Church lady sucker punch, didn’t see it coming and I’m still spinning.
Hey folks ~
The original plan was to write a sentence everyday for 108 days. Plans got derailed – since I began 108 Days of American Sentence, my sweet man had emergency open heart surgery. I’ve been with him along the entire journey – from being in the room when he was diagnosed with an aneurysm in his heart along with the prognosis, to the surgery and the excruciating days directly afterward, and now along the slow forward and back and zigzag course of healing. This experience has been intense and terrifying and deeply human – and despite how scary – there is the gift of deep love, trust, warmth, benevolence, and comfort along the path .
These sentences were to be a meditation of sorts, I’m glad to be getting back to them.
I’m sure I will write more about this open heart passage – I’m mostly exhausted right now. I do know this – if you love someone: tell them, show them, be kind everyday.
“Did you really think that fear, hatred, violence and control freaks could achieve victory over love, forgiveness and creativity!?” – Geordie Numata, Deer Spirit Reiki
“If I knew where the good songs came from, I’d go there more often.” ~ Leonard Cohen
“I’m very fond of Jesus Christ. He may be the most beautiful guy who walked the face of this earth. Any guy who says ‘Blessed are the poor. Blessed are the meek’ has got to be a figure of unparalleled generosity and insight and madness…A man who declared himself to stand among the thieves, the prostitutes and the homeless. His position cannot be comprehended. It is an inhuman generosity. A generosity that would overthrow the world if it was embraced because nothing would weather that compassion . . .” – Leonard Cohen
“Poems are a hotline to our hearts, and we forget this emotional power at our peril.” – Andrew Motion
“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” ― Osho
“What a revolutionary proposition to realize that your heartbrokenness turns out to be the key to your willingness to remember what it takes to be a human being.” ~ Stephen Jenkinson
“You are my inspiration and my folly. You are my light across the sea, my million nameless joys, and my day’s wage. You are my divinity, my madness, my selfishness, my transfiguration and purification. You are my rapscallionly fellow vagabond, my tempter and star. I want you.” – George Bernard Shaw
“Let the beauty you love be what you do. There are thousands of ways we kneel and kiss the earth.” ~ Rumi
“Our hearts resonate at the same frequency as the earth and the universe. Therefore, we are all valuable instruments in the orchestration of the world and its harmony.” ~ Suzy Kassem
“…with our love, we could save the world…” ~ George Harrison
Above:Concert for George Harrison – Anoushka Shankar and Jeff Lynne playing The Inner Light
“Who has not sat before his own heart’s curtain? It lifts: and the scenery is falling apart.”–Rilke
“Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.” ~ Clive Barker
“As much as I love beginner’s mind, though, I advocate an additional
discipline: cultivating a beginner’s heart. That means approaching every
encounter imbued with a freshly invoked wave of love that is as pure as if
you’re feeling it for the first time.” – Rob Brezsny
“In the act of forgiving the ‘other’ the radiance of the self is actually freed…. Enter now into this radiant, flowing wholeness that is offered by the Divine to release anything that you have not, until this moment, loved into wholeness.” – Ariel Spilsburg, 13 Moon Oracle
“I do not understand how anyone can live without some small place of enchantment to turn to.” – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Below is a lovely meditative short video by Mama Maga on the energy of each chakra. Try consciously running a situation or topic that repeatedly comes up for you through each chakra. Listen to what your energy has to say to you from the perspective of the chakra mantra.
My friend Bradley Olsen shared the video. He is a beautiful writer as well as a psychotherapist with a “particular interest in Jungian Analytical Psychology and Mythological Studies“. He wrote: This is what’s missing in our culture right now; genuine, deep, frightening, painful, vulnerable love. Love of others and of self. I’m afraid we’ve mistaken narcissism and inflated egos for genuine love. What a lovely film clip.
Our culture is in a sad state. A boy died at the university where I work yesterday. He was shot and killed by another boy. I wrote this to a friend: At first when I heard the news I went into a spin about how kids are being turned into numbers/consumers who are taught how to be automatons trained to produce and consume in a disconnected world rather than human beings who are [loving] creative critical thinkers – and how maybe that is why there is so much more violence on campuses (and in general in this country).
This disconnect really comes down to love. It is this simple beautiful thing that is taught out of us, starved, beaten, bankrupted, neglected, withheld, smothered, abused, sexualized, homogenized, marginalized, advertised, commercialized, trivialized, sterilized, dehumanized out of us.
We have to stop hiding it. We have to let love out so we can let love back in.
Giving and receiving love is our birthright.
Thanks so much for reading and viewing.
Have a beautiful, peaceful, love-filled day (and life)!
I took this photo a few weeks ago while visiting the spot where I spread my sister’s ashes. I’d been feeling so much grief, so much weariness, so much loss over the last few months. A lot of crying, a lot of cleansing tears.
Finally, I let the space embrace me. The trees, the grasses, the earth, the stones – and my sister’s spirit, too – all there offering support.
If you’ve got no one to hug, hug a tree. Hug the earth. A little love goes a long way.
“For small beings such as we, the vastness is only bearable through love.” ~ Carl Sagan
“Love asks us that we be a little braver than is comfortable, a little more generous, a little more flexible. It means living on the edge more than we care to.” ~ Norman Mailer
“Whether or not you believe in God, you can probably sign on to the idea that being kind to others is divine. Just remember to include yourself in that circle of kindness.” ~ Saul Bass
“If grass can grow through cement, love can find you at every time in your life.” – Cher
“We are all born for love. It is the principal of existence, and its only end.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli
“We need 4 hugs a day for survival.
We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance.
We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” ~ Virginia Satir
“I don’t really want to become normal, average, standard. I want merely to gain in strength, in the courage to live out my life more fully, enjoy more, experience more. I want to develop even more original and more unconventional traits.” ~Anais Nin
“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish it’s source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.” ~Anais Nin
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” ~ Anais Nin
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I suspect the most we can hope for, and it’s no small hope, is that we never give up, that we never stop giving ourselves permission to try to love and receive love.” ~Elizabeth Strout
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” ~Thornton Wilder
“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” ~Jean Baptiste Massieu
“Love is stronger than death.” ~ Thomas Merton
“What I’ve come to learn is that the world is never saved in grand messianic gestures, but in the simple accumulation of gentle, soft, almost invisible acts of compassion.” ~ Chris Abani