liveonearth: (moon)
We might think, as we become more open, that it's going to take bigger catastrophes for us to reach our limit. The interesting thing is that, as we open more and more, it's the big ones that immediately wake us up and the little things that catch us off guard. However, no matter what the size, color, or shape is, the point is still to lean toward the discomfort of life & see it clearly, rather than to protect ourselves from it.
~Pema Chodron
liveonearth: (pyramid eye)
"If I seem unduly clear to you,
you must have misunderstood
what I said."

--Alan Greenspan,
quoted in Reason.com
liveonearth: (moon)

NY TIMES OPINION PIECE: MOLLY WORTHEN SAYS STOP SAYING “I FEEL LIKE”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/01/opinion/sunday/stop-saying-i-feel-like.html

The PC-ness and softening of modern verbal communications has results in a net loss of meaning.  We can fix this, if we want.  Behind the cut is a good article arguing for awareness of this one particular phrase.  "I feel like" is often used to replace the words "I think", and it is not a feeling at all.  Feelings, that is emotions, are quite distinct from thoughts and judgements.  To be clear in our communications requires that we recognize and communicate that difference.

Read more... )

liveonearth: (dragon)

I do not risk my life.
I take risks in order to live.
I take risks because I love life,
not because I don’t.

--Stephen Koch, climber and extreme snowboarder

liveonearth: (Homer Simpson "D'oh!")
Reality is the leading cause of stress among those in touch with it.
--Lily Tomlin
liveonearth: (moon)
Notes on an online lecture by David Perlmutter MD on the effects of grains in the diet on brain function... his book on the same subject is just out.
notes )
liveonearth: (Default)
You can't depend on your judgement
when your imagination is out of focus.
--Mark Twain
liveonearth: (Lenticular Cloud)

The most living moment comes when
those who love each other meet each
other's eyes and in what flows
between them. To see your face
in a crowd of others, or alone on a
frightening street, I weep for that.
Our tears improve the earth. The
time you scolded me, your gratitude,
your laughing, always your qualities
increase the soul. Seeing you is a
wine that does not muddle or numb.
We sit inside the cypress shadow
where amazement and clear thought
twine their slow growth into us.
--Rumi (translated by Coleman Barks)
a little about Rumi )
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Because you are true warriors,
Despair is your call to basic goodness;
Doubt is the razor knife of clarity.
From your unrequited love springs vast vision.
From your unappeasable longing has risen
The constancy and discipline that shall restore the world.
--Gesar to the people of Ling from The Warrior Song of King Gesar
liveonearth: (Default)

She is clarity.
Hearing the truth,
she is like a lake,
pure and tranquil and deep.
Want nothing.
Where there is desire,
say nothing.
Happiness or sorrow,
whatever befalls you,
walk on untouched.

- Buddha in the Dhammapada

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