#4561 - Thursday, April 5, 2012 - Editor: Gloria Lee
- One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a
stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Struggling souls catch light
from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it.
- Dr. Clarissa Pinkola EstésHold on to what is good, even if it is a handful of earth. Hold on to what you
believe, even if it is a tree which stands by itself. Hold on to what you must do,
even if it is a long way from here. Hold on to life, even when it is easier letting
go. Hold on to my hand, even when I have gone away from you.- Pueblo Blessing
"Grainy Taste"Without a net, I catch a falcon
and release it to the sky, huntingGod. This wine I drink today was
never held in a clay jar. I lovethis world, even as I hear the great
wind of leaving it rising, for thereis a grainy taste I prefer to every
idea of heaven: human friendship.- Ghazal (Ode) 328
Version by Coleman Barks, with Nevit Erginvia Along The Wayphoto by Alan Larus
How can an unsteady mind make itself steady? Of
course it cannot. It is the nature of the mind to roam
about. All you can do is to shift the focus of con-
sciousness beyond the mind.- Nisargadatta Maharajvia Along The WayAll doubts will cease only when the doubter
and his source has been found. There is no
use removing doubts one by one. If we clear
one doubt, another doubt will arise and there
will be no end of doubts. But if, by seeking the
source of the doubter, the doubter is found to
be really non-existent, then all doubts will cease.- Sri Ramana Maharshiphoto by Russie Wight-Waltman"There is an old shed near my house. Each April, after their long journey from
Africa, the swallows return to the same nests in its rafters. They refurbish the
nests and soon new little swallows will hatch out there. It is fascinating that the
destination of such a huge continental journey is the fragile little grass and mud
homes in the roof of an abandoned shed. It suggests that one can undertake
any voyage if the destination is home. Humble or grand, home is where your
heart belongs.When it is a place of shelter and love, there is no place like home."John O'Donohue, "Benedictus"Halleluiah
Everyone should be born into this world happy
and loving everything.
But in truth it rarely works that way.
For myself, I have spent my life clamoring toward it.
Halleluiah, anyway I'm not where I started!
And have you too been trudging like that, sometimes
almost forgetting how wondrous the world is
and how miraculously kind some people can be?
And have you too decided that probably nothing important
is ever easy?
Not, say, for the first sixty years.
Halleluiah, I'm sixty now, and even a little more,
and some days I feel I have wings.
~ Mary Oliver
Web version: www.panhala.net/Archive/Halleluiah.htmlTo live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal;
to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when
the time comes to let it go, to let it go." - Mary OliverThis is what is means to answer the call, to commit to being here in a human
life, as a human being: to love what is mortal, to love what is unpredictably
changing & impermanent, to love while being mindful that everything, every
person, every place, every moment we love will change & pass, but to love
anyway. And to love what you love fiercely, no holds barred, nothing held back,
knowing that the reality of who & what you are here & now as a human being is
inseparable from this world, this life you claim & inhabit fully."- Oriah Mountain Dreamer, from The Call