Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day!

For all Twin Souls --
Lovers and Beloveds -- 
May this day be a celebration
of deep, unitive love.

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

A Lovely Little Book, Part 2

     Last week I was sharing how much I enjoyed reading through the book, Wisdom: Moments of Mindfulness from Indian Spiritual Leaders (Mini) by Danielle and Olivier Follmi.  I found many of the quotes, some of which are centuries old, to be profoundly relevant to today.  The pages were further enhanced by Olivier's fabulous photographs from many parts of India.

     May I share two more quotes, which I think pertain to today's push for change?  They come from Mahatma Gandhi.  We need to become students again of Gandhi's ideology which aims for social change through non-violent (non-resistant) means.  His words still ring true in today's climate:
When restraint and courtesy are added to strength, the latter becomes irresistible.
and:
The noblest moral law is that we should unremittingly work for the good of mankind.
     True then, true now.  
 

Saturday, February 1, 2020

A Lovely Little Book

     I recently finished reading through a beautiful little book entitled Wisdom: Moments of Mindfulness from Indian Spiritual Leaders (Mini).  It is put together by the couple, Danielle and Olivier Follmi.  He is a fabulous photographer, and she gathered some pithy quotes from the Indian spiritual tradition.  Together, they produced a book that can be enjoyed again and again.

     Last month I featured a couple of quotes from this book.  Here is one more:
A profound understanding of religions allows the destruction of the barriers that separate them.  (Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948)
     I highly recommend this book.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Another Relevant Quote

We must learn to love those who think exactly opposite to us.
We have humanity as a background, but each must have
his own individuality and his own thought.
Push the sects forwards and forwards till
each man and woman are sects unto themselves.
We must learn to love the man who differs from us in opinion.
We must learn that differentiation is the life of thought.
We have one common goal and that is the
perfection of the human soul, the god within us.

Swami Vivekananada (1863-1902)


Saturday, January 18, 2020

A Lovely Quote

In your veins, and in mine, there is only one blood,
the same life that animates us all!
Since one unique mother begat us all,
where did we learn to divide ourselves?

Kabir (c.1440-1518)

Saturday, January 11, 2020

A New Year, a New Chance

     I know that many of us like to start the year with fresh hopes for betterment of ourselves and of the world.  Along side that, I think we can all sense that winds of change are blowing away old ways of thinking and old ways of living.  I applaud the courage of every person who stands for change, whether within themselves, or as a member of a society that needs changing.

     But I would like to remind us all that change is far more than pushing away the stuff you don't like.  To do that only breeds resistance, and you know the old saying, "What you resist persists."  That's very true whether on the personal level or in societal structures.

     It's far better to go around that stuff and aim higher.  By that I mean that we need to acknowledge that wrongs, faults, and injustices exist but to hold as our goal the establishment of something better to replace it.  We need to have the courage and persistence to fight FOR what we want, not AGAINST what we don't want.

     So whether your issue for this year is person, say, weight loss or stopping smoking or gossiping, or whether it is societal or global, say, climate change, plastic pollution, economic inequality, overpopulation (why do so many people ignore this issue, which is at the root of so many other issues we face?), wars, poverty, hunger, illiteracy, and so on, I strongly urge us all to imagine what its preferred opposite might be and to work for that.

     Up and at 'em.  Keep the faith.  Have courage.

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