Friday, August 29, 2014

Together

If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.

~ African Proverb

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Invisible Work

Because no one could ever praise me enough,
because I don't mean these poems only
but the unseen
unbelievable effort it takes to live
the life that goes on between them,
I think all the time about invisible work.
About the young mother on Welfare
I interviewed years ago,
who said, "It's hard.
You bring him to the park,
run rings around yourself keeping him safe,
cut hot dogs into bite-sized pieces fro dinner,
and there's no one
to say what a good job you're doing,
how you were patient and loving
for the thousandth time even though you had a headache."
And I, who am used to feeling sorry for myself
because I am lonely,
when all the while,
as the Chippewa poem says, I am being carried
by great winds across the sky,
thought of the invisible work that stitches up the world day and night,
the slow, unglamorous work of healing,
the way worms in the garden
tunnel ceaselessly so the earth can breathe
and bees ransack this world into being,
while owls and poets stalk shadows,
our loneliest labors under the moon.

There are mothers
for everything, and the sea
is a mother too,
whispering and whispering to us
long after we have stopped listening.
I stopped and let myself lean
a moment, against the blue
shoulder of the air. The work
of my heart
is the work of the world's heart.
There is no other art.

~ Alison Luterman

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Miracle of Love

The miracle of love comes to you
in the presence of the uninterpreted moment.
If you are mentally somewhere else,
you miss real life.

~ Byron Katie

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Happiness

When you discover that all happiness is inside of you,
the wanting and needing are over, and life gets very exciting.

~ Byron Katie

Monday, August 25, 2014

Love's Light


May light be your anchor and may love be your guide.

May you rest in the healing hands that surround you, 
letting them carry and hold you, today and always.

May you stay close to the vital flame within you, 
letting it sustain your spirit and your strength.

May you open to the energy that illumines the entire world, 
letting it nourish your body, mind and beautiful heart. 

May you rest in love's light. May you shine.

~ C. C.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Rejoice Evermore

You mustn’t wish for another life. 
You mustn’t want to be somebody else. 

What you must do is this:
Rejoice evermore.
Pray without ceasing.
In everything give thanks.

I am not all the way capable of so much, 
but those are the right instructions.

~ Wendell Berry

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Change

Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be.

~ BKS Iyengar