Now is where the past has guided our feet. And now is where the future opens up. No matter how bad one's personal circumstances, or how grim the historical circumstances of an existing age choose to be gentle with yourself; be gentle with the other, and respond to the yearning to be more, to love more, to shape our lives through conscious choice. Bruce Sanguin
Love is not just a feeling, it's an action too; emotional energies naturally become action if we follow them through. Being willing to face our fear gives us courage to move. Expressing our anger all the way brings us to forgiveness. Truly releasing into sadness we find the ability to surrender totally to life. Being full of joy we become naturally generous. And compassion simply is service. This is our map of loving: love is courageous, forgiving, surrendered, and generously in service.
So here is our practice: to move through our emotional world deeply enough to not only feel love but to be loving, to open up the pathways from fear to love in movement, so that our feeling becomes an offering to the world around us. Tao of Loving with Adam Barley
O Morning bird, sadly sing and remind me Of my pain afresh with a burning sigh Break this cage and turn it upside down Wing tied nightingale, leave the corner of this cage. Compose the song of freedom for the mankind And with a breath, set fire to the battlefield Of the mass of this earth The cruelty of tyrants and the injustice of huntsmen Have broken my nest to the winds O God, O turning globe, O nature Turn our dark night into dawn.
Concentration. Empty your mind. Let the rest of the world go by. Hold your breath. Close your eyes. Rocks and stones. Broken bones. Everything eventually comes crawling home. In the night. Laurie Anderson - Homeland - My Right Eye
Econ 101: It happens billions of times every day. Somebody somewhere types something into a search bar on their computer screen. Search is how we have come to navigate the worlds of commerce and information online. Increasingly, search determines what we know, what we buy, even what we think. And of all those billions of searchers around the world, nearly three quarters of them will do their searching on Google. If search rules the web, then Google rules search. Ira Basen - Engineering Search: The Story of the Algorithm that Changed the World.
I know I've made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal. I've still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. You have an enormous responsibility on this mission, in many ways perhaps the greatest responsibility of any single mission element. You're the brain, and central nervous system of this mission, and your responsibilities include watching over the men in hibernation. 2001: A Space Odyssey
We screwed up. We feel badly. But we need to move past guilt toward a deep curiosity about all the factors that issued in behavior that falls short of my ideal, or our collective ideals. This is the detective work of the soul. A deep and total immersion and willingness to take a fearless look at our lives as they actually are on the one hand, and a total immersion in the energy associated with the ecstatic embrace of possibility, on the other would be a a profound consent to realize an ideal for our lives, personally, and collectively as a species. Bruce Sanguin
There are times when all the world's asleep, the questions run too deep for such a simple man. Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned. I know it sounds absurd but please tell me who I am? I said now watch what you say they'll be calling you a radical, a liberal, oh fanatical, criminal. Won't you sign up your name, we'd like to feel you're acceptable, respectable, oh presentable, a vegetable! Oh Take it take it yeah! Pink Turtle - Logical Song
Soundscape VancouverWorld Soundscape Project aim is to find solutions for an ecologically balanced soundscape where the relationship between the human community and its sonic environment is in harmony. Barry Truax
There is no great and no small. To the Soul that maketh all; And where it cometh, all things are; And it cometh everywhere. ESSAYS, First Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson. HISTORYSelf-Reliance
Robert Sibley's book "Rumor of God" is a kind of autobiography on two tracks. Each chapters begins with an "epiphany": an arresting moment, when a person feels he is lifted out of the normal sequence of time. And each then continues on the other track, with an essay on what could be learned from the experience, full of references to poets, philosophers, shrinks and mystics. It thus takes the form of a spiritual diary. The purpose of the exercise is to help readers seek the re-enchantment of life - to help "rekindle belief" in an age of disenchantment, when the rumours of God are only the Nietzschean ones of His demise.
The book supplies the scent of places far outside the city where the presence of the divine becomes nearly palpable. Sibley is trying to persuade us to find said "Place" and to take it home; to invest some spiritual or mystical meaning even in the objects and situations of everyday life and for no better reason than to become more real. He recommends that we make deliberate acts of attention to humble things, by becoming "habituated to attention" and thus, necessarily, dishabituated to the "divertissements" of modern life; the blinking arcade of technological distractions.
This is mysticism without denominational affiliation, that anyone can buy into, and in the end the "rumour of God" remains a very distant rumble. It suggests an immediate discipline for people who feel otherwise lost, having formed no brand loyalty among the various religions in the marketplace. David Warren
Dylan Ratigan on INSIDE JOB a documentary directed by Charles Ferguson. INSIDE JOB traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia. It explores massive private gains and public loss in a system that is rigged to benefit the rich and powerful, while the little guy gets screwed. But bashing the rich and the powerful will still not solve the underlying problems.
It is of no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. J. KRISHNAMURTI
Michael Buble - Cry Me A River - Crazy Love - Some Kind Of Wonderful All you have to do is touch my hand to show me you understand and something happens to me. That's some kind of wonderful. Anytime my little world is blue I just have to look at you and everything seems to be some kind of wonderful. I know I can't express this feeling of tenderness. There's so much I want to say but the right words just don't come my way. I just know when I'm in your embrace this world is a happy place and something happens to me. That's some kind of wonderful.
Jess Hill is a singer-songwriter-storyteller whose delicately constructed lyrical worlds are held firmly in place by her captivating compositions
Poet Valerie Rouzeau and translator Susan Wicks read selections from Cold Spring in Winter, shortlisted for the 2010 International Griffin Poetry Prize.
The two drops of honey which diverted my eyes from the cruel truth longer than the rest: my love of family, and of writing - art as I called it - were no longer sweet to me.
"Art, poetry?" It was plain to me that art is an adornment of life, an allurement to life. As long as I believed that life had a meaning, the reflection of life in poetry and art of all kinds afforded me pleasure: it was pleasant to look at life in the mirror of art. But ...A Confession by Lev Tolstoy
Tolstoy philosophy of non-resistance to evil as the proper response to aggression put great emphasis on fair treatment of the poor and working class and also give a strong plea to reject the State when seeking answers to questions of morality and instead to look within themselves and to God for their answers.
All humanity is one undivided and indivisible family, and each one of us is responsible for the misdeeds of all the others. I cannot detach myself from the wickedest soul. An eye for an eye will make the whole World blind. Mahatma Gandhi
Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream. Paulo Coelho
courtesy, respect, appropriateness is not mere formality; it helps to create the context in which we develop our humanness. Every situation and relationship has its proper courtesy and respect: between students and teachers, in relation to family members and elders. Every level of being also has its appropriateness, including coming into the presence of Truth . "None of us will have authentic faith until our hearts are made right, nor will our hearts be made right until our tongues be made right, nor will our tongues be made right until our actions be made right." The Knowing Heart
Matter moves around our planet and space collecting experience and storing it as memory. Memory is in DNA. The symbol of the snake in ancient cultures represent awakening knowledge in the DNA spiral. Setting our bodies in motion unlocks DNA memory. Life has a rhythm, it's constantly moving. It's found in every part of daily life. FOLI, THERE IS NO MOVEMENT WITHOUT RHYTHM
Being truly grateful in a sincere and humble way opens the heart, dissolves fear, and naturally invites in that which we are hopeful for.
Mystics from all times and traditions hold some keys for us to cope with the madness of the world we are thrown in and expected to manage. Instead of more projection of the evil in the other, conveniently getting the 'me' off the hook, they show us new ways and alternatives of working and exploring when the blaming game, and eternal judgment and punishment get us nowhere:
Forget every idea of right and wrong any classroom ever taught you. Because an empty heart, a tormented mind, unkindness, jealousy and fear are always the testimony that you have been completely fooled.
Turn your back on those who would imprison your wondrous spirit with deceit and lies. Come join the honest company of the king’s beggars, those gamblers, scoundrels and divine clowns and those astonishing fair courtesans who need divine love every night. Come join the courageous who have no choice but to bet their entire world that indeed God is real
Let me lead you into the circle of the beloved’s cunning thieves, those playful royal rouges, the ones you can trust for true guidance who can aid you in this blessed calamity of life. A Golden Compass by Hafiz
Steve McCurry's unguarded moment, that slice of time that reveals something personal and honest; Sad, melancholy, hopeful, desparate, painful, happy and beautiful moments
We're all different and we're all the same. There's an intimacy people have with a book that is similar. Whether you're rich and sophisticated or you happen to be someone on the street in the third world or a classroom in some remote area, reading is all the same act. It's a common link in our shared humanity, a thing we all do that is regardless of where we are economically or socially. Steve McCurry
There's a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure, 'Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings. In a tree by the brook, there's a songbird who sings, Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven. Ooh, it makes me wonder, And it's whispered that soon if we all call the tune then the piper will lead us to reason. And a new day will dawn for those who stand long and the forests will echo with laughter. Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run there's still time to change the road you're on. And it makes me wonder. Your head is humming and it won't go, in case you don't know, the piper's calling you to join him, Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know your stairway lies on the whispering wind. And as we wind on down the road Our shadows taller than our soul. And if you listen very hard the tune will come to you at last. When all are one and one is all. Stairway To Heaven. Led Zeppelin
Socrates never claimed himself wise or that he knew wisdom. If asked if he were wise his answer was often "in neither a great or a small way". What did he know? (this was asked of him at trial) and his answer was: “The only thing I say that I do know is – the art of love.”
There is a play on words here. Eros (passion)} and erotan (to ask questions) when sounded together being the same as "the art of love". So Socrates answer is equal to saying "The only thing I do know is the art of love which I do by my passion to ask questions." which discursive reasoning and logic is called logos. Reasoning and logic by way of asking questions (logos) is his method for seeking wisdom. But Socrates makes it plain elsewhere that when one has wisdom (sophia) .. knows wisdom .. is united in friendship with wisdom .. he has become a true philosopher .. and discursive reasoning and logic (logos) is no longer needed. Socrates and the Art of Love
من غلام قمرم غیر قمر هیچ مگو پیش من جز سخن شمع و شکر هیچ مگو سخن رنج مگوجز سخن گنج مگو ور از این بی خبری رنج مبر هیچ مگو دوش دیوانه شدم عشق مرا دید و بگفت آمدم نعره مزن جامه مدر هیچ مگو گفتم ای عشق من از چیز دگر می ترسم گفت آن چیز دگر نیست دگر هیچ مگو من به گوش تو سخن های نهان خواهم گفت سر بجنبان که بلی جز که به سر هیچ مگو گفتم این روی فرشته ست عجب یا بشر است گفت این غیر فرشته ست و بشر هیچ مگو گفتم این چیست بگو زیر و زبر خواهم شد گفت می باش چنین زیر و زبر هیچ مگو ای نشسته تو در این خانۀ پر نقش و خیال خیز از این خانه برو رخت ببر هیچ مگو Rumi Poetry sang by Dariush
I am enslaved to fate, of all else say no more With a sweet tongue speak, else I plea say no more Speak not of troubles, of treasures, tell me more And if of this you know not, be not troubled, say no more I have gone insane, Love found me, then whispered in my ear I am here, cry not aloud, curse yourself not, say no more’ I said ' O Love it is other than Thee that I fear' Said ' it may thus appear, yet it is not so, say no more I speak in you ear, to you bring secrets near Speak with your head, confirm a nod, say no more’ I asked, What do I see? Is it an angel or a man? Said ' no more an angel than a man, is another, say no more' 'Tell me what it is, why withhold, why the flames of my torment fan' Said ' just be tormented, confused, say no more For leaving this colorful and false abode, you have made no plan Rise up and just depart, leave this home, say no more’ Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi
Sabrina and Roland Michaud's photographes
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Thanks to life, which has given me so much. It gave me two beams of light, that when opened, can perfectly distinguish black from white. And in the sky above, her starry backdrop, and from within the multitude the one that I love.
Thanks to life, which has given me so much. It gave me an ear that, in all of its width records- night and day-crickets and canaries, hammers and turbines and bricks and storms, and the tender voice of my beloved.
Thanks to life, which has given me so much. It gave me sound and the alphabet. With them the words that I think and declare: "Mother," "Friend,"Brother" and the light shining. The route of the soul from which comes love.
Thanks to life, which has given me so much. It gave me the ability to walk with my tired feet. With them I have traversed cities and puddles, valleys and deserts, mountains and plains. And your house, your street and your patio.
Thanks to life, which has given me so much. It gave me a heart, that causes my frame to shudder, When I see the fruit of the human brain, when I see good so far from bad, when I see within the clarity of your eyes...
Thanks to life, which has given me so much. It gave me laughter and it gave me longing. With them I distinguish happiness and pain- The two materials from which my songs are formed, and your song, as well, which is the same song. And everyone's song, which is my very song.
Out on a lark, at home asleep, the endings play, the bands retreat. But in that dumb luck of the few, the consolation comes to you: To feel so bad, to feel so good, the verdict's in? it's understood I will be tried for my offenses and love you all over again. Madeleine Peyroux
Jacky Molard Quartet & Foune Diarra Trio - N DIALE
Poetry is rather a powerful way to publish truth. It catches the eye and captures the imagination. That is what poetry is supposed to do. It is given to develop great truths about God and mankind in an imaginative way.
The little space within the heart is as great as the vast universe. The heavens and the earth are there, and the sun and the moon and the stars. Fire and lightning and winds are there, and all that now is and all that is not. The Upanishads
There is a place between voice and presence Where information flows. In disciplined silence it opens. With wandering talk it closes. Rumi