If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.-—Joseph Campbell

Posts tagged ‘inspiration’

The Dude and the Zen Master

For the last several weeks I’ve been reading The Dude and the Zen Master, a dialogue between Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman. It has taken that long because I’ve needed lots time to stop and reflect.

The Dude is based on Jeff Bridges’ role in The Big LebowskiBernie Glassman is founder of Zen Peacemakers, whose Three Tenets that serve as the foundation of Socially Engaged Spirituality, include:

-Not-knowing, thereby giving up fixed ideas about ourselves and the universe

-Bearing witness to the joy and suffering of the world

-Loving actions towards ourselves and others

Books. They move me. They inspire me. They challenge me. Here are more profound words from some of my favorite writers.

What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.   Anne Lamott

A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe. Madeleine L’Engle

When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.  Maya Angelou 

Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.  J.K. Rowling

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Solved by Walking

My yellow squash has been attacked by the dreaded squash vine borer. But not before I was able to harvest several pounds of mature fruit.

The sprawling plants are now only large flowers at the ends of withering stems. That’s probably the end of this year’s crop.

After early morning garden chores, feeding and watering six cantankerous chickens for a vacationing friend and retrieving mail and the newspaper for another, I go for a walk.

On the park trail I have an idea. People eat squash blossoms! I knew they could be fried, but there must be other options. I find a recipe for squash blossom quesadillas at http:homesicktexan.blogspot.com.  And I can use the last of my cilantro before it goes to seed. squash1

All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.   Friedrich Nietzsche

Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.  ~Henry David Thoreau

Solvitur ambulando, St. Jerome was fond of saying.  To solve a problem, walk around.  ~Gregory McNamee

Thoughts come clearly while one walks.  ~Thomas Mann

Walking is also an ambulation of mind. ~Gretel Ehrlich

Above all, do not lose your desire to walk.  Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness.  I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.  ~Soren Kierkegaard

Overwhelming Abundance

Hex sign abundance

Hex sign abundance (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.  Wayne Dyer

There came into the world an unlimited abundance of everything people need. But people need everything except unlimited abundance.  Karel Capek

Is this overwhelming feeling just an abundance of what I have been asking for?

Not Any Other Day

Today isn’t any other day, you know.

                             Lewis Carroll

It’s Monday, and it sure feels like it.

What’s that mean?

I just learned that my Kodak easyshare account no longer exists, which means I can’t download the picture I took of this morning’s harvest…soon to be my lunch. A handful of green beans, a yellow squash, two carrots, and several leaves of Swiss chard. I’m making a veggie wrap.

Sounds good.

I’ve been at loose ends all morning.

Hmm.

Thank goodness work in the community youth garden begins on Wednesday.

It’s always nice to have something to look forward to.

And I can’t open my earthlink address book.

Oh my.

Ever since this computer’s been back from servicing, I’ve had to spend time getting re-aquainted.

Hmm.

I’m shutting this thing down soon, making lunch, then meeting a writing buddy.

Sounds good.

Why are you so chipper?

What do you mean?

It’s Monday and you’re not commiserating.

I figure you can get that kind of response just about anywhere. Wasn’t that cable guy in your backyard just sharing his frustration?

Well yeah…

I like to think I’m offering an alternative.

Whatever…

Flow From Me Like a River

A poem I will share with writers this afternoon:

I believe in all that has never yet been spoken.
I want to free what waits within me
so that what no one has dared to wish for

may for once spring clear
without my contriving.

If this is arrogant, God, forgive me,
but this is what I need to say.
May what I do flow from me like a river,
no forcing and no holding back,
the way it is with children.

Then in these swelling and ebbing currents,
these deepening tides moving out, returning,
I will sing you as no one ever has,

streaming through widening channels
into the open sea.

Rainer Maria Rilke

Sun Salutation

Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.   Eckhart Tolle

I was set to write a wordier blog…you know, blah, blah, blah. Until I wandered into the backyard. I’m letting the early sunlight on my vegetables do the talking.

Swiss chard

Swiss chard

Early Girl tomatoes

Early Girl tomatoes

Young corn

Young corn

Carrots

Carrots

I’ve also begun reading the most amazing book, Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate: At Work in the Wild and Cultivated World by Wendy Johnson.

Happy May Day!

The Essence of It All

Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy – your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself. Annie Leibovitz

Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being. Albert Camus

The energy of the mind is the essence of life.  Aristotle

The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.  Epictetus

The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different. Mahatma Gandhi

Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today – but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.  Isaac Asimov

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.  Friedrich Nietzsche

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