Monday, 31 May 2010

What I found out today. o146

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.

Saturday, 29 May 2010

What I found out today. o145

your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission. be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is a light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances. know them.
take them.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
in you.

~ Charles Bukowski

P.S. "'s all about believing, and if we believe in something, then that's real, isn't it? And if enough people believe in the same thing, then ... that's reality."

~ the Million Dollar Hotel

Friday, 28 May 2010

What I found out today. 0144

The cage of independence. From the cat lives...

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

What I found out today. o143

If the doors of perception were cleansed,

everything would appear as it is - infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through narrow chinks of his cavern.

~ William Blake

Monday, 24 May 2010

What I found out today. o142

"If you think you can live without suffering, that's a great step forward, but don't imagine that other people will understand you. True, no one wants to suffer, and yet nearly every
one seeks out pain and sacrifice, and then they feel justified, pure, deserving of the respect of their children, husbands, neighbours, God. Don't let's think about that now; all you need to know is that what makes the world go round is not the search of pleasure, but the renunciation of all that is important.
Does a soldier go to war in order to kill the enemy? No, he goes in order to die for his country. Does a wife want to show her husband how happy she is? No, she wants him to see how devoted she is, how she suffers in order to make him happy. Does the husband go to work thinking he will find personal fulfilment there? No, he is giving his sweat and tears for the good of the family. And so it goes on: sons give their dreams to please their parents, parents give up their lives
in order to please their children; pain and suffering are used to justify the one thing that should bring only joy: love."
~ P. Coelho

Just for today, I will not worry
Just for today, I will not be angry
Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings
Just for today, I will do my work honestly
Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing
Just for today, I will be joyous
Just for today, I will be peaceful
Just for today, I will recognize miracles
Just for today, I will practice right speech and be honest in all I do
Just for today, I will love and appreciate all sentient beings.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

What I found out today. o141

I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It’s all a question of how I view my life.
~ P.Coelho

And when you start a day listening to tango, it all appears to be quite clear ---

bajar bajar bajar
yet don't get addicted to it. Flirt with it a little, enjoy it for a moment; don't forget it's a powerful drug. yet don't make it part of your life.

Nothing is personal they say and everything is not always as it seems. I have lived so many lives and yet I am only one night old. And it's beautiful to wake up with tango in your head ---

p.s. and you can actually hear the pictures!

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

What I found out today. o14o

Today I am discovering new unexpected things. The art of observing and giving attention. It's absolutely beautiful and fascinating. Because you only notice the new within the old only when you let yourself be surprised.

"There are no events but thoughts and the heart's hard turning, the heart's slow learning where to love and whom. The rest is merely gossip, and tales for other times."
~ Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm (from Into the Wild, p200)

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

What I found out today. o139

"..really important meetings are planned by the souls long before the bodies see each other.
Generally speaking, these meetings occur when we reach a limit, when we need to die and be reborn emotionally. These meetings are waiting for us, but more often than not, we avoid them happening. If we are desperate, though, if we have nothing to lose, or if we are full of enthusiasm for life, then the unknown reveals itself, and our universe changes direction.
Everyone knows how to love, because we are all born with that gift. Some people have a natural talent for it, but the majority of us have to re-learn, to remember how to love, and everyone, without exception, needs to burn on the bonfire of past emotions, to relive certain joys and griefs, certain ups and downs, until they can see the connecting thread that exists behind each new encounter; because there is a connecting thread."

~ P. Coelho

Monday, 3 May 2010

What I found out today. o138

Your beloved and your friends were once strangers. Somehow at a particular time, they came from the distance toward your life. Their arrival seemed so accidental and contingent. Now your life is unimaginable without them. Similarly, your identity and vision are composed of a certain constellation of ideas and feelings that surfaced from the depths of the distance within you. To lose these now would be to lose yourself.
~John O'Donohue "Anam Cara"

I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.

*photo by E.Kvartunaite