Sunday, August 31, 2014

Tara Brach on The Spiritual Path

The great gift of a spiritual path is coming to trust that you can find a way to true refuge. You realize that you can start right where you are, in the midst of your life, and find peace in any circumstance. Even at those moments when the ground shakes terribly beneath you—when there’s a loss that will alter your life forever—you can still trust that you will find your way home. This is possible because you’ve touched the timeless love and awareness that are intrinsic to who you are.

Tara Brach

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

James Baldwin on Change

Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.

James Baldwin

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Jimmy Fallon on Paradigms

Thank you, 13 year-old female pitcher Mo'ne Davis, for being the breakout star of the Little League World Series, and showing the world that throwing like a girl can actually be a good thing...RIGHT DAD?! 

Jimmy Fallon
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Thank You Letters
Friday, August 22, 2014
Broadway Video

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Rehab Time on Focus

It's not the distractions that matter, it's what you choose to give your attention to that does. Guard your focus.

Rehab Time Organization

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Song Lyric Wisdom: All Along the Watchtower

All Along the Watchtower

“There must be some way out of here,” said the joker to the thief
“There’s too much confusion, I can’t get no relief
Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth
None of them along the line know what any of it is worth”

“No reason to get excited,” the thief, he kindly spoke
“There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke
But you and I, we’ve been through that, and this is not our fate
So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late”

All along the watchtower, princes kept the view
While all the women came and went, barefoot servants, too

Outside in the distance a wildcat did growl
Two riders were approaching, the wind began to howl

Bob Dylan
Music and Lyrics
©1968 by Dwarf Music; renewed 1996 by Dwarf Music 


Friday, August 22, 2014

Deng Ming-Dao on Poetry


Anything is a subject for a poem:
A catalog of boxing equipment, a collage of other poems,
Serpentine trail of incense, raised deer fur, old shoes pointed pigeon-toed,
Glass and steel cityscape, almond eyes of a saint, weeping of tiny flowers,
Sunlight on whitewashed walls, blue shadows of stooped women,
A sprung mousetrap, a trickle of blood in the gutter,
The homing swoop of a gull, chill whitecapped bay, scent of a eucalyptus,
Green lawn of broken blades, clods of fat earth,
Anything is subject for a poem.

Even in sleep, write a poem.
When waking, write a poem.
While loving, write a poem.
Even voting, write a poem.
When angry, write a poem.
While dreaming, write a poem.

Deng Ming-Dao
365 Tao, Day 216
©1992 Deng Ming-Dao, Harper San Francisco

Wise Words: Accidental Artistry

kintsukuroi, origin: Japanese; pron. kin-tsU-kU-roy (n.) (v.phr) "to repair with gold"; the art of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken

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Maya Angelou on Discretion

Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.

Maya Angelou


Daily Show Wisdom

Kids do have to learn that life is a humiliating charade of endless disappointment and tragedy, ultimately culminating in pain, decay, and death. My parents used to sing me to sleep with that one.

Samantha Bee
The Daily Show, June 22, 2005
Comedy Central

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

John Muir on Mindfulness

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.

John Muir
 My First Summer in the Sierra , 1911, page 110 


Friday, August 15, 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Ingredients

Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So that we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That's kinda cool! That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe, we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us.
Neil deGrasse Tyson

Twitter Wisdom

I hate it when I think I'm buying ORGANIC vegetables, but when I get home, I discover they are just REGULAR donuts.

Robin McCauley
on twitter


Song Lyric Wisdom: Woodstock


I came upon a child of God
He was walking along the road
And I asked him where are you going
And this he told me
I'm going on down to Yasgur's farm
I'm going to join in a rock 'n' roll band
I'm going to camp out on the land
I'm going to try an' get my soul free

We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

Then can I walk beside you
I have come here to lose the smog
And I feel to be a cog in something turning
Well maybe it is just the time of year
Or maybe it's the time of man
I don't know who I am
But you know life is for learning

We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

By the time we got to Woodstock
We were half a million strong
And everywhere there was song and celebration
And I dreamed I saw the bombers
Riding shotgun in the sky
And they were turning into butterflies
Above our nation

We are stardust
Billion year old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devil's bargain
And we've got to get ourselves
back to the garden

Woodstock, August 15th, 16th, and 17th, 1969  

Joni Mitchell
1969, ©Siquomb Publishing Company


Monday, August 11, 2014

Longmire Wisdom

Stay calm.
Have courage.
And, wait for signs.

Craig Johnson
Longmire Mysteries
As the Crow Flies
©2012, Craig Johnson

Robin Williams on Empowerment

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.

Robin Williams.


Thank you and farewell.

John Lubbock on Rest

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. 

John Lubbock

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Kat Lehman on Being

You are not the words used to describe you. You are not the expectation of who you might be. You are not the actions of those around you. You are not the things you cannot change.

You are an energy. You exist in this moment, beautiful and complete. You are part of this planet and its atmosphere. You are a child of the stars. Take in what is good and you will release good in return. You are the truest touchstone of yourself. Cherish your center and remember who you are. 

Kat Lehman


Sunday, August 10, 2014

John Lennon on Resonance

I'm singing about me and my life, you know? And if it's relevant for other people's lives, that's all right. 

John Lennon
Imagine, 1988
Warner Bros.

John Lennon's conversation with a homeless man living on his property who thought John was writing his songs for him. Blunt, but kind, John invited the man in for breakfast after rattling the man briefly back into reality.


Friday, August 8, 2014

Thích Nhất Hạnh on Comfort Zones

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.

Thích Nhất Hạnh

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Toni Morrison on Letting Go

You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.

Toni Morrison

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