Thursday, December 18, 2014

christmas is just around the corner

Everything you are looking at
You have already seen once
Through the eyes of love.
In this second vision,
Do not judge.
For you do not know
what needs your help here.
And you do not know
what has come to serve you.
Assume there is wisdom in every devastation,
And awakening power in every wound.
And every feeling you push away
May contain medicine.
Gentleness is the only answer.

Jeff Foster

People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, 
at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, 
at the circular motion of the stars; 
and they pass by themselves without wondering.

Augustine of Hippo, “Confessions”

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I sit before flowers

hoping they will train me in the art
of opening up
that avalanches will teach me to let go

I stand on mountain tops believing
I know
but I am here to learn.

Shane Koyczan

vincent van gogh

Monday, November 17, 2014

Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps 
of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. 
Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life 
you deserved and have never been able to reach. 
The world you desire can be won. It exists… it is real… it is possible… it’s yours.

Ayn Rand

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Show me how to be brave. 
How to be made of still and steady ground instead of waves, 
or rocks instead of fire, and flickering, dying flame. 
How to walk in the storm and not be swallowed by wind, 
or how to breathe when your throat feels as though it’s rapidly tightening, and closing in. 
Help me speak the truth. 
How to pass along words that may be hard to swallow, 
how to not ignore all things that must be noticed. 
Guide me on how to be wrong. 
How to knock on a door and apologize, how to listen hard to feedback, 
how to nod and agree when I should simply go along.
 Help me unlearn what I’ve learned, unravel what shouldn’t stay tied, 
and walk away, even when it will never feel comfortable, gentle, or right.

Victoria Erickson, Writer 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

'We are taught to be afraid of the dark. 
We are taught to be afraid of difference. We are taught to be afraid of each other. 
We are taught to be afraid. Period.
Difference is a construct. Difference separates us. 
Separation makes it possible to harm one another and feel justified in doing so. 
There are differences between us. 
That’s what makes us beautiful. Differences can be feared or respected;
 honored or betrayed. 
Difference is often used against the “different…'

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