Monday, October 27, 2014

Oliver Wendell Holmes on Home

Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Deng Ming-Dao on Transformation


You hurt me years ago,
My wounds bled for years,
Now you are back,
But I am not the same

In the past, warriors fought by striking the same point that accupuncturists use.  One famous swordsman nearly died in a duel in which his opponent attacked him in such a way. After that the swordsman became a wanderer and tried to renounce the martial life.  Years later, his enemy found him and challenged him to a duel again. They fought. In the first flurry of blows, the aggressor stepped back in surprise. The swordsman smiled and said, "I trained for twenty years to move my vulnerable spots." With that, he was finally able to triumph.

Spirituality is a process of inner healing. The wounds of the past can be the greatest obstacles for self-cultivation unless we find them all and heal them. The task can take years, but we must accomplish it.

In many cases, our wounds were inflicted by other people - enemies. This is subtle. Our enemies can be others on the street, or people much more intimate with us: parents, teachers, siblings, lovers, friends.

If we move away from such people, and succeed in our practice, they will have no chance to come back in our lives. How can they? We change whatever made us vulnerable in the first place.

Deng Ming-Dao
365 Tao Daily Meditations
Day 290, Northern Hemisphere
©1992 Deng Ming-Dao, Harper San Francisco

Marianne Williamson on Transcendence

...something very beautiful happens to people when their world has fallen apart: a humility, an nobility, a higher intelligence emerges at just the point when our knees hit the floor.

Marianne Williamson

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Song Lyric Wisdom: I Won't Give Up

I Won't Give Up

When I look into your eyes
It's like watching the night sky
Or a beautiful sunrise
There's so much they hold
And just like them old stars
I see that you've come so far
To be right where you are
How old is your soul?

Well, I won't give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I'm giving you all my love
I'm still looking up

And when you're needing your space
to do some navigating
I'll be here patiently waiting
To see what you find

'Cause even the stars they burn
Some even fall to the earth
We've got a lot to learn
God knows we're worth it
No! I won't give up

I don't wanna be someone who walks away so easily
I'm here to stay and make the difference that I can make
Our differences they do a lot to teach us how to use the tools and gifts
We got yeah we got a lot at stake
And in the end, you're still my friend at least we did intend
For us to work we didn't break, we didn't burn
We had to learn, how to bend without the world caving in
I had to learn what I got, and what I'm not
And who I am

I won't give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I'm giving you all my love
I'm still looking up
Still looking up

I won't give up (No I'm not) on us (Giving up)
God knows I'm tough enough (I am tough) (I am loved)
We got a lot (We're alive) to learn (We are loved)
God knows we're worth it (And we're worth it)

I won't give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I'm giving you all my love
I'm still looking up

Jason Mraz and Michael Natter
Words and Music
©2012 Bill Silva Management

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Jay Asher on Living

You can't stop the future
You can't rewind the past
The only way to learn the secret... is to press play.

Jay Asher

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