Held

August 27, 2015

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“It’s enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment.”
― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

Little Hands

August 27, 2015

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“When we are alone on a starlit night, when by chance we see the migrating birds in autumn descending on a grove of junipers to rest and eat; when we see children in a moment when they are really children, when we know love in our own hearts; or when, like the Japanese poet, Basho, we hear an old frog land in a quiet pond with a solitary splash – at such times the awakening, the turning inside out of all values, the “newness,” the emptiness and the purity of vision that make themselves evident, all these provide a glimpse of the cosmic dance.”
― Thomas Merton

This Face

August 27, 2015

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“The bad news is you’re falling, hurling through the air with no parachute, nothing to slow you down.  The good news: there’s no ground.”  –Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Construction Site

August 23, 2015

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When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.” –Mary Oliver

Rowan Brave Jonas

August 23, 2015

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“And if you ask me why you should bother to do that, I could tell you that the grave’s a fine and private place, but none I think do there embrace.  Nor do they sing there, or write, or argue, or see the tidal bore on the Amazon, or touch their children. And that’s what there is to do and get it while you can and good luck at it.”  –Joan Didion