Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house. 
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness, 
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

-Jelaluddin Rumi (translation by Coleman Barks)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

lockers


traditional

Over the past thirty years hand grenades, tanks, fighter jets, missiles, helicopters, and assault rifles have replaced traditional floral patterns in rug making and other textiles. Depicting these realities of war has helped the Afghan people to survive during times of conflict. 

-Henri Cole

Friday, August 08, 2014

come and go

...in the new there should be a window through which we come and go as we please without opening a vein. 

- Mark McKee

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

wild

The silence holds with its gloved hand the wild hawk of the mind.

-R S Thomas

Central Park


Friday, August 01, 2014

myth

We are the children of this beautiful planet. We were not delivered into it by some god, but have come forth from it. We are its eyes and mind, its seeing and its thinking. And the earth, together with its sun, came forth, we are told, from a nebula; and that nebula, in turn, from space. No wonder, then, if its laws and our laws are the same. Likewise our depths are the depths of space. ... We can no longer hold our loves at home and project our aggressions elsewhere; for on this spaceship Earth there is no 'elsewhere' any more. And no mythology that continues to speak or teach of 'elsewheres' and 'outsiders' meets the requirements of this hour.

 - Joseph Campbell

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

artscape 3


grace

The winds of grace are blowing all the time.
You have only to raise your sail.

-Sri Ramakrishna

Sunday, July 27, 2014

paradox

“Paradox” comes from two Greek words: para doksos, meaning beyond the teaching or beyond the opinion. A paradox emerges when you’ve started to reconcile seeming contradictions, consciously or unconsciously. Paradox is the ability to live with contradictions without making them mutually exclusive, realizing they can often be both/and instead of either/or. 

Richard Rohr