Wednesday, February 24, 2010

real devotion

Just as Buddha said that of all the buddhas who attained enlightenment, not one accomplished it without relying on the master, he also said: “It is only through devotion, and devotion alone, that you will realize the absolute truth.”

So then, it is essential to know what real devotion is. It is not mindless adoration; it is not abdication of your responsibility to yourself, nor indiscriminately following of another’s personality or whim. Real devotion is an unbroken receptivity to the truth. Real devotion is rooted in an awed and reverent gratitude, but one that is lucid, grounded, and intelligent.


- a glimpse

night light

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

infinite

If the doors of perception were cleansed
Everything would appear . . . as it is, infinite.

-William Blake

Sunday, February 21, 2010

dusk

Friday, February 19, 2010

couscous

Thursday, February 18, 2010

non-effort

Pray - period! Don't expect anything. Or better, expect nothing. Prayer cleanses us of expectations and allows holy will, providence, and life itself an entry. What could be more worth the effort or the non-effort?

-Thomas Moore

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

detail

daffodils

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

the dance

To be alive in this beautiful, self-organizing universe - to participate in the dance of life with senses to perceive it, lungs that breathe it, organs that draw nourishment from it - is a wonder beyond words.

- Joanna Macy

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy <3 Day!

wise silence

Within us is the soul of the whole, the wise silence, the universal beauty, the eternal One.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, February 13, 2010

shopping carts


before breakfast

"One can't believe impossible things," Alice said. "I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

-Lewis Carroll

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

scissors

leap

All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.

-Henry Miller

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

kumquats

Monday, February 08, 2010

no reason

The first question I ask myself when something doesn't seem to be beautiful is why do I think it's not beautiful? And very shortly you discover that there is no reason.

- John Cage

Saturday, February 06, 2010

later

in the storm

tree in the storm

window

Anochi

The Ten Commandments – begins with an unusual four-letter word: Anochi. The word means “I,” referring to G-d – I the Lord Your G-d took you out of Egypt…” But “ani” is the common Hebrew pronoun for “I.” Explains the Talmud (Shabbat 105a), that Anochi is an acronym for Ana Nafshi Ketovit Yehovit. Simply translated: I Myself wrote [these words and] gave [them to you]. But on closer inspection the actual translation is far more intriguing: I wrote down My very Soul and gave it to you. Or more poetically: My Soul is inscribed in these words that I gave you.

from a meaningful life

Thursday, February 04, 2010

cafe

again

Over and over, we begin again.

-Banana Yoshimoto

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

play

Monday, February 01, 2010

picking and choosing

The great way is not difficult, it just avoids picking and choosing.

-John Tarrant Roshi

winter storm



not afraid anymore

Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore.

-Cesar Chavez

not afraid

You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore.

-Cesar Chavez