Tuesday, September 29, 2009

not frosting

What if imagination and art are not frosting at all, but the fountainhead of human experience?

-Rollo May

Monday, September 28, 2009

hardware

the ocean

Each moment is already here in all its fullness, waiting for us to immerse ourselves in its sometimes muddy, but always restorative, waters. Only when we begin to fully inhabit our own moments, it seems to me, can we be of real use to those who seek our help. For whatever presenting sorrows (others) may bring to us, they, too, hope to glimpse a little more of the ocean.

-Jerome Front

listening

"...a training in the art of listening, which begins in silence, develops in attentiveness, and is perfected in communication."

-Hugh Feiss, a Benedictine monk

carpet

Sunday, September 27, 2009

all vows

Before darkness falls, marking the official beginning of the 10th day of Tishrei which is Yom Kippur, in every synagogue in the world a haunting melody is sang—Kol Nidrei. Kol Nidrei means "All Vows" and its classic text, repeated three times, each time louder, is a renunciation of all oaths and vows. It seems strange to begin the holiest day of the year—the day which we spend asking G-d to forgive us for all transgressions—by breaking former promises. But Kol Nidrei is not that. Kol Nidrei is the process through which we enter the holiest day of the year. A neder is not just the vow/promise that you vocalize to another person, it is a word that denotes all commitments, attachments, and ties that bind you. By renouncing "all vows" you are declaring your commitment to break the bonds that keep you from traveling on the journey within, that keep you from opening yourself to the Yom Kippur experience. Obviously, this does not mean forsaking healthy commitments and responsibilities—it means forsaking those attachments that limit you, that entangle and entrap you. That is the essential focus of Kol Nidrei. It is a perfect prayer to begin Yom Kippur with because unless you free yourself from such traps you cannot travel inward; with a ball and chain attached to you, you are not going to be able to get anywhere. Kol Nidrei is repeated three times to relate to vows in speech, vows in deed, and vows in thought:

All vows and things we have made forbidden on ourselves... we regret having made them, may they all be permitted, forgiven, eradicated, and nullified, and may they not be valid or exist any longer. Our vows shall no longer be vows, and our prohibitions shall no longer be prohibited, and our oaths are no longer oaths.


-from meaningful life

Friday, September 25, 2009

red

Love After Love

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

-Derek Walcott

drive-by

warmth

Are you feeling the warmth of the mother flame?

-from meaningful life

white

return

"...all things however they flourish turn and go home to the root from which they sprang. This reversion to the root is called calmness, it is recognition of necessity, that which is called unchanging means enlightenment, not knowing it means going blindly to disaster."

-Tao te Ching

Thursday, September 24, 2009

misty valley

love

And love will simply have no choice but to go into battle with space and time, and furthermore, to win.

-James Baldwin

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

green

resolution

Every problem teaches us how to resolve it. If we can't see the solution, than we're not ready for it.

- Karen Casey

Monday, September 21, 2009

garden rainbow

Sunday, September 20, 2009

eternal

Genius is eternal patience.

-Michelangelo

Thursday, September 17, 2009

skyblue

Monday, September 14, 2009

honey

cupboard

prayer

Oh, grant me my prayer that I may never lose the touch of the one in the play of many.

-Rabindranath Tagore

Friday, September 11, 2009

wind & rain

wanting

Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.

-Kurt Cobain

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

fall window

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

discipline

My father taught me that only through self discipline can you achieve freedom. Pour water into a cup and you can drink. Without the cup, the water would splash over. The cup is discipline.

-Ricardo Montalban

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Baltimore

Saturday, September 05, 2009

red basil

taking refuge

At every stage of our spiritual/religious life there is the possibility of some "crime" (relative to our unique potential) and there is a safe place where we can take refuge to safely undergo self-examination and endeavor to make atonement.

-meaningful life

red steps

Thursday, September 03, 2009

magnifying

The sun and the moon are reflected in clear, still water instantly. Similarly, the blessings of all the buddhas are always present for those who have complete confidence in them. The sun’s rays fall everywhere uniformly, but only where they are focused through a magnifying glass can they set dry grass on fire. When the all-pervading rays of the Buddha’s compassion are focused through the magnifying glass of your faith and devotion, the flame of blessings blazes up in your being.

-DILGO KHYENTSE RINPOCHE

milk

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

journalism

Memory is the personal journalism of the soul.

-Richard Schickel