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
“I believe that love that is true and real, creates a respite from death. All cowardice comes from not loving or not loving well, which is the same thing… It is because they make love with sufficient passion, to push death out of their minds… until it returns, as it does, to all men… and then you must make really good love again.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
“Love is how it feels to recognize our essential unity. Awakening to oneness is the experience of Big Love. Knowing you are one with all, you find yourself in love with all.” ~ Timothy Freke
“Remember the emphasis on the heart. The mind lives in doubt and the heart lives in trust. When you trust, suddenly you become centered.” ~ Osho
“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones
“His eyes were wide open. I was holding in my arms the person I loved the most in the world, and talking to him as he died. His heart stopped. He wasn’t afraid. I had gotten to walk with him to the end of the world. Life – so beautiful, painful and dazzling – does not get better than that. And death? I believe that the purpose of death is the release of love.” – Laurie Anderson
“You do what you love, or you get arrested.” -Lou Reed