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

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To recognize one’s own insanity is, of course, the arising of sanity, the beginning of healing and transcendence. ― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

How does the ordinary person come to the transcendent? For a start, I would say, study poetry. Learn how to read a poem. You need not have the experience to get the message, or at least some indication of the message. It may come gradually.― Joseph Campbell, Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor

Any great art work … revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world – the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air. ― Leonard Bernstein

We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis.  LeeAnn Taylor

An awake heart is like a sky that pours light. ― Hafizsky1


Other People Have Other Plans

Other people have other plans. I, the oldest child and only daughter, would say this to my mom when I was quite young. Was I trying to claim myself? Was I telling her I didn’t care how others did it? I don’t know. Our relationship was a constant struggle.

But I wonder now if it was my own personal koan, advice for myself to take me through life. The words to allow others’ their own path as I listen for my own. Telling me of ego, or spirit, or energy. Mine and everyone else’s.

I am a child of God. And so is everyone is, Laura.

In last night’s book club discussion of The Poisonwood Bible I read the quote from Leah, one of four daughters of a zealous missionary who took his family to the Congo. She said…

Watching my father, I’ve seen how you can’t learn anything when you’re trying to look like the smartest person in the room.

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?

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


He, who every morning plans the transactions of the day, and follows that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through a labyrinth of the most busy life.  Victor Hugo

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.  John Steinbeck

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. Lao Tzu

So the computer comes back…with more glitches, and the battery won’t charge. I call the Repair Center. They send a new battery. Nope, that one doesn’t charge either. What good is a lightweight laptop if I’m tethered to a power cord?

I call the Repair Center again, enumerating the glitches that I have experienced. The empty shipping box has just arrived from FedEx. My computer will spend another week or so of R and R.

I will return to writing longhand, reading books, working in the garden, playing with friends and enjoying the journey.stepsnorton

Widening the Circle of Compassion

Several months ago I dropped my computer. It continued working, so I decided not to worry about it. (I’ll think about that tomorrow, Scarlett says) However, lately it’s gone wonky on me. Big time. It’s now time to pack it up and send it off to Hewlett-Packard for a little rest and recuperation.

Tomorrow I’m letting go. No computer for a week or so. No Facebook, no email, no WordPress. Good for me. I have a garden to tend and a stack of books to read. It could be an enriching experience.

But first I leave you the quotes that are running through me on this gorgeous Spring day at the end of another school year.

A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.   Albert Einstein

Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.   Buddhacircle-children

Peace Is Every Step

When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.

We have to continue to learn. We have to be open. And we have to be ready to release our knowledge in order to come to a higher understanding of reality.   Thich Nhat Hahn

Such profound words for the times when I am afraid, too concerned about others’ approval, or think I’m not good enough.  Stop your spinning thoughts, Laura. Breathe. Then…

Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.




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