Soul

The same could be said of nations, and I wish this would be the principle that guides our relations with other countries. Many international and diplomatic problems exist because we're not open to each other's ideas and don't want to find the truth. We're not working together. We're working against each other. We are lying to ourselves that we're not lying to others, and accusing others that they are lying to us. Who is going to step forward and say, "Hey, let's make a new agreement. I will be honest with you if you are honest with me, and if you lie to me, I will still be honest with you because I don't need to be right, I need to be in truth because I want a better world for all of us -- you, me, your country and mine. Let's agree to drop all the lies and live in integrity. Let's stop fighting each other and find ways to help each other to make the world beautiful, awesome and cool."

Is this not one of the many gifts that defines the essence of being human? Why would we be here if not to bring it forth and put it to use?

"For centuries, even millennia, humans have believed that a conflict exists in the human mind -- a conflict between good and evil. But this isn't true. Good and evil are just the result of the conflict, because the real conflict is between truth and lies. Perhaps we should say that all conflict is the result of lies, because the truth has no conflict at all."

~ Don Miguel Ruiz & Don Jose Ruiz, The Fifth Agreement





 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Chinese Proverb


The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.
 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

It's Never Wrong


It's never wrong to love someone.
 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Syria & The Red Line

The US government supported Saddam Hussein while he used chemical weapons against Iran. They knew Saddam was killing people with poison gas and didn't care. Now they're crying wolf again, trying to sell a story about Syria that's been fabricated to cover up the fact that they have zero hard evidence to prove their case.

The real objective is to draw Iran into the fight by messing with Syria, so the US can attack Iran and further control world oil supply and protect the petro-dollar.

Obama and the media keep referring to an imaginary red line that's been crossed and that they somehow are the self-anointed punishers of those who cross it.  I call bullshit. The only "red line" that's been crossed is the United States' consistent historical failure to act in a decent and moral way toward the dignity and sovereignty of other nations and their people.

I'm sick of it.

I love you, America, but you suck.

What we permit will remain in existence


 

Hypocracy


Funny isn't it, how they require FBI background checks to buy a deer rifle in the States, but if you're a foreign jihadist trying to overthrow a government that Washington isn't on good terms with, they'll send you rocket launchers and heavy artillery, no questions asked.

- Storm Clouds Gathering

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

America


 America:
a great land of good people
controlled by a deceptive and treacherous government
held hostage by nefarious bankers.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Two Questions

The question I'm asking myself is, "What did I do today to make the world a better place?" Answer: I wrote an email to the Whitehouse expressing my opposition to US military action in Syria. As a follow-up I've asked myself, "Does my sense of right and wrong approve of the action I've taken?" Answer: Yes.

Regardless of the circumstances I'm facing, I feel like these two questions are useful guidelines by which to live my life on a daily basis. I share them with the hope they are helpful to others as well, and because I believe we can make the world a better place.

There's a saying: "If it is to be, it begins with me." My thoughts and prayers are with each person who reads this. You are a beautiful, powerful human being, capable of changing the world. I challenge you to take an action that proves it.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

विश्वास

 
Believe nothing on the faith of traditions,
even though they have been held in honor
for many generations and in diverse places.
 
Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it.
 
Do not believe on the faith of the sages of the past.
 
Do not believe what you yourself have imagined,
persuading yourself that a God inspires you.
 
Believe nothing on the sole authority
 of your masters and priests.
 
After examination, believe what you yourself have tested
and found to be reasonable,
 and conform your conduct thereto.
 
~ Buddha

Monday, August 19, 2013

свобода

All people have the right to go the way they have chosen themselves, without anybody imposing his will on them from outside.

~ Mikhail Gorbachev
 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Science & Religion


Not that anybody asked, but I object to religion in science classrooms not because it's religion, but because it's not science.

~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The source

The source of all our mistakes is fear.
 
 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Go

 
Go where you are celebrated, not tolerated.
 
 

Friday, August 9, 2013

The Flow

 
Sometimes to be in the flow
 is for nothing to be flowing at all.

~ Chris Bourne
 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

What Matters


Very few of us get to the ends of our lives and say, "I wish I stayed angry longer." We generally say one of the following: I love you. I forgive you. I'm sorry. If that's likely what you'll feel when you realize time is running out, why not express it now, while you can still enjoy the peace it will give you?

~ Lori Deschene

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

You Need To Know

On June 16, 1918, Eugene Debs made a speech in Canton, Ohio in opposition to World War I and was arrested under the Espionage Act of 1917. He was convicted, sentenced to serve ten years in prison and disenfranchised for life. Debs appealed his conviction to the Supreme Court. In its ruling on Debs v. United States, the court examined several statements Debs had made regarding World War I. While Debs had carefully guarded his speeches in an attempt to comply with the Espionage Act, the Court found he still had the intention and effect of obstructing the draft and recruitment for the war. Below is the excerpt from his speech detailing his opposition to World War 1:

"Wars throughout history have been waged for conquest and plunder. In the Middle Ages when the feudal lords who inhabited the castles whose towers may still be seen along the Rhine concluded to enlarge their domains, to increase their power, their prestige and their wealth they declared war upon one another. But they themselves did not go to war any more than the modern feudal lords, the barons of Wall Street go to war.

The feudal barons of the Middle Ages, the economic predecessors of the capitalists of our day, declared all wars. And their miserable serfs fought all the battles. The poor, ignorant serfs had been taught to revere their masters; to believe that when their masters declared war upon one another, it was their patriotic duty to fall upon one another and to cut one another’s throats for the profit and glory of the lords and barons who held them in contempt. And that is war in a nutshell. The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and all to lose–especially their lives.

They have always taught and trained you to believe it to be your patriotic duty to go to war and to have yourselves slaughtered at their command. But in all the history of the world you, the people, have never had a voice in declaring war, and strange as it certainly appears, no war by any nation in any age has ever been declared by the people.

And here let me emphasize the fact–and it cannot be repeated too often–that the working class who fight all the battles, the working class who make the supreme sacrifices, the working class who freely shed their blood and furnish the corpses, have never yet had a voice in either declaring war or making peace. It is the ruling class that invariably does both. They alone declare war and they alone make peace. Yours not to reason why; Yours but to do and die. That is their motto and we object on the part of the awakening workers of this nation. If war is right let it be declared by the people. You who have your lives to lose, you certainly above all others have the right to decide the momentous issue of war or peace….

You need at this time especially to know that you are fit for something better than slavery and cannon fodder. You need to know that you were not created to work and produce and impoverish yourself to enrich an idle exploiter. You need to know that you have a mind to improve, a soul to develop, and a manhood to sustain….

They are continually talking about your patriotic duty. It is not their but your patriotic duty that they are concerned about. There is a decided difference. Their patriotic duty never takes them to the firing line or chucks them into the trenches. And now among other things they are urging you to “cultivate” war gardens, while at the same time a government war report just issued shows that practically 52 percent of the arable, tillable soil is held out of use by the landlords, speculators and profiteers. They themselves do not cultivate the soil. Nor do they allow others to cultivate it. They keep it idle to enrich themselves, to pocket the millions of dollars of unearned increment….

And now for all of us to do our duty! The clarion call is ringing in our ears and we cannot falter without being convicted of treason to ourselves and to our great cause.

Do not worry over the charge of treason to your masters, but be concerned about the treason that involves yourselves. Be true to yourself and you cannot be a traitor to any good cause on earth."

~ Prose Before Hos

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Mountain

If you cross one more mountain of hardships, you will find indestructible happiness then and there.
 
~ Josei Toda