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Every time I find
the meaning of life,
they change it.
~ Reinhold Niebuhr
liveonearth: (Rain Lake)

People say

that what we’re all seeking

is a meaning

for life.

I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking.

I think that what we’re seeking

is an experience

of being

alive.

– Joseph Campbell

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In the end, only three things matter:
how much you loved, how gently you lived,
and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.


--attributed to the Buddha,
and paraphrased by many
liveonearth: (elephant on trampoline)
I think everybody
should get rich and famous
and do everything they ever dreamed of
so they can see
that it's not the answer.

--Jim Carrey as quoted in Forbes.com
liveonearth: (House religion psychosis)
We are all, to some extent, crazy. If you come to know any human being well enough, you eventually gain access to the basement where the traumas and wounds and deprivations are stored; rummage in there for a while, and you begin to understand the neuroses and fixations that shape his or her personality. The successful, reasonably happy people I've known are nuts in a way that works for them. Those who struggle and suffer fail to turn their preoccupations to some meaningful use. Next week, the American Psychiatric Association release the latest version of its bible of mental illnesses, the DSM-5, which catalogs about 300 categories of crazy. Critics of all kinds have lined up to assail this dictionary of disorders as subjective and lacking in scientific validity--assembled primarily to justify the prescribing of pills of dubious value.

About 50 percent of the population, the APA admits, will have one of its listed disorders at some point in their lives. Shy, like Emily Dickinson? You have "avoidant personality disorder." Obsessed with abstractions and numbers? You have "autistic spectrum disorder," like Isaac Newton. Suffer form "narcissistic personality disorder," with some hypersexuality thrown in? You must be a politician. To be skeptical of these neat categories isn't to deny that minds get broken, stuck, or lost, and need help finding their way out of misery. But psychotherapy remains an art, not a science; there is no bright line between nuts or not. If you're an old lady who lives amid piles of newspapers and personal treasures, you have "hoarding disorder." If you're a CEO who exploits sweatshop labor to pile up countless billions, you're on the cover of Forbes.


--William Faulk (editor-in-chief) in The Week, May 24, 2013 issue.

QotD: Life

Feb. 4th, 2013 03:55 pm
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The same stream of life
that runs through my veins night and day
runs through the world
and dances in rhythmic measures.
It is the same life
that shoots in joy
through the dust of the earth
in numberless blades of grass
and breaks into tumultuous waves
of leaves and flowers.

― Rabindranath Tagore
liveonearth: (stone arch doorway)
The Pentagon began tracking active duty military suicides in 2001. They begin rising in 2006, soared in 2009 then leveled. Military suicides hit a record high in 2012. Exceeded combat deaths in Afghanistan in 2012. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta calls it an epidemic. All branches are suffering.
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There’s a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change. But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread.

~~William Stafford




as accessed here
http://www.panhala.net/Archive/The_Way_It_Is.html
liveonearth: (peace sign)
There is no profit
in curing the body
if in the process
we destroy the soul.

--Samuel Golter, City of Hope
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Laughter Filled Voices

How terrible to love what can perish
All that you care for, treasure and cherish.
How tormented, lost and sickened you’ll be
For all that is gone, no longer to see.
We clutch to our breast and pray it will last
Future uncertain, too soon it is past.
What value we place on things that we prize
Too often, how much and what is the size?
When all of these things are really a joke
Reality made of mirrors and smoke.
Memories, love, laughter in stitches
Intangible things make up life’s riches.
These will survive never die or expire
Enduring and timeless, sure to inspire.
Everything you touch, clutch or hold on to
Will all pass away, matters not what you do.
Think with your heart when making your choices
Don’t pass up love and laughter filled voices.

--D.S.Knight
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Have you just been diagnosed with cancer? Well then, be with the cancer. Recognize that everything you think about the cancer--positive or negative--is merely an interpretation of it. You are deciding what it means.

Do not decide what something means. Just let it be and dwell with it, move with it, breathe with it. Be free of thoughts about it and you will begin to understand it. You may not be able to put your understanding in words, or perhaps you may. It does not matter. Insight will come.

--Paul Ferrini
in Love Without Conditions, p150
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Buddha nature is not regarded as a peaceful state of mind or, for that matter, as a disturbed one either. It is a state of intelligence that questions our life and the meaning of life. It is the foundation of a search. A lot of things haven't been answered in our life - and we are still searching for the questions. That questioning is buddha nature. It is a state of potential. The more dissatisfaction, the more questions, and more doubts there are, the healthier it is, for we are no longer sucked into ego-oriented situations, but we are constantly woken up.
- Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Ocean of Dharma
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Being successful doesn't make us happy. But being happy (having
good relationships, good autonomy, doing something meaningful) is
more likely to make us successful.

--Sonia Simone

Justice is what love looks like when it speaks out in public.
--Bill Sinkford
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The least of things
with a meaning
is worth more in life
than the greatest of things
without it.

--Carl Jung, "Modern Man in Search of a Soul"
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How a 2-Minute Story Helps You Lead
Stew Friedman: Better Leader, Richer Life | 3:53 PM Tuesday August 4, 2009
http://blogs.harvardbusiness.org/friedman/2009/08/how-a-2minute-story-can-help-y.html
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Jun. 20th, 2009 10:23 am
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An absorbing interest, a great love,
a definite purpose in life is the deciding factor of man's happiness on earth.
~ Edward Bach, MD

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