Sunday, February 19, 2017

Friday, January 01, 2016

To indigenous people, Earth is a living being. 
Among the Lakota we call Earth our grandmother, 
and you do not rape your grandmother. 

Because she is the mother of all living beings, 
you are related to everything that lives--every blade 
of grass, every pine needle, every grain of sand. 
Even the rocks have life. 
Since you rely on all this life for your sustenance, 
you have to be respectful.

Russell Means, Arapaho activist 

Friday, November 21, 2014

What we have once enjoyed we can never lose.
All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.

By Helen Keller

Friday, March 28, 2014

"A single event can shape our lives or 
change the course of history."

We all have a sense that time expands
and contracts, seeming to drag one moment
and race the next, but what is our constant,
our absolute? I believe it is “me,”
our core sense of self.

To borrow from Einstein’s example, if
two men are sitting with the same
beautiful girl, the time might drag for
one, because the girl is his sister,
while it flies for the other if he is
in love with her. This means that each
of us has personal control over our
sense of time.

Consider all the subjective qualities
we attach to time. We say things like:
“I don’t have time for that.” “Time’s up.”
“Your time’s running out.” “How time flies.”
“Time hangs heavy.” “I love you so much,
time stands still.”

These statements don’t say anything about
time measured by the clock. The clock doesn’t
lie about how much linear time has elapsed
“out there.” But subjective time, the kind
that exists only “in here,” is a different

All the above statements reflect a state of
self. If you’re bored, time hangs heavy; if
you’re desperate, time’s running out; if
you’re exhilarated, time flies; when you’re
in love, time stands still. In other words,
whenever you take an attitude toward time,
you are really saying something about yourself.
Time, in the subjective sense, is a mirror.

Linear time is moving inexorably forward,
and to overcome that, we must find a place
where a different kind of time, or no time,
can be experienced and internalized.

.. Adapted from Ageless Body, Timeless Mind,
.. By Deepak Chopra

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

One of the worst parts of suffering a great loss
is the feeling of utter isolation. The problem of
loneliness, which exists for countless people,
requires deeper healing than simply seeking out

Loneliness can happen in a crowd and may feel
most intense when you find yourself alone on a
packed city street.

As a child, it was easier to cure
loneliness, because the presence of a parent was
enough to offer reassurance. As an adult, loneliness
becomes more existential–it feels as if you have been
abandoned, yet you cannot say by whom. If you suffer
from loneliness, have the intention to befriend yourself;
ask for spirit to comfort you with its presence.

Children need constant reassurance that they are
loved because their sense of self is undeveloped and
therefore fragile. By hearing “I love you,” they gain a core
of self-worth.
As long as this core is strong, a person can withstand
the loss of love, even though it may bring intense pain.

When the core of self-love has become too weak,
despair is the result. In some people it was never strong
enough to begin with; in others the intensity of grief has
proved too much.

Ask spirit to come in and repair your innate sense of being
loved. Affirm today that you can feel loved within yourself,
even after a great loss.

- Adapted from The Deeper Wound, 
- Recovering the Soul from Fear and Suffering,
- By Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2001).

Sunday, September 15, 2013

When you are gone
There's darkness around.
The green moss
covers the ground.
And all around
I feel the loss.

When you are gone
there's wetness around.
The raindrops
cover the ground.
And all around
I feel the loss.

Would it be better
to have you here
and have the loss disappear?
Or would I know
that soon you'd go?
And again I'd feel the loss.

Better now to stop the hope,
feel the loss,
try to cope.
A million times
I've found that I
will feel the loss
until I die. 

~ By Edwina Reizer ~

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Monday, July 29, 2013

"Inner silence promotes clarity of mind. 
It make us value the inner world. 
It trains us to go inside to the source
of peace and inspiration when we are
faced with problems and challenges."

 .-. By Deepak Chopra

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

"We must now help people to understand the need
for environmental protection. We must teach people
to understand the need for environmental protection.

We must teach people that conservation directly aids
our survival. We are all here on this planet, as it were,
as tourists. None of us can live here forever.
The longest we might live is a hundred years. So while
we are here we should try to have a good heart and to
make something positive and useful of our lives.

Whether we live just a few years or a whole century,
it would be truly regrettable and sad if we were to
spend that time aggravating the problems that afflict
other people, animals, and the environment.
The most important thing is to be a good human being."

 .. By Dalai Lama

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

If I could speak, here's what I would say
Happy in your arms, I want to stay.
I am your gift, and you are mine too!
Let love bond together, both me and you.

Lets enjoy this time, right here, right now.
Don't let a schedule furrow your brow.
Right now is the time, for me to hold,
When you're less busy, I'll be too old.

Snuggle me tenderly, close to your chest
It is here next to you, I am, at my best.
Your rhythmic breathing and beating heart,
Contentment, and comfort, to me impart.

To see you, smell you, assured by your voice,
All, wonderfully simple, yet help me rejoice.
A cuddle, a kiss, some playful fun and frolic,
Can banish a mood, and prevent nasty colic.

Hold me, hug me, please show me your day
You'll be sharing your love, in a marvelous way.
My learning is best when perched at your side
With arms as my classroom and you as my guide.

Please hold me up high, so I might see
All the many wonders, surrounding me.
With time spent close, as you socialize,
My mind expands and clearly I vocalize!

When you work, walk or take a short trip
With me safely balanced, upon your hip
My muscle tone and self esteem are greater,
I'll be walking much sooner, rather than later.

When we are in 'touch', it reduces our stress
We are happiest then, and worry much less.
Safe in your arms, dispels all my fears.
My beaming smiles, replace anxious tears.

To dream of our future is significant too,
And I know a career is important to you.
When I am older, then we'll join in the race
We'll be more able, to keep up the pace.

Right now, what I know, as certain and right
Is that you are my sun, the source of my light.
I don't need many things, expensive or new.
What I need is your love, your time and you.

By C. Knauf

Monday, July 08, 2013

I'm so tired but I can't sleep
standing on the edge of something much too deep
funny how you feel so much but can not say a word,
We are screaming inside but can't be heard.

- Sarah Mclaughlin

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Heaven is imagined as a place free from the bonds
of earthly life where gravity no longer holds down
the body. In heaven there are no cares or attachments.

Eternal joy is the soul’s constant state. Without having
to imagine them, all these qualities can be traced back
to the experience of waking up. The great difference between
this experience and heaven is that the virtual domain isn’t
outside us; one doesn’t “go” there either in body or soul.

A famous anecdote in India tells of the ascetic who goes to
the mountaintop to become enlightened. He fasts and prays
constantly; he gives up all worldly desires in favor of meditation.
His renunciation goes on for many years until the day when
he realizes he has finally arrived.

No matter where he looks, he senses only the unbounded bliss
of pure awareness, without attachment of any kind. Overjoyed,
he rushes down into the village below to tell everyone, and as
he is going along, he runs into a crowd of drunken revelers.
Quietly he tries to thread his way through, but one drunk after
another bumps him and makes a crude remark.
Finally the ascetic can’t stand it and cries, “Get out of my way!”
At that instant he stops, turns around, and goes back to the mountain.

This anecdote is about how easily we are fooled into thinking
that we can escape our own anger and frailty, but the larger point
is that using the personality to get to the absolute is a contradiction.
Certain parts of ourselves are designed to live in this world of time.

It takes resolve and purpose to succeed in loosening our bonds
enough so that pure awareness feels totally comfortable, and
in the face of conflicts we instinctively fall back on anger, as we
fall back on stubbornness, self-centeredness, righteous certainty,
and so forth.

Yet at another level we do not even possess these qualities, much
less feel tied to them. Religious seeking, whatever form it takes,
tries to regain that unattached level.

:: Adapted from How To Know God,  
:: By Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2000).

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Do you need ME?
I AM there.
You cannot see ME; yet, I AM the light you see by.
You cannot hear ME; yet, I speak through your voice.
You cannot feel ME; yet, I AM the power at work in your hands …

I AM at work, though you do not understand MY ways,
I AM at work, though you do not recognize MY works,
I AM not strange visions,
I AM not strange mysteries, only in absolute stillness …
Can you know ME - as I AM - and then,
But as a feeling … and as faith.

Yet, I AM there.
Yet, I hear.
Yet, I answer.

When you need ME, I AM there.
Even if you deny ME, I AM there.
Even when you feel most alone,
I AM there.

Even in your fears, I AM there,
Even in your pain, I AM there.
I AM there when you pray … I AM there when you do not pray.

I AM in you, and you are in ME,
Only in your mind can you feel separate from ME,
For only in your mind are the ‘Mists’ of ‘yours’ and ‘mine’,
Yet only with your mind can you know ME, and experience ME.
When you get yourself out of the way,

You can of yourself do nothing, but I can do all,
 … For I AM in all …

Though you may not see the good, good is there,
for I AM there.
I AM there because I have to be, because I AM.
Only in ME does the world have meaning; only out
of ME does the world take form;
only because of ME, does the world go forward.

I AM the law on which the movement of the stars and
the growth Of living cells are founded.
I AM THE LOVE that is the law’s fulfilling.

I AM the law that you can live by,
I AM the love that you can cling to.
I AM your assurance.
I AM your peace.
I AM one with you.

Though your faith in ME is unsure, MY faith in you
never waivers, because I know you, because I love you.

" By James Dillet Freeman "

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Instead of being unknowable, perhaps the afterlife
is something we haven’t looked at hard enough.
And if so, why not?

For one thing, the mind is addicted to repetition.
We pursue the same desires today that we had
yesterday. Even our thoughts today are generally
about 90 percent the same as the thoughts we
had yesterday, according to some studies.
Habit rules our actions; a fixed roster of likes and
dislikes governs our taste.

On the positive side psychologists point out that
the pursuit of pleasure and the avoidance of pain
motivate us every day, and generally to good effect.
We’re reassured by what we know.

At the same time that is reassures us, repetition
has a deadening effect.
By keeping out what’s new, it forces reality into
the strait-jacket of the old.
Each of us lives behind a wall, beyond which lies
the infinite potential of the unknown.
Only the smallest gates are built into the wall,
and we stand guard at these, allowing one
experience to enter but excluding another,
calling this experience good and that one evil.
As long as we keep on taking in reality so
selectively, freedom is a remote possibility.

In this regard, death is a great gift, because it
throws open all the doors and windows.
Dying forces us outside the wall. Instead of
seeing the familiar things we’ve assiduously
collected and labeled as reality, we must start over.

Whatever our dream is right now, that dream
continues. Consciousness is tied by thousands
of threads to old memories, habits, preferences,
and relationships.

Who are you?
You have to know where you are right now, in order
to know where you will be tomorrow, and the afterlife
is just a special kind of tomorrow.

` Adapted from Life After Death: The Burden of Proof, 
` By Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2006).