There are spaces in the Heart as vast as the Universe, and who knows distances in this vastness...? I see you now. Take my hand and together we can make it. So when I am afraid I know you are there for me as I am for you. I am because you are. Akhenaten's Dream - Louis Alemayehu: Natural World (Environmental Justice)
There are a lot of people, when they look at the situation, the facts, the pollution, the economy, the militarism, the generation of yet more weapons, the extinction spasms of the species, of course, who wouldn’t be in despair? I mean, it seems like if you’re not, you’re out to lunch. But that’s not the whole story. We have to really not be afraid of feeling pain for our world– that we recognize that the anguish we feel for what is happening to our world is inevitable and normal and even healthy because how are we going to do the huge about-face that we need to do to create, out of the present disarray, an exquisite life-sustaining, life-respecting society unless we are ready to just galvanize everything? So pain is very useful. Just don’t be afraid of it. And recognize that the anguish, the horror even, that we can feel over the devastation that we read about or see or experience, that it’s okay to feel that. We’re tough. Because if we are afraid to feel that, we won’t feel where it comes from, and where it comes from is love– our love for this world. That’s what is going to pull us through. So know that the feelings of grief, anger, outrage that can come as you look at how this world is being trashed– and its people–that that pain is just the other side of love. And if you try to anesthetize yourself, then you numb your whole psyche and that is so boring and ineffective. So this is the time for ourselves to reach and expand into our full humanity, and in that humanity will be our anger and outrage, our imagination, our creativity, our laughter. We are going to come alive now, and we are. I call that The Great Turning. – Joanna Macy
Passion - Peter Gabriel, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Baaba Maal
A young boy meets first light from his village home near Jaisalmer, India. A showing of global images by Wendell Phillips in support of women and their children who have experienced relationship violence.
In a globalized world full of uncertainty and injustice "The Hunger Games and the Gospel" themes of resistance to oppression and hope for a better world echo the transformative way of life Jesus offered his followers. It is not worth gaining the world and losing your soul. There is no hope in that. Where hope is found in The Hunger Games is in the image of the dandelion in the spring – the image of rebirth that sustains life. The dandelion is the symbol that one need not trust the Capitol for one’s daily bread, that self-sacrificial love is better than revenge, and that goodness survives even destruction.
Search for Meaning Victor Frankl : Life holds a potential meaning under any conditions, even the most miserable ones. The salvation of man is through love and in love, that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire. I understood how a man who has nothing left in this world may still know bliss, be it only for a brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved. "And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might".
Bearing witness, Suffering With and Remembering: If one understands the why of one's existence, one will be able to cope with the how, no matter how impossible that would seem. Understanding the why simply means that people could find a meaning in their sufferings, and even probable death. The way they bear their suffering is a genuine inner achievement. It is this spiritual freedom - which cannot be taken away - that makes life meaningful and purposeful.
If you can listen to the wisdom of your body, love this flesh and bone, dedicate yourself to its mystery, you may one day find yourself smiling from your mirror. Marion Woodman, Dancing In The Flames
According to this theory, the autonomic nervous system has three branches: the sympathetic, parasympathetic, and social-engagement systems. Under stress, human beings first use the brain’s most sophisticated system, its relational tactics, as a survival strategy. If that fails, the fight-or-flight response kicks in. If that also fails, they end up in a state of immobility.
when people hear that they’re biologically programmed to go into freeze or shutdown when it becomes apparent that fight or flight aren’t going to work, they can forgive themselves for not fighting back or not doing enough or thinking ‘I should have done this or that’ in face of an accident or assault or anything like that,. It’s not a failing of character if you can’t manage those kinds of things; it’s your biology. If our instinctive impulses of fight, flight, or freeze, do not have the opportunity to be fully completed and integrated, the accumulated stress of holding these energies in our nervous system can result in diminished emotional and physical health. Given that the challenges of life often call us to confront questions of meaning and purpose, SE can also be helpful with spiritual issues. When given appropriate support, the natural language of the body has an amazing capacity to renegotiate threat and to enables us to feel more settled and connected, both to ourself and to others. Catherine Fallis, a Vancouver movement therapist who specializes in “somatic experiencing”, a body-awareness approach to trauma-healing.
فروغی بسطامی (غزلیات) مردان خدا پردهی پندار دریدند یعنی همه جا غیر خدا یار ندیدند هر دست که دادند از آن دست گرفتند هر نکته که گفتند همان نکته شنیدند یک طایفه را بهر مکافات سرشتند یک سلسله را بهر ملاقات گزیدند یک فرقه به عشرت در کاشانه گشادند یک زمره به حسرت سر انگشت گزیدند جمعی به در پیر خرابات خرابند قومی به بر شیخ مناجات مریدند یک جمع نکوشیده رسیدند به مقصد یک قوم دویدند و به مقصد نرسیدند فریاد که در رهگذر آدم خاکی بس دانه فشاندند و بسی دام تنیدند همت طلب از باطن پیران سحرخیز
I use the words you taught me. If they don't mean anything any more, teach me others. Or let me be silent. Samuel Beckett, Endgame.
The Gift of Music "There are no medications that can bring back the past, deepen relationships, increase quality of life, and nourish the heart, mind, body, and soul; but music therapy can and does" Dennis Castle
Listening to music is amongst the most rewarding experiences for humans. The pleasurable experience of listening to music releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain important for more tangible pleasures associated with rewards such as food, drugs and sex. The rewarding aspects of music listening are related to degree of emotional arousal. Emotion and Music
Rarely, in the far-flung places we travel, do we share the same language, religion or cultural outlook of those we wander among. We may live, literally, a world apart. Yet with the cry of a baby, or the curious blink of a child, such momentous barriers wash away. Suddenly, taxi drivers are inviting you home for dinner. We sit at kitchen tables, break bread, sing songs, inspect heirlooms and raise glasses, all with the constant awareness.
In the inherent good of exploring unfamiliar worlds, the road shapes and nourishes a child’s inquisitive soul and the shared experience, with all its uncertainties and challenges and enchantments, is like fertilizer for family bonds. When things fall apart on the road, as they often do, when we get royally ripped off, or the bus breaks down and the air conditioning fails, pause and take note of who is upset. Probably the parents. It is we who feel the need to control every detail of our day. And it is our kids, with Buddha-like acceptance, who remind us that such trivialities rarely matter.
We travel with our children because we want them to experience first-hand the beauty, sadness and infinite variety of the world. We hope to inoculate them against prejudice, imbue them with curiosity and nurture the practice of lifelong learning. To travel with kids is to be reminded of their infinite trust, and be humbled by their essential faith in the goodness of the world. Travel returns each of us, in a small measure, to a state of childhood. We look out upon the world from the same shore as our kids. And, in doing so, the distance between us shrinks, just a bit. Bruce Kirkby on joys and wonders of travelling with kids
1947- Going and Coming - by Norman Rockwell. Rockwell’s determined reaction to the ugly or unpleasant and his faith in human goodness: an America as it might have wished to see itself, not as it actually was.
Heidegger: Everything is functioning. That is precisely what is awesome, that everything functions, that the functioning propels everything more and more toward further functioning, and that technicity increasingly dislodges man and uproots him from the earth, "Only a God Can Save Us"
In great deeds something abides. On great fields something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear, but spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls. And reverent men and women from afar, and generations that know us not and that we know not of, shall come here to ponder and dream and the power of the vision pass into their souls. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. Albert Einstein
There are moments in life, when one’s silence would be wrong, and her speaking out becomes a human duty, a moral fight, a necessity – escaping from which would be equal to evading responsibility. Oriana Fallaci
Poeticlterature.com is a collection of diverse views and different critiques. The reader will find essays, thoughts, arguments, poems and quotations – each in its manner intending to aspire and encourage the reader’s curiosity and persuade him to consider the arguments presented herein with an open mind.
Tale of Tales - Yuriy Norshteyn : When sad and dramatic memories become Incredibly beautiful art.
We stand above the water - sun, cat, plane tree, me and our destiny. The water is cool, The plane tree is tall, The sun is shining, The cat is dozing, I write verses. Thank God, we live!..Tale of Tales by Nazım Hikmet
Ask yourself about every choice and that question is: "Is this honoring to myself and others?" When you choose to live with reverence in your heart and direct it toward those around you, that positive energy spreads to all your circles of influence and eventually your intention for harmony expands in consciousness of every human being. Every thought and every deed plants a new seed in the garden of our destiny. (Mark Clark Photo)
Treat all others as you wish to be treated yourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect. Refrain consistently and empathically from inflicting pain, or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others. The Charter for Compassion
Yoga is a way of moving into stillness, a way of listening inwardly and of being guided within in order to experience the truth of who you are.
Print on canvas of painter Tom Thompson. A pine tree isn’t just a pine tree, but a symbol of our ability to stand alone, and sway with the changing winds.
For I am both sides of a double door, the binary rhythm of space ; And the third beat, I am the movement of drums (from 'The Kaya-Magan' Léopold Sédar Senghor). Senghor lived his life trying to create a single one way door that all could share, and use his movement of drums for the good of all in trying to unite the people of Africa.
Between the iron gates of fate, the seeds of time were sown, and watered by the deeds of those who know and who are known; Knowledge is a deadly friend if no one sets the rules. The fate of all mankind I see is in the hands of fools. Yes I fear tomorrow I`ll be crying.In the Court of Crismon King (Epitaph)
I believe that when you commit to a life of service with an open heart you are the one that is being served. I have received more blessings, lessons, moments of pure bliss and absolute awe from living an awakened, involved life. Danielle Hoogenboom, a passionate and powerful voice for yoga, both on and off the mat.
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy. Max Ehrmann , Desiderata