“Do not underestimate the spiritual dimension of this crisis. Take perspective of an eagle who sees everything from above with a wider view. There is a social demand in this crisis, but also a spiritual demand. Both go hand in hand.
Without the social dimension, we fall into fanaticism. Without the spiritual dimension, we fall into pessimism and futility….
Learn the resistance of the example of Indian and African peoples: we have been and are still being exterminated. But we never stopped singing, dancing, lighting a fire and having joy.
You have every right to be strong and positive. And…
“The world is made up of events, not things. Even the things that are most ‘thing-like’ are nothing more than long events.”
— Carlo Rovelli
A man whispered, “Creator speak to me” and a meadowlark sang. But, the man did not hear.
So the man yelled, “Universe, speak to me” and the thunder rolled across the sky. But, the man did not listen.
The man looked around and said, “let me see you.” And a star shined brightly. But the man did not see.
And, the man shouted, “show me a miracle.” And, a life was born. …
The heart forms first in the body. It channels the blueprints for the brain directly from the universe.
The heart builds the brain.
The heart builds the body.
The heart directs growth.
The heart fuels every cell.
Being opposed to the workings of our heart is suicidal.
Being forcibly separated from our heart via trauma is close to murder.
Refusing to have reverence for the heart is denying divinity.
Using the mind to dismiss or ignore the heart is abandonment and betrayal.
Systems that promote the mind or a system over the heart are perversions. …
The knowledge of the heart is in no book and is not to be found in the mouth of any teacher, but grows out of you like the green seed from the dark earth.
~ C. G. Jung
Love, by its very nature, is unworldly, and it is for this reason rather than its rarity that it is not only apolitical but antipolitical, perhaps the most powerful of all antipolitical human forces.
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. …
‘If you want to know how civilized culture is, look at how they treat women,
its animals, its nature, its minorities, the poor, the native people, and, in this cruel patriarchal culture, the list goes on.
— Bâcha Khan
If you can accept your body, then you have a chance to see your body as your home. You can rest in your body, settle in, relax, and feel joy and ease. If you don’t accept your body and your mind, you can’t be at home with yourself. You have to accept yourself as you are. This is a very…
“For, just as established religions assume the maleness of God, just as Freud and psychoanalysis assumed the maleness of libido, so have the social sciences — and in particular anthropology — assumed the generic maleness of human evolution. Both popular and academic anthropological writers have presented us with scenarios of human evolution that feature, almost exclusively, the adventures and inventions of man the hunter, man the toolmaker, man the territorial marker, and so forth. Woman is not comprehended as an evolutionary or evolutionizing creature. She is treated rather as an auxiliary to a male-dominated evolutionary process; she mothers him, she…
For the doom and gloom brigade. Sure, we can roll over, believe the end is near and give up. Or we can continue to build change on the collective energy of those awake. This is the choice the prophecies told us we would face… the voices of doom or the songs of renewal. Thanks, but I will sing.
— Jim Petruzzi
“It is part of the mystery of life on earth that the human soul can awaken, grow greater, and reveal inner gifts when everything turns dark and seems about to fall apart. Soul does not fear a downturn…
Look into a plum tree. In each plum on the tree there is a pit. That pit contains the plum tree and all previous generations of plum tree. The plum pit contains an eternity of plum trees. Inside the pit is an intelligence and wisdom that knows how to become a plum tree, how to produce branches, leaves, flowers and plums. It cannot do this on its own. It can only do this because it has received the experience and heritage of so many generations of ancestors. You are the same. …
“If I could not be peaceful in the midst of danger, then the kind of peace I might have in simpler times is meaningless. If I could not find peace in the midst of difficulty, I knew I would never know real peace.”
— Thich Nhat Hanh
At times, the wound will open and weep. This is its way to invite us inside, into intimacy with the shattering, and into the infinite open nature of the human heart….
While we’re wired to co-regulate with another, the nature of this “other” is oriented in the mystery and may be nearer…
There is nothing amazing about being highly educated; there is nothing amazing about being rich. Only when the individual has a warm heart do these attributes become worthwhile.
— His Holiness the great 14th Dalai Lama
To worship the Earth is not to deify her or believe she is any more sacred than ourselves. To worship the Earth is to love her, to take care of her, and to take refuge in her. When we suffer, the Earth embraces us, accepts us, and restores our energy, making us strong and stable again. The relief that we seek is right…
I occasionally write fiction and also about creativity, loving, language learning and psycho/spirituality. I’m a longtime painter and reader.