Weekly Quotes 2008

1-18-08 Weekly Quotes: Vision

Your vision will become clear only when you look into
your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside,
awakens.
-C.G. Jung

1-25-08 Weekly Quotes: What Lies Within Us

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters
compared to what lies within us.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

1-28-08 January Newsletter: Mindfulness and Empathy Create Conscious, Compassionate Connection

Mindfulness and Empathy Create Conscious, Compassionate
Connection
The roots of resilience are to be found in the felt sense
of existing in the heart and mind of an empathic, attuned,
self-possessed other.
-Diana Fosha

We heal by being seen.
-Jack Kornfield

2-1-08 Weekly Quotes: Wise Thoughts

All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands
of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them
over again honestly, until they take root in our personal
experiences.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

2-08-08 Weekly Quotes: People Remember How You Made Them Feel

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said;
people will forget what you did; but people will never
forget how you made them feel.
-Maya Angelou

2-15-08 Weekly Quotes: Tend to the Moment

Tend to the moment, and the hours, days, years will tend
to themselves.
-Matthieu Ricard

2-19-08 February Newsletter: Brain Research Illuminates Conscious, Compassionate Connection

Brain Research Illuminates Conscious, Compassionate Connection
LOVE DOES THAT
All day long a little burro labors,
sometimes with heavy loads on her back
and sometimes just with worries
about things that bother only burros.
And worries, as we know,
can be more exhausting
than physical labor.
Once in a while a kind monk
comes to her stable
and brings a pear.
But more than that,
he looks into the burros’ eyes
and touches her ears
and for a few seconds the burro is free
and even seems to laugh,
because love does that.
Love frees.
-Meister Eckhart

Love is more than just a feeling. It’s a process
requiring continual attention. Loving well takes laughter,
loyalty, and wanting more to be able to say “I understand” than
to hear “You’re right.”
-Molleen Matsumura

2-22-08 Weekly Quotes: Friends

People are lonely because they build walls instead of
bridges.
-Joseph F. Newton

The happiest hours of my life have been spent in the flow
of affection among friends.
-Thomas Jefferson

True friends are those who, when you make a fool of yourself,
don’t believe that this condition is permanent.
-Erwin T. Randall

3-03-08 Weekly Quotes: Vision Changes the World

Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never
regains its original dimension.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed
citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing
that ever has.
-Margaret Mead.

Vision is not enough; it must be combined with venture.
It is not enough to stare up the steps; we must step up
the stairs.
-Vaclav Havel

3-10-08 Weekly Quotes:Change

To exist is to change; to change is to mature; to mature
is to go on creating one’s self endlessly.
-Henri Bergson

Be the change you seek.
-Mahatma Gandhi

To change one’s life: 1. Start immediately. 2. Do
it flamboyantly. 3. No exceptions.
-William James

3-17-08 March Newsletter: Shifting Perspectives Leads to Resilience

Shifting Perspectives Leads to Resilience
The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking
new landscapes but in having new eyes.
-Marcel Proust

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness
that created it.
-Albert Einstein

3-24-08 Weekly Quotes: “Bad” Emotions

There’s no such thing as a bad emotion, only an
unprocessed one.
-Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

Some people feel the rain; other people just get wet.
– Bob Dylan
The Guest House
This being human is a guest-house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
Some momentary awareness come
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you
out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Rumi

3-31-08 Weekly Quotes: Life Purpose

I slept and dreamed that life was joy. I awoke and saw
that life was service. I acted and, behold, service was
joy.
-Rabindranath Tagore

This is the true joy in life, the being used up for a
purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Life is
no ‘brief candle’ for me. It is a sort of splendid
torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want
to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing
it on to the future generations.
-George Bernard Shaw

When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
If I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
Or full of argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this
world.
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild
and precious life?
-Mary Oliver

4-07-08 Weekly Quotes: Impossible Dreams

Trust in dreams, for in them is the hidden gate to eternity.
-Kahlil Gibran

If you have built castles in the air,
Your work need not be lost;
That is where they should be.
Now put the foundations under them.
-Henry David Thoreau

[after gaining visas as Spanish diplomats for Israeli,
Palestinian, Syrian, Egyptian and Lebanese musicians to
play an unprecedented concert together in Ramallah, Palestine]
You see? The impossible is easier than the difficult.
-Daniel Barenboim.

4-14-08 Weekly Quotes: Political Change

The enemy is not conservatism. The enemy is not liberalism.
The enemy is bullshit.
-Molly Ivins

Sooner or later, everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.
-Robert Louis Stevenson

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to
hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and
still retain the ability to function. One should, for example,
be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined
to make them otherwise.
-F. Scott Fitzgerald

Human history becomes more and more a race between education
and catastrophe.
-H.G. Wells

What we need is what the ancient Israelites called hochma—the
science of the heart—the capacity to see, to feel,
and then to act as if the future depended on you. Believe
me, it does.
-Bill Moyers

4-21-08 April Newsletter: Compassionate Connections Deepens Resilience

Compassionate Connection Deepens Resilience
“It is in the shelter of each other that the people
live.”
-Irish blessing, thanks to
Mary Pipher

* * * *
The roots of resilience are to be found in the
felt sense of existing in the heart and mind of an empathic,
attuned, self-possessed other.
-Diana Fosha

* * * *
OUT OF A GREAT NEED
Out of a great need
We are all holding hands
And climbing.
Not loving is a letting go.
Listen,
The terrain around here
Is far too dangerous
For that.
– Hafiz, The Gift, translated by Daniel Ladinsky

* * * *

BEANNACHT (“Blessing”)
On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
beneath your feet
to balance you.
And when your eyes
freeze behind
the grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets in to you,
may a flock of colours,
indigo, red, green,
and azure blue
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.
When the canvas frays
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.
May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.
-John O’Donohue, Echoes of Memory

4-28-08 Weekly Quotes: Shadow and Light

You carry in yourself all the obstacles necessary to make
your realization perfect. If you discover a very black
hole, a thick shadow, be sure there is somewhere in you
a great light. It is up to you to know how to use the one
to realize the other.
-Sri Auribindo

5-05-08 Weekly Quotes: Mistakes and Failure

Success is moving from one failure to another without
loss of enthusiasm.
-Winston Churchill

Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.
-Carl G. Jung

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable
but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.
-George Bernard Shaw

5-12-08 Weekly Quotes: Gratitude

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a
spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think
with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame
within us.
-Albert Schweitzer

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank
you,” that would suffice.
-Meister Eckhart

Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy.
-Rabbi Abraham Herschel

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what
we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos into order, confusion into clarity. It turns problems
into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into
perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude
makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates
a vision for tomorrow.
-Melodie Beattie

5-19-08 May Newsletter: Equanimity: The Invisible Fulcrum of Conscious, Compassionate Connection

Equanimity
IF
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!
-Rudyard Kipling

5-26-08 Weekly Quotes: Awe and Mystery

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true art and all science. He to
whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause
to wonder and stand rapt in aw, is as good as dead: his
eyes are closed.
-Albert Einstein

Two things fill the heart with renewed and increasing
awe and reverence the more often and the more steadily
they are meditated on: the starry heavens above and the
immortal soul within.
-Immanual Kant

(outgoing message on Melissa Orloff’s voice mail)
Have you ever stopped and looked around and really appreciated
everything in your life? That’s what I’m doing
right now. I’ll call you back when I’m done.
* * * * *
(Apologies for the delay in this week’s posting.
An unusual week of no internet access from home computer,
as yet unfixable, is a beautiful opportunity to practice
equanimity.)
The anticipated rarely happens, while the unexpected is
bound to occur.
-Sri Nisargadatta

6-02-08 Weekly Quotes: Questions and the Unknown

We have not solved your problem.
In fact, we have more questions than when we started.
But we believe we are confused at a higher level
and about more important things.
-plaque above entrance to electrical engineering consulting
lab,

SRI International
Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart
and try to love the questions themselves. Don’t search
for the answers which could not be given to you now because
you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to
live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then you
will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way
into the answers.
-Ranier Maria Rilke

If we knew what we were doing, it would not be called
research, would it?
-Albert Einstein

6-10-08 Weekly Quotes: Deep Self, Large Heart

Men are not free when they are doing just what they like.
Men are only free when they are doing what the deepest
self likes. And there is getting down to the deepest self!
It takes some diving.
-D.H. Lawrence

Ask the Friend for love.
Ask Him again.
For I have learned that every heart
Will get what it prays for most.
-Hafiz

I am larger and better than I thought.
I did not think I held so much goodness.
-Walt Whitman

6-18-08 June Newsletter: Wise Guides, Wise Understanding, Wise Self

Wise Understanding, Wise Guides, Wise Self
There is a brokenness out of which comes the unbroken,
A shatteredness out of which blooms the unshatterable.
There is sorrow beyond all grief which leads to joy,
And a fragility out of whose depths emerges strength.
There is a hollow space too vast for words
Through which we pass with each loss,
Out of whose darkness we are sanctioned into being.
There is a cry deeper than all sound
Whose serrated edges cut the heart as we break open
To the place inside which is unbreakable and whole,
While learning to sing.
-Rashani

6-25-08 Weekly Quotes: Perception

We don’t see things as they are; we see things as
we are.
-Anais Nin

Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which
they take of them.
-Epictetus

No life is so hard that you can’t make it easier
by the way you take it.
-Ellen Glasgow

When I look at a patch of dandelions, I see a bunch of
weeds that are going to take over my yard. My kids see
flowers for Mom and blowing white fluff you can wish on.
When I feel wind on my face, I brace myself against it.
I feel it messing up my hair and pulling me back when I
walk. My kids close their eyes, spread their arms and fly
with it until they fall to the ground laughing.
When I see a mud puddle I step around it. I see muddy shoes
and dirty carpets. My kids sit in it. They see dams to
build, rivers to cross, and worms to play with.
-anonymous

7-01-08 Weekly Quotes: Do What You Can

Do all you can, with what you have, in the time you have,
in the place where you are.
-Nkosi Johnson, who died of AIDS at age 12

We cannot do great things. We can only do small things
with great love.
-Mother Teresa

I slept and dreamed that life was joy. I awoke and saw
that life was service. I acted and behold, service was
joy.
-Rabindranath Tagore

7-08-08 Weekly Quotes: Busy-ness

It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question
is, what are we busy about?
-Henry David Thoreau

To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of
conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands,
to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help
everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence.
The frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for peace.
It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys
the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the
root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.
-Thomas Merton

He who is too busy doing good finds no time to be good.
-Rabindranath Tagore

The Chinese pictograph for ‘busy’ is composed
of two characters: heart and killing.
-Brother David Stendl-Rast

In the relentless busyness of modern life, we have lost
the rhythm between work and rest. Our culture invariably
supposes that action and accomplishment are better than
rest, that doing something—anything—is
better than doing nothing. Because of our desire to succeed,
to meet these ever-growing expectations, we do not rest.
Because we do not rest, we lose our way. We miss the compass
points that would show us where to go, we bypass the nourishment
that would give us succor. We miss the quiet that would
give us wisdom. We miss the joy and love born of effortless
delight. Even when our intentions are noble and our efforts
sincere—even when we dedicate our lives to the
service of others—the corrosive pressure of frantic
over-activity can nonetheless cause suffering in ourselves
and others. A ‘successful’ life can become
a violent enterprise.
-Wayne Muller

I ask for a moment’s indulgence to sit by thy side.
The works that I have in hand I will finish afterwards.
Away from the sight of thy face my heart knows no rest
nor respite, and my work becomes an endless toil in a shoreless
sea of toil.
Today the summer has come at my window with its sighs
and murmurs; and the bees are plying their minstrelsy at
the court of the flowering grove.
Now it is time to sit quiet, face to face with thee,
and to sing dedication of life in this silent and overflowing
leisure.
-Rabindranath Tagore

7-14-08 Weekly Quotes: Being is Enough

There is more to life than merely increasing its speed.
-Gandhi

Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy.
-Rabbi Abraham Heschel

I make myself rich by making my wants few.
-Henry David Thoreau

Enough. These few words are enough.
If not these words, this breath.
If not this breath, this sitting here.
This opening to the life
we have refused
again and again
until now.
Until now.
-David Whyte

7-21-08 Weekly Quotes: The Journey

Development involves giving up a smaller story
in order to wake up to a larger story.
-Jean Houston

To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily.
To not dare is to lose one’s self.
-Soren Kierkegaard

I thought that my voyage had come to its end
at the last limit of my power—that the path
before me was closed, that provisions were exhausted and
the time come to take shelter
in a silent obscurity.
But I find that thy will knows no end in me.
And when old words die out on the tongue
new melodies break forth from the heart;
and where the old tracks are lost,
new country is revealed with its wonders.
-Rabindranath Tagore

It is not the strongest of the species that survive,
nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive
to change.
-Charles Darwin

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
-Confucious

7-28-08 Weekly Quotes [from E-Newsletter]: Flexibility and Stability of the Whole Self

‘And who are you?’ asked the caterpillar.
‘I knew who I was this morning,’ stammered
Alice, ‘but I must have changed several times since
then!’
-Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.
-Mark Twain

I am larger and better than I thought.
I did not think I held so much goodness.
-Walt Whitman

Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of
their hearts, the depths of their hearts where neither
sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of
their reality, the person that each one is in the eyes
of the Divine. If only they could all see themselves as
they really are. If only we could see each other that way
all the time. There would be no more war, no more hatred,
no more cruelty, no more greed. I suppose the big problem
would be that we would fall down and worship each other.
-Thomas Merton

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens
us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around
you.
We were born to make manifest
the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we consciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
-Marianne Williamson

(quoted in Nelson Mandela’s inaugural speech)

A life of truth walks the edge
between ease and effort.
There’s nothing you must do
to win approval, no list of
saintly acts to tick off one by one,
no required deprivations.
Say yes to life and you are blessed
With countless opportunities to choose
wholeness over fragmentation.
You need but knock for doors to open wide.
Ask and you are filled with a presence
so vast that all the words
in your personal lexicon
amount to nothing in its silence.
Stop seeking long enough
To receive the spirit
that’s within you now.
Just be your truest self,
and the voice you’ve longed to hear
will speak through you.
Release your grip on limitation
and possibilities roll out like endless ocean waves.
All you have to do is kick off your shoes
and run barefoot in the sand.
– Danna Faulds

8-04-08 Weekly Quotes: Holocaust Memorial

(These quotes are all from the Anne Frank Memorial in Boise,
Idaho. I happened to bicycle past the memorial a few
weekends ago while visiting my friend Terri. I was blown
away and found the website www.idaho-humanrights.org
when I returned home.)

Believe me, if you have been shut up for a year and a
half, it can get too much for you some days. Cycling, dancing,
whistling, looking out into the world, feeling young, to
know that I’m free—that’s what I long
for.
It’s utterly impossible for me to build my life on
a foundation of chaos, suffering and death. I see the world
being slowly transformed in to a wilderness. I hear the
approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us, too.
I feel the suffering of millions.
It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams
and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed
by grim reality. It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned
all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet
I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything,
that people are truly good at heart.
If God lets me live, I shall not remain insignificant.
I shall work in the world and for mankind.
-Anne Frank

I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human
beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always
take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.
Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
-Elie Wiesel

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
-The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Dear Teacher: I am a survivor of a concentration camp.
My eyes saw what no person should witness: Gas chambers
built by learned engineers. Children poisoned by educated
physicians. Infants killed by trained nurses. Women and
babies shot and killed by high school and college graduates.
So, I am suspicious of education. My request is: help your
students become human. Your efforts must never produce
learned monsters, skilled psychopaths, or educated Eichmanns.
Reading, writing and arithmetic are only important if they
serve to make our children more humane.
-Haim Ginott

Little feet of children blue with cold,
How can they see you and not cover you,
dear God!
-Gabriela Mistral

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has
found no remedy for the worst of them all—the apathy
of human beings.
-Helen Keller

Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In
small places close to home—so close and so small
that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they
are the world of the individual person: the neighborhood
he lives in; the school or college she attends; the factory,
farm or office where he works. Such are the places where
every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity,
equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights
have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.
-Eleanor Roosevelt

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that
good men do nothing.
-Edmund Burke

8-11-08 Weekly Quotes: The Glory of Life

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of
arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body,
but rather an opportunity to skid in broadside, thoroughly
used up and totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow,
What a Ride!’
-Author unknown, contributed by Marti Elvebak

When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full or argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this
world.
-Mary Oliver

Take the whole kit with the caboodle.
Experience life; don’t deplore it.
Shake hands with time; don’t kill it.
Open a lookout; dance on a brink;
Run with your wildfire.
You are closer to your glory
leaping an abyss
than upholstering a rut.
– James Broughton

8-20-08 Weekly Quotes [from E-Newsletter]: Conscious, Compassionate Connection Leads to Self-Acceptance

Self-Acceptance
The belief that we are deficient and unworthy makes it
difficult to trust that we are truly loved. Many of us
live with an undercurrent of depression or hopelessness
about ever feeling close to other people We fear that
if they realize we are boring or stupid, selfish or insecure,
they’ll reject us. If we’re not attractive
enough, we may never be loved in an intimate, romantic
way. We yearn for an unquestioned experience of belonging,
to feel at home with ourselves and others, at ease and
fully accepted. But the trance of unworthiness keeps
the sweetness of belonging out of reach.
-Tara Brach, PhD

It’s in the crucible of the child’s first
relationships that, for better or worse, the self is originally
shaped.
-David Wallin, PhD

The security of the attachment bond is the primary defense
against psychopathology.
-Allan Schore, PhD

Ah, the comfort,
The inexpressible comfort
Of feeling safe with a person.
Having neither to weigh out thoughts
Nor words,
But pouring them all right out, just as they are,
Chaff and grain together;
Certain that a faithful hand
Will take them and sift them;
Keeping what is worth keeping and,
With the breath of kindness,
Blow the rest away.
-Anonymous

The Guest House
This being human is a guest-house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
Some momentary awareness come
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you
out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
– Rumi

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as
I am, then I can change.
-Carl Rogers.

The irony is, if you don’t go in, you can’t
find out.
-Richard Stine

I wish they would only take me as I am.
-Vincent Van Gogh

We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that
deep inside us there is something valuable, worth listening
to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe
in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous
delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
-e.e. cummings

Where did we ever get the crazy idea that in order to
make children do better, first we have to make them feel
worse? Think of the last time you felt humiliated and treated
unfairly. Did you feel like cooperating or doing better?
-Jane Nelson

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just
as I am, then I can change.
-Carl Rogers

Last night, as I was sleeping,
I dreamt—marvelous error! –
that there was a beehive
here inside my heart.
and the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.
-Antonio Machado

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens
us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around
you.
We were born to make manifest
the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we consciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
-Marianne Williamson

(quoted in Nelson Mandela’s inaugural speech)

8-25-08 Weekly Quotes: Friends

Love guards the heart from the abyss.
-Mozart, The Magic Flute

Friends are the light in the darkness.
-Eric Jonsson

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are
the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom
-Marcel Proust

We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world,
and the best we can find in our travels in an honest friend.
-Robert Louis Stevenson

To know of someone here and there with whom we accord,
who is living on with us even in silence, this makes our
earthly ball a peopled garden.
-Goethe

9-01-08 Weekly Quotes: Work That Changes the World

I long to accomplish great and noble tasks, but it is my
chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they
were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only
by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate
of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
-Helen Keller

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw
that life was service. I acted and behold, service was
joy.
-Rabindranath Tagore

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by
what we give.
-Winston Churchill

There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is
translated through you into action, and because there is
only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.
If you block it, it will never exist through any other
medium. It will be lost. The world will never have it.
It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor
how it compares to other expressions. It is your business
to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel
open.
-Martha Graham

Live your beliefs, and you can turn the world around.
-Henry David Thoreau

9-08-08 Weekly Quotes: Flexibility

FLEXIBILITY
Blessed are they who are flexible, for they shall never
be bent out of shape.
-from my yoga teacher Debra Higgins

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and
seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real
security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more
security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement
there is life, and in change there is power.
-Alan Cohen

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states
we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish
to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
-Anais Nin

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to
occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy,
or unfulfilled. For it is only is such moments, propelled
by our
discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts
and start searching for different ways or truer answers.
-M. Scott Peck

New ideas stir from every corner. They show up disguised
innocently as interruptions, contradictions, and embarrassing
dilemmas. Beware of total strangers and friends alike who
shower you with comfortable sameness, and remain open to
those who make you uneasy, for they are the true messengers
of the future.
-Rob Lebow

The boldness of asking deep questions may require unforeseen
flexibility if we are to accept the answers.
-Brian Greene

You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel
when you come in contact with a new idea.
-Pearl S. Buck

It’s not so much that we’re afraid of change
or so in love with the old ways, but it’s that place
in between that we fear. It’s like being between
trapezes. It’s Linus when his blanket is in the dryer.
There’s nothing to hold on to.
-Marilyn Ferguson

The important thing is this: To be able at any moment
to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
-W.E.B. DuBois

9-22-08 Weekly Quotes: Risk

A ship is safe is harbor, but that’s not what ships
are for.
-proverb

Life is a daring adventure, or it is nothing.
-Helen Keller

So much of what we are learning [about how the brain works]
is so new, we must be comfortable venturing into error.
-Richard Mendius, M.D., The Neurology of Awakening

A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking
a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he
cannot achieve.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what
you could, some blunders and absurdities have crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day.
You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit
to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

9-29-08 Weekly Quotes [from E-Newsletter]: Healing Heartache

Healing Heartache
Oxytocin has a short half-life in the brain—it’s
gone in just a matter of minutes. But close, positive long-term
relationships may offer us a relatively steady source of
oxytocin release; every hug, friendly touch, and affectionate
moment may prime this neurochemical balm a bit.
The benefits of oxytocin seem to emerge in a variety
of pleasant social interactions—especially caregiving
in all its forms. Where people exchange emotional energy,
they can actually prime in each other the good feelings that
this molecule bestows. When oxytocin releases again and again—as
happens when we spend a good deal of time with people who
love us—we seem to reap the long-term health benefits
of human affection. ‘repeated exposures to the people
with whom we feel the closest social bonds can condition
the release of oxytocin, so that merely being in their presence,
or even just thinking about them, may trigger in us a pleasant
dose. Small wonder that cubicles in even the most soulless
of offices are papered with photos of loved ones.
-Daniel Goleman, Social Intelligence

* * * * *
At the Corner Store (excerpt)
It was a new old man behind the counter,
skinny, brown and eager.
He greeted me like a long lost daughter,
as if we both came from the same world,
someplace warmer and more gracious than this cold city.
I was thirsty and alone. Sick at heart, grief-soiled
and his face lit up as if I were his prodigal daughter
returning,
coming back to the freezer bins in front of the register
which were still and always filled
with the same old Cable Car ice-cream sandwiches and
cheap frozen greens.
Back to the knobs of beef and package of hotdogs,
these familiar shelves strung with potato chips and corn
chips,
stacked- up beer boxes and immortal Jim Beam.
I lumbered to the case and bought my precious bottled
water
and he returned my change, beaming
as if I were the bright new buds on the just-bursting-open
cherry trees,
as if I were everything beautiful struggling to grow,
and he was blessing me as he handed me my dime
over the dirty counter and the plastic tub of red licorice
whips.
This old man who didn’t speak English
beamed out love to me in the iron week after my mother’s
death
so that when I emerged from his store
My whole cockeyed life ?
What a beautiful failure! ?
Glowed gold like a sunset after rain.
-Alison Luterman

10-06-08 Weekly Quotes: Dance

[after a daylong workshop on meditation and movement at
Spirit Rock]
Take me to the places on the earth that teach you how
to dance,
The places where you can risk letting the world break
your heart,
And I will take you to the places where the earth beneath
my feet
And the stars overhead make my heart whole again and again.
-Oriah Mountain Dreamer, excerpt from The Dance

Joy, sorrow, tears, lamentation, laughter—to all
these music gives voice, but in such a way that we are
transported from the world of unrest to a world of peace,
and see reality in a new way, as if we were sitting by
a mountain lake and contemplating hills and woods and clouds
in the tranquil and fathomless water.
-Albert Schweitzer

Okay my dear,
You have stumbled enough in the earth’s sweet dance.
You have paid all your dues
Many times.
Now let’s get down to the real reason
Why we sit together and breathe
And begin the laughing, the diving laughing,
Like great heroic women
And magnificent
Strong men.
-Hafiz, excerpt from Who Wrote All the Music

Dance is the hidden language of the soul. Nothing is more
revealing than movement. Movement never lies. It is a
barometer telling the state of the soul’s weather.
-Martha Graham

[To dance] is to invite all of the far-flung parts of
yourself back onto the dance floor for a slow and sweet
waltz. At the end of the dance, you have whirled yourself
back into one whole person.
-Elizabeth Lesser

Without music, life would be a mistake. I can only believe
in a god who can dance.
-Friedrich Nietzsche

Except for the still point there would be no dance, and
there is only the dance.
-T.S. Eliot

10-13-08 Weekly Quotes: Generosity

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by
what we give.
-Winston Churchill

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under
whose shade you do not expect to sit.”
-Nelson Henderson

Money is like manure; it’s not worth a thing unless
it’s spread around encouraging young things to grow.
-Thornton Wilder

Even after all this time
The sun never says to the earth,
‘You owe me.’
Look what happens
With a love like that—
It lights the whole world.
-Hafiz

Several readers asked me to share my online sources of
quotes; happy to do so. [Though readers, friends and my
own reading remain the most inspiring sources.] Happy exploring!
www.wisdomquotes.com
www.brainyquote.com
www.heartquotes.net
www.quotationspage.com
www.worldofquotes.com
www.bartelby.com (Bartlett’s Quotations)
www.coolquotes.com
www.quoteland.com

10-20-08 Weekly Quotes: Non-Being

Love teaches me I am everything;
Wisdom teaches me I am nothing.
Between the two my life flows.
-Sri Nisargadatta

We join spokes together in a wheel,
but it is the center hole
that makes the wagon move.
We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside
that holds whatever we want.
We hammer wood for a house,
but it is the inner space
that makes it livable.
We work with being,
but non-being is what we use.
-Lao-Tzu, Tao Te Ching.
Oceans
I have a feeling that my boat
Has struck, down there in the depths.,
Against a great thing.
And nothing
Happens! Nothing’silence–Waves-
–Nothing happens? Or has everything happened,
and we are standing now, quietly, in the new life?
-Juan Ramon Jimenez, translated by Robert Bly

10-27-08 Weekly Quotes [from E-Newsletter]: Mind-Body-Heart Connection

Mind-Body-Heart Connections

The Peace of Wild Things
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives
may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron
feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
-Wendell Berry

This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want
to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you
want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to
walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the
power to control your own life. No one else can do it
for you. Take the power to make your life happy. The
best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be
seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
-Helen Keller

New-age verse to Amazing Grace, from the MBSR training
at Mount Madonna in 2001: (go ahead and sing it)
Amazing grace that taught me how
To touch and taste and feel;
The wonders of accepting love
Have made me whole and real.

11-3-08 Weekly Quotes: The Poem “If”

IF
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!
-Rudyard Kipling

11-10-08 Weekly Quotes: The Track to the Water’s Edge

[a further tribute to the current sea change in the history
of the world and to all those, sung and unsung, who made ‘the
track to the water’s edge.’]
When a colony of ants marches through the forest and comes
to a stream that must be crossed but is too large to cross
one by one, members of the colony push toward the edge
of the stream. The first ones are swept away in the current,
but eventually the bodies of the members of the colony
cling to each other and begin to form a mat of bodies that
becomes thick enough, solid enough, that the entire colony
can cross over on that bridge of bodies to the other side.
‘And what of the ones who are swept away, whose
bodies don’t even get to form the bridge? Of what
use is their sacrifice?’
‘They make the track to the water’s edge.’
-adapted from Stories, Dreams and Allegories by Olive
Schreiner (1855-1920), an English political activist and
writer born and raised in South Africa, found in The Track
to the Water’s Edge: An Olive Schreiner Reader edited
by Howard Thurman.

11-17-08 Weekly Quotes: Difficulties

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy
present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and
we must rise to the occasion. As our case is new, so we
must think anew and act anew.
-Abraham Lincoln

Nothing on earth is more gladdening that knowing we must
roll up our sleeves and move back the boundaries of the
humanly possible once more.
-Annie Dillard

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to
occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy
or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled
by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our
ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.
-M. Scott Peck

Suffering alone cannot break the human spirit. Human sorrow
is not a pathology; it is a poignant inheritance we share
with all the family of the earth. In the face of whatever
loss, illness, or harm we are given, we remain people of
great courage, wisdom and healing.
-Wayne Muller

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
-Plato

11-24-08 Weekly Quotes [from E-Newsletter]: Gratitude for Inter-Connectedness

Gratitude for Inter-Connectedness
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was ‘Thank
you’, it would suffice.
-Meister Eckhart

A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner
and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living
and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give
in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.
-Albert Einstein

All who find happiness in this world have done so by wishing
for the happiness of many others. All who find unhappiness
in this world have done so by aiming just for their own
happiness.
-Shantideva

Help your neighbor’s boat across, and lo! Your own
has reached the shore.
-Hindu proverb

Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.
I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you
ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our stream of thought has been working to create an impression
of an isolated ‘self’, set apart from all others,
which appears real, substantial, and thereby seemingly
safe. Although we have all believed such thoughts of ‘self’ as
something isolated from and over against others, we have
never existed in that way. Therefore, we can never become
happy or fulfilled by pretending to exist in that way.
Rather, we have always existed in much deeper relationship
to all others, who in their innate nature of goodness and
their self-centered habits of thought are like alternative
versions of ourselves. That is the reality of our existence.
-John Makransky

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe,
a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself,
his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the
rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us
to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons
nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from
this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace
all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
-Albert Einstein

We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected
by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic
fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.
-Herman Melville

If you see a whole thing—it seems that it’s
always beautiful. Planets. Lives. But close up a world’s
all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life’s a hard
job; you get tired; you lose the patterns.
-Ursula K. Leguin

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a
spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think
with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame
within us.
-Albert Schweitzer

Blessing the Space Between Us
[especially when love and hurt are simultaneous; written
by a friend I will be spending part of Thanksgiving with;
title adapted from John O’Donohue]
May the presence and power of spirit surround, support
and guide us and keep us safe.
May we remember the deep love we have for each other.
May we greet our emerging differences with tenderness
and tolerance.
May we call on our courage to speak our truth, and reveal
our vulnerabilities.
May we reflect back to others without blaming or shaming.
May we hear the truth others speak with compassion.
May we have patience with their process and emergence.
May we pause, breathe, and let ourselves settle.
May we stand in love and strength together.
May our rough edges be doorways to healing.
-Bette Acuff

12-01-08 Weekly Quotes: Life is Fragile, Love is the Glue

Life is fragile;
Love is the glue.
– seen on a bumper sticker at Spirit Rock Meditation Center

12-08-08 Weekly Quotes: The Peace of Wild Things

The Peace of Wild Things
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives
may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron
feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
and I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

-Wendell Berry, Collected Poems

12-15-08 Weekly Quotes [from E-Newsletter]: Taking Stock

Taking Stock
When we finally know we are dying, and all other sentient
beings are dying with us, we start to have a burning,
almost heart-breaking sense of the fragility and preciousness
of each moment and each being, and from this can grow
a deep, clear, limitless compassion for all beings.
-Sogyal Rinpoche

The person that loses their conscience has nothing left
worth keeping.
-Izaak Walton

The dignity of man requires obedience to a higher law,
to the strength of the spirit.
-Mohandis K. Gandhi

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become
a man of worth.
-Albert Einstein

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed,
revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Never throw out anyone.
-Audrey Hepburn

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and
you help them become what they are capable of being.
-Goethe

When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
If I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
Or full of argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this
world.
-Mary Oliver

[one of my favorite carols from childhood, first published
in 1863, during the American Civil War:]
I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play
And mild and sweet the words repeat,
Of peace on earth, good will to men.
I thought how as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had roll’d along th’ unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.
And in despair I bow’d my head:
‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said,
‘For hate is strong, and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.’
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
‘God is not dead, not doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.’
‘Til ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it
all the year.
-Charles Dickens

12-22-08 Weekly Quotes: Candles for Solstice

Candles for Solstice
Candles of light in the darkness,
Candles of grace in the suffering,
Candles of joy despite all sadness,
Candles of hope were despair keeps watch,
Candles of courage for fears ever present,
Candles of peace for tumultuous days,
Candles of forgiveness for all the difficulties
Candles of love to embrace all that is Life,
Candles that will burn all the year long.
Linda Graham

12-29-08 Weekly Quotes: Year-End, Life-End Reflections

Year-End Reflections
There should be a word that means beginning/end, because
nothing begins without something dying.
-Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth that around
every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end
in nature, but every end is a beginning, and under every
deep a lower deep opens.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

To live in this world you must be able to do three things:
to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to
let it go, to let it go.
-Mary Oliver

* * * * *
How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence
when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent
in life, when one finds darkness not only in one’s
culture but within one’s self? If there is a stage
at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must
be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts
responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox.
One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if
all contradictions were eliminated at once, life would
collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great
pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making
your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.
-Barry Lopez

* * * * *
It’s not so much that we’re afraid of change
or so in love with the old ways, but it’s that place
in between that we fear. It’s like being between
trapezes. It’s Linus when his blanket is in the dryer.
There’s nothing to hold on to.
-Marilyn Ferguson

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and
seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real
security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more
security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement
there is life, and in change there is power.
-Alan Cohen

We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve
planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
-Joseph Campbell, The Joseph Campbell Companion
* * * * *

Deep unspeakable suffering may well be called a baptism,
a regeneration, the initiation into a new state.
-George Eliot

I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the
hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories
don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life
is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment
and making the best of it, without knowing what’s
going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.
-Gilda Radner

You don’t get to choose how you’re going to
die. Or when. You can only decide how you’re going
to live. Now.
Remember that no man loses any other life than this which
he now lives, nor lives any other than this which he now
loses.
-Marcus Aurelius

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states
we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish
to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
-Anais Nin

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I
wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.
-Isaac Asimov

* * * * *
When we finally know we are dying, and all other sentient
beings are dying with us, we start to have a burning, almost
heartbreaking sense of the fragility and preciousness of
each moment and each being, and from this can grow a deep,
clear, limitless compassion for all beings.
-Sogyal Rinpoche

Nothing is life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
-Marie Curie

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention
of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body,
but rather an opportunity to skid in broadside, thoroughly
used up and totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow,
What a Ride!’
-Author unknown, contributed by Marti Elvebak

* * * * *
Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful
blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous
inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains
and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they
will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful
as life.
-John Muir

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world
The master calls a butterfly.
-Richard Bach

I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the
night.
– epitaph on the grave of an unknown astronomer

* * * * *
Thou hast made me know to friends whom I knew not. Thou
hast given me seats in homes not my own. Thou hast brought
the distant near and made a brother of the stranger.
I am uneasy at heart when I have to leave my accustomed
shelter; I forget that there abides the old in the new,
and that there also thou abidest.
Through birth and death, in this world or in others,
wherever thou leadest me it is thou, the same, the one
companion of my endless life who ever linkest my heart
with bonds of joy to the unfamiliar.
When one knows thee, then alien there is none, then no
door is shut. Oh, grant me my prayer that I may never lose
the bliss of the touch of the one in the play of the many.
-Rabindranath Tagore

* * * * *
DEEPENING THE WONDER

Death is a favor to us,
But our scales have lost their balance.

The impermanence of the body
Should give us great clarity,
Deepening the wonder in our senses and eyes

Of this mysterious existence we share
And are surely just traveling through.

If I were in the Tavern tonight,
Hafiz would call for drinks

And as the Master pours, I would be reminded
That all I know of life and myself is that

We are just a mid-air flight of golden wine
Between His Pitcher and His Cup.

If I were in the Tavern tonight,
I would buy freely for everyone in this world

Because our marriage with the cruel beauty
Of time and space does not endure very long.

Death is a favor to us,
But our minds have lost their balance.

The miraculous existence and impermanence of Form
Always makes the Illumined Ones
Laugh and sing.
-Hafiz