“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this:
A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive.
a touch is a blow,
a sound is a noise,
a misfortune is a tragedy,
a joy is an ecstasy,
a friend is a lover,
a lover is a god,
and failure is death.
Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create — so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.”
— Pearl S. Buck
Getting doors open
one after the other
is the essence of Prayer.
Every door is a passage,
another boundary we have
to go beyond.
We squeeze ourselves through,
and then we go.
the purpose of the Prayer
is not to stand and bow
all day long.
The purpose is to possess
that fragrant state
which appears to you
Asleep or awake,
writing or reading,
in every state
never be empty
Be rather one of those moving
Let the Beauty we love
be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways
to kneel in prayers
It is not that we have a short space of time, but that we waste much of it. Life is long enough, and it has been given in sufficiently generous measure to allow the accomplishment of the very greatest things if the whole of it is well invested. But when it is squandered in luxury and carelessness, when it is devoted to no good end, forced at last by the ultimate necessity we perceive that it has passed away before we were aware that it was passing. So it is—the life we receive is not short, but we make it so, nor do we have any lack of it, but are wasteful of it. Just as great and princely wealth is scattered in a moment when it comes into the hands of a bad owner, while wealth however limited, if it is entrusted to a good guardian, increases by use, so our life is amply long for him who orders it properly.
- Seneca, On the Shortness of Life
The world doesn’t need more ‘successful people.’ The world desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds. .
It needs people to live well in their places. People with moral courage, willing to join the struggle to make the world more habitable and more humane. These qualities have little to do with ‘success’ as our culture defines it.
~ Dalai Lama
Mon amour, sweet child of mine, you’re divine.
Hasn’t anyone ever told you it’s ok to shine?
~Lana Del Rey, ‘Bel Air’
The place where you are right now
God circled on a map for you
wherever your eyes and arms and heart can move
Against the earth and the sky,
the beloved has bowed there-
The beloved has bowed there knowing
You were coming…
Turn your back on those
Who would imprison your wondrous spirit
With deceit and lies.
Come, join the honest company
Of the King’s beggars -
Those gamblers, scoundrels and divine clowns
And those astonishing fair courtesans
Who need Divine Love every night.
Come, join the courageous
Who have no choice
But to bet their entire world
Indeed, God is Real.
I will lead you into the Circle
Of the Beloved’s cunning thieves,
Those playful royal rogues -
The ones you can trust for true guidance -
Who can aid you
In this Blessed Calamity of life.
Look at the Perfect One
At the Circle’s Center:
He Spins and Whirls like a Golden Compass,
Beyond all that is Rational,
To show this dear world
Everything in Existence
Does point to God.
Your body is your own. This may seem obvious.
But to inhabit your physical self fully, with no apology,
is a true act of power.
This sovereignty over your body may need to be cultivated.
Most of us have been colonized; other people’s ideas, desires,
and expectations have taken hold in our flesh. It takes some time
and effort to reclaim our own terrain.
Own yourself. Say no when you need to. Only then can you say
yes to the ravishment of love.
- Camille Maurine, Meditation Secrets for Women
As a woman returns from the descent, she takes back her body,
and in this act of reclamation, she takes back not only her personal
physical form but she embodies the sacredness of the feminine for all
of us. She begins to make conscious its needs.
Through conscious nutrition, exercise, bathing, rest taking,
healing, lovemaking, birthing, and dying she reminds us
of the sanctity of the feminine.
The sacred dimension is embodied, and the soul of a
human being as well as the soul of a culture cannot evolve
if the body is not reclaimed and honored.
- Maureen Murdock, The Heroine’s Journey