Friday, 30 April 2010

What I found out today. 0137

Today I am wondering about the concept of home, of belonging, of identity and identities, of friends and places, of being able to be the same person in all those places we go to and all the faces we happen to see and all those encounters we have. Days are full. Hearts are full and it's absolutely amazing when places you call familiar are welcoming you.
Someone once said that home is not where you live but where they understand you... What if it's more than one place? What if those places are so different, you wouldn't even dare to compare them...?!.. What is all in all your home is your journey? Even if it is in strippey socks :)

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

What I found out today. o135

If you give what can be taken, you are not really giving.
Take what you are given, not what you want to be given.
Give what cannot be taken.
~ Idries Shah

All my life, I thought of love as some kind of voluntary enslavement… Freedom only exists when love is present. The person who gives him or herself wholly, the person who feels freest, is the person who loves the most.
No one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone. That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without owning it.
~ From Maria's diary, Eleven Minutes

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

What I found out today. o133

"Everything tells me that I am about to make a wrong decision, but making mistakes is just part of life. What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I didn't have the courage to say "yes" to life?
I made my first mistake when I was eleven years old, when that boy asked me if I could lend him a pencil; since then , I've realised that sometimes you get no second chance and that it's best to accept the gifts the world offers you. Of course it's risky, but is the risk any greater than the chance of the bus that took forty-eight hours to bring me here having an accident? If I must be faithful to someone or something, then I have, first of all, to be faithful to myself. If I'm looking for true love, I first have to get the mediocre loves out of my system. The little experience of life I've had has taught me that no one owns anything, that everything is an illusion - and that applies to material as well as spiritual things. Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever (as has happened often enough to me already) finally comes to realise that nothing really belongs to them.
And if nothing belongs to me, then there's no point wasting my time looking after things that aren't mine; it's best to live as if today were the first (or last) day of my life."
~ P.Coelho "11 minutes"

Friday, 9 April 2010

What I found out today. o131

The Invitation

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon...
I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments.

by Oriah from her book THE INVITATION © Mountain Dreaming, published by HarperONE, San Francisco, 1999 All rights reserved.

Thursday, 8 April 2010

What I found out today. o13o

Every experience is there to teach you something, to show you something, to proof that life is so absolutely full of surprises, magic and unexpected adventures.
And every adventure is there for you to seize. Some bring you back to the places you've known but never looked at in quite that kind of way. Some teach you that the only way to cross the ocean is to let go of fear to loose sight of the shore. And some, they just show you a way back to who you truly are. And it is simply fabulous!