Wednesday, February 17, 2010

--let all go
so comes love

E.E. Cummings

Except for this point, this
Still point
There would be no dance
And there is only the

T.S. Elliot

"Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly" —G K Chesterton

"It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in nightmare.  All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or the other of these destinations.  It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is the awe and circumspection proper to them that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics.  There are no ordinary people.  You have never talked to a mere mortal."
C.S. Lewis

"The idea that there is a goal. . . is wrong. We are the goal; we are always peace. To get rid of the idea that we are not peace is all that is required."  —Ramana Maharshi

"Let the beauty we love be what we do."  —Rumi

"The only evil is that which lurks within our own hearts. This is where all of our battles should be fought."
Mahatma Gandhi

"In humility is the greatest freedom.  As long as you have to defend the imaginary self that you think is important, you lose your peace of heart.  As soon as you compare that shadow with the shadows of other people, you lose all joy, because you have begun to trade in unrealities and there is no joy in things that do not exist."
Thomas Merton

"By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired."  —Franz Kafka

"What is, is here and now.
When we find that out, when we do our one percent of the work,
the other ninety-nine is right there,

The other ninety-nine percecent—which is miracle, magic, grace—requires nothing to comprehend.
No study.
No effort.
All we have to do is master the one percent.
It's not confusing, it's not paradoxical, it's perfectly obvious.
This whole vast unknown, indescribable brilliance—and we don't have to do anything—God's got it covered."
M. Young, As It Is

"In a field
I am the absence
of field.
This is always the case.
Wherever I am
I am what is missing.

When I walk
I part the air
And always
the air moves in
to fill the spaces
where my body's been.

We all have reasons
for moving.
I move
to keep things whole."

Mark Strand, Keeping Things Whole