Revisiting an Old Favorite

Sometimes the important things you read as a teenager or young adult make you wince when you come across them again years later.

I was (big surprise) browsing in an antique store this past weekend and came across an old favorite that didn’t disappoint me forty-five years after I first read it. In fact, I bought the inexpensive framed poster and just need to figure where to hang it. Anyway, I thought I’d share this and see how it strikes others, whether it’s an old friend or a new:

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Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
woman singingBe yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

brigitTherefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

© Max Ehrmann 1927

As always,

Blessings to All

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We Are The World…

We Are The World

We are the children…

Sending Christmas wishes to all. Peace on Earth, Good will to humans.

Osho Zen’s commentary on this wreath of humanity dancing is a lovely wish for us each to celebrate love in all its colors and flavors. Whatever spiritual path you follow, may the true meaning of Christmas be with you as you walk this holiday season.

When thousands and thousands of people around the earth are celebrating, singing, dancing, ecstatic, drunk with the divine, there is no possibility of any global suicide. With such festivity and with such laughter, with such sanity and health, with such naturalness and spontaneity, how can there be a war?… Life has been given to you to create, and to rejoice, and to celebrate. When you cry and weep, when you are miserable, you are alone. When you celebrate, the whole existence participates with you. Only in celebration do we meet the ultimate, the eternal. Only in celebration do we go beyond the circle of birth and death.   (Osho I Celebrate Myself Chapter 4)
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Commentary:
Humanity is depicted here as a rainbow of beings, dancing around the mandala of the earth with their hands joined together in joy and gratitude for the gift of life. This card represents a time of communication, of sharing the riches that each of us brings to the whole. There is no clinging here, no grasping. It is a circle without fear of feelings of inferiority and superiority. When we recognize the common source of our humanity, the common origins of our dreams and longings, our hopes and fears, we are able to see that we are all joined together in the great miracle of existence. When we can combine our tremendous inner wealth to create a treasure of love and wisdom that is available to all, we are linked together in the exquisite pattern of eternal creation.
 

Blessings, Peace and Love! or, in other words:

Feliz Navidad ♦ Merry Christmas ♦ Joyeux Noel ♦ Natale allegro ♦ Boas Festas ♦ Glaedilig Jul ♦ Hauskaa Joulua!…

Birds and Thanksgiving Blessings

I’m alone today and enjoying it immensely!

Of course, alone is a relative term. No people — but 3 cats, flocks of birds, a ham baking in the oven, and happy indecision about what music to listen to.

In honor of Thanksgiving Day, I slipped out to the supermarket and replenished my bird feeding supplies. I put up woodpecker treats, new suet baskets, thistle seed socks, and refilled all the feeders.

I’ve got special high-priced cat food for the 3 beasties, and bought a sweet potato pie for dessert.

It’s quiet in the house now — the lovely stillness of a peaceful day, with no worries that can’t wait until tomorrow; no sorrows that can’t be put away; and no fears that can’t be soothed by birdsong and music.

Blessings of the day to all.

And so it is.

 

Frazzled

I’ve been feeling that way the past few days. Too many things going on, too many balls in the air at once. It’s time to slow down a little and breathe… Just breathe.

…ah, that’s better.

Seriously though, I am struggling with finding and keeping my centered, calm, wise-self in charge right now. I’ve got a lot of chaos in my head and can’t seem to find the quiet time to figure out that’s up.

Last night, I took the time to drive to a beautiful spot called Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smokies. I watched the majestic and amazing elk as they grazed at sunset. then I drove back up out of the valley and home to Asheville. 

Elk at Cataloochee

Elk at Cataloochee

It was a great first step to reclaiming my peace. I didn’t take pictures this visit but I’ll dig out one I took in the past to post.

The elk were reintroduced to the park a few years ago and they have thrived. A huge bull was very full of himself last night — bellowing and running at another younger bull (who wisely backed off). 

Maybe I’ve just been too full of self-ness — trying to do, trying to stay in charge, trying too hard.

Some good food for thought.

Harmony

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Harmony

I started to say that I am wordless today, but clearly it wasn’t so.  It is Dennis’ birthday — he would have been 57. 

It’s also the anniversary of the last time I saw him.  I brought him a festive goody bag — Pepsi, snacks, tobacco, a new book, some other odds and ends. We visited but he was pretty spacey and depressed.

None of the other residents at the group home had known it was his birthday until I arrived. Then everyone wished him the best and made a friendly fuss over him.

Two weeks later he was dead.

So my own words aren’t enough today. I’m staying busy, and plan to meet friends this evening to toast the best of Dennis’ life and tell stories of the amazing man he was before mental illness struck him down.  I am grateful for the harmony I have achieved this year with the help of some amazing support people (you all know who you are, don’t you?).

Here are the words of wisdom and healing from the Osho site about the card I “drew” at random today:

Listen to your heart, move according to your heart, whatsoever the stake: A condition of complete simplicity costing not less than everything…. To be simple is arduous, because to be simple costs everything that you have. You have to lose all to be simple.That’s why people have chosen to be complex and they have forgotten how to be simple. But only a simple heart throbs with God, hand in hand. Only a simple heart sings with God in deep harmony. To reach to that point you will have to find your heart, your own throb, your own beat.

Osho Dang Dang Doko Dang Chapter 3

 Commentary:

The experience of resting in the heart in meditation is not something that can be grasped or forced. It comes naturally, as we grow more and more in tune with the rhythms of our own inner silences. The figure on this card reflects the sweetness and delicacy of this experience. The dolphins that emerge from the heart and make an arc towards the third eye reflect the playfulness and intelligence that comes when we are able to connect with the heart and move into the world from there. Let yourself be softer and more receptive now, because an inexpressible joy is waiting for you just around the corner. Nobody else can point it out to you, and when you find it you won’t be able to find the words to express it to others. But it’s there, deep within your heart, ripe and ready to be discovered.

Peace, Love and Harmony to you all – and to you Dennis, always.