Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Where We Started

We shall not cease from exploration 
And the end of all our exploring 
Will be to arrive where we started 
And know the place for the first time. 
Through the unknown, unremembered gate 
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning; 
At the source of the longest river 
The voice of the hidden waterfall 
And the children in the apple-tree 
Not known, because not looked for 
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness 
Between two waves of the sea. 
Quick now, here, now, always— 
A condition of complete simplicity 
(Costing not less than everything) 
And all shall be well and 
All manner of thing shall be well 
When the tongues of flame are in-folded 
Into the crowned knot of fire 
And the fire and the rose are one.

~ T. S. Eliot

Monday, July 28, 2014

Incandescent Power

Think of yourself as an incandescent power, 
illuminated and perhaps forever talked to 
by God and his messengers.

~ Brenda Ueland

Friday, July 25, 2014

Full Rush of Energy

The goal is to live with godlike composure 
on the full rush of energy, like Dionysus 
riding the leopard without being torn to pieces.

~ Joseph Campbell

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Grace

Life is going to unfold however it does. What a relief it would be to know that whatever wave comes along, we can ride it out with grace. If we really got good at it, we could be like surfers, delighting especially at the most complicated waves.

~ Sylvia Boorstein

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Last Night As I Was Sleeping

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt marvelous error! -
that a spring was breaking
out in my heart.
I said: Along which secret aqueduct,
Oh water, are you coming to me,
water of a new life
that I have never drunk?

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt - marvelous error! -
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt - marvelous error! -
that a fiery sun was giving
light inside my heart.
It was fiery because I felt
warmth as from a hearth,
and sun because it gave light
and brought tears to my eyes.

Last night as I slept,
I dreamt - marvelous error! - 
that it was God I had
here inside my heart.

~ Antonio Machado

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Roots

Whatever you have to say, leave
the roots on, let them
dangle

And the dirt

Just to make clear
where they come from.

~ Charles Olson

Monday, July 21, 2014

Heart

When I was about six years old, I received the essential bodhicitta teaching from an old woman sitting in the sun. I was walking by her house one day, feeling lonely and unloved and mad, kicking anything I could find. Laughing, she said to me, "Little girl, don't you go letting life harden your heart."

Right there I received this ptih instruction: We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder and more open to what scares us. We always have this choice.

~ Pema Chodron