Tuesday, September 28, 2010

October Quote - A Wee Bit Early

Youth is never left behind. It is forever carried gently in the heart.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

September Quote

While the world cheers those who 'do', it seldom takes notice of those who quietly 'become.'

Monday, August 30, 2010

August Quote

"The basic thing is that everyone wants happiness, no one wants suffering. And happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors. If your own mental attitude is correct, even if you remain in a hostile atmosphere, you feel happy."
~~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

July Quote

"He is a great simpleton who imagines that the chief power of wealth is to supply wants. In ninety-nine cases out of a hundred it creates more wants than it supplies."

~Benjamin Franklin

Monday, July 12, 2010

"Across the Universe"

Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup,
They slither while they pass, they slip away across the universe
Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my open mind,
Possessing and caressing me.
Jai guru deva
Nothing's gonna change my world,
Nothing's gonna change my world.

Images of broken light which dance before me like a million eyes,
That call me on and on across the universe,
Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter box they
Tumble blindly as they make their way
Across the universe
Jai guru deva
Nothing's gonna change my world,
Nothing's gonna change my world.

Sounds of laughter shades of earth are ringing
Through my open views inviting and inciting me
Limitless undying love which shines around me like a
Million suns, it calls me on and on
Across the universe
Jai guru deva
Nothing's gonna change my world,
Nothing's gonna change my world. ~~ Beatles

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

July Quote

"There is the path of wisdom and the path of ignorance. They are far apart and lead to different ends. . . Abiding in the midst of ignorance, thinking themselves wise and learned, fools go aimlessly hither and thither like the blind led by the blind. What lies beyond life shines not to those who are childish, or careless, or deluded by wealth."~~ the Katha Upanishad

Friday, June 4, 2010

June Quote

"To follow the path of wisdom has never been more urgent or more difficult. Our society is dedicated almost entirely to the celebration of ego, with all its sad fantasies about success and power, and it celebrates those very forces of greed and ignorance that are destroying the planet. It has never been more difficult to hear the unflattering voice of the truth, and never more difficult, once having heard it, to follow it: because there is nothing in the world around us that supports our choice, and the entire society in which we live seems to negate every idea of sacredness or eternal meaning. So at the time of our most acute danger, when our very future is in doubt, we as human beings find ourselves at our most bewildered, and trapped in a nightmare of our own creation." ~~Sogyal Rinpoche

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Chinese Proverb

"When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other."

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

May Quote

"Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old." ~~ Franz Kafka

Friday, April 16, 2010

Meditations Within and Without

A drippy day.

Lilac blossoms.

Milk and tea.

Quiet heart, meditative mind.

Rejoice in the Lord always.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April 1 - Vibrant Day

Beauty has many forms. Obvious and overlooked. In front of our faces and under our feet. Within us. Without us. It's everywhere.

To live a mindful life, to choose to see with eternity's eyes rather than the world's, this is my choice.

The more I learn of cultures far away the more I realize that the average American's life is so very utilitarian. Make money. Buy things. Make more money. Buy bigger, faster things. Make more money. Worry about all the money. Fix and insure all the things. Squeeze money from any source possible. Hoard, throw away, or sell cheap the old things then buy new things that will soon be hoarded, thrown away, or sold cheaply. And complain. All the time complain complain complain. Where is the beauty? Even children are rushed, pulled, shoved, exhausted, and exasperated.

The most heard complaints?

1. We are sooo busy.

2. We are sooo tired.

Is this really living? Or merely existing?

I find myself invigorated and comforted as well as amazed at the many forms of beauty in my life.

Simple things. Complicated things. Ordinary and special.

The hurry up and die life is not for me.

Savoring. That's the way I live.

Death will come soon enough. No need to hurry.

Today enjoy the vibrant day, the beauty. Slow down. Prioritize true quality over status quo, zestful living over expected plodding, loveliness over noise and toys, and lingering expressions of love over all.

Friday, January 29, 2010

January Promise

Energy vibrates. In people, flora, and fauna.

Stems shoot from winter's wet, dark soil.


Pups, kitties, squirrels, calves, lambs, children transcend lethargy. Bodies - tense with joyous excitement - exhibit expectation, wonder.

"Something is on the way, something living, growing!" As if cocked ears can hear the earth's creaking, snapping, whispering, whooshing awakening from slumber, stretching upward, outward.

Heels skip high, kick, change direction in mid-air, meet the ground in motion.

Unhurried, Earth awakens. She takes her sweet time. Each signal offered is met with greeting, understanding, anticipation. Beauty. Warmth. Color. Freedom from stuffy homes and bulky cold-weather clothing. Bare feet, straight garden rows, scents sent from heaven which delight noses. High sunshine. Elixir of life!

Yesteryears past dance in the forefront of memory.

Celebration begins in the hearts and minds of the aware. Cycles noticed, appreciated. Welcomed.

These are things that unify. Sameness. Equality.

Spring envelops everyone, everything in its time.

We are more alike than different. Seasonal cycles remind us so.

We do well to listen.