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Postby chicka-Dee » Tue Aug 04, 2009 6:28 pm

I'm starting this thread of inspirational quotes and poetry.

Inspiration is vital to our lives and practice, imo, and words that inspire hold a special place in our hearts and minds.

I'd like to share some inspiring words and poetry that I've come across lately, and would love to hear what inspires you as well.

To start, this is a poem I received from a dear friend that I've shared elsewhere:

Wild Geese
by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
"The image is a dream. The beauty is real. Can you see the difference?" ~Richard Bach from "Illusions"
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Re: Inspirational quotes and poetry

Postby chicka-Dee » Tue Aug 04, 2009 6:32 pm

Here is another sent to me by the same wonderful friend:

The Journey

Above the mountains
the geese turn into
the light again

Painting their
black silhouettes
on an open sky.

Sometimes everything
has to be
inscribed across
the heavens

so you can find
the one line
already written
inside you.

Sometimes it takes
a great sky
to find that

small, bright
and indescribable
wedge of freedom
in your own heart.

Sometimes with
the bones of the black
sticks left when the fire
has gone out

someone has written
something new
in the ashes of your life.

You are not leaving
you are arriving.
~ David Whyte ~

(House of Belonging)

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"The image is a dream. The beauty is real. Can you see the difference?" ~Richard Bach from "Illusions"
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Re: Inspirational quotes and poetry

Postby chicka-Dee » Tue Aug 04, 2009 6:39 pm

These are a couple of quotes listed at the beginning of the chapter of the book I'm currently reading: "Love's Journey" by Michael Gurian (the chapter is entitled, "Creative Partnership"):

"We can learn that the essence of love is not to use the other to make us happy but to serve and affirm the ones we love. And we can discover, to our surprise, that what we have needed more than anything was not so much to be loved, as to love."

~Robert A. Johnson


"As though in the blinking of an eye, the whole of creation was formed through love."

~Hildegard of Bingen


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Re: Inspirational quotes and poetry

Postby cooran » Tue Aug 04, 2009 8:47 pm

Hello all,

This poem by our Dhamma-friend Anders, touches me to the quick:

Standing on a crossroad - By Anders Honoré

After the afternoon meditation,

the mind standing still,

yet unfocused,

foggy.

At 8 p.m.,

suddenly wanting to go to bed,

I realise, almost surprisingly,

I'm depressed.

I'm standing on a crossroad,

loosing interest in the sensory world,

TV, books, computer, etc.,

all fail to give me pleasure.

Yet, the mind is not ready,

to harvest the true fruits of practise.

Wishing I could find just a little pleasure somewhere,

yet happy that I'm not.

No self.

How brilliant by Siddharta,

sweeping away all contradictions,

giving an answer not even considered by anybody else.

"The condition conditioning itself,

thus creating the self", said Kierkegaard;

and I find myself yearning for the un-conditioned.

Wondering how my life could have turned out,

had my mind not been deprived of choice;

seeing clearly how this path was inevitable.

For I stand now at crossroad leading only one way,

with no turning back.

And despite my depression,

smiling.
---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---
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Re: Inspirational quotes and poetry

Postby imagemarie » Wed Aug 05, 2009 6:07 pm

That's cool.. :bow:
Thanks for posting :smile:
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Re: Inspirational quotes and poetry

Postby chicka-Dee » Wed Aug 05, 2009 6:27 pm

Yes, thanks Chris for sharing that.. very nice ((Anders))..

Thanks for the feedback, imagemarie (which is also my middle name :smile: ).
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Re: Inspirational quotes and poetry

Postby mindfullmom » Sat Aug 08, 2009 5:46 pm

Sometimes everything
has to be
inscribed across
the heavens

so you can find
the one line
already written
inside you.

Sometimes it takes
a great sky
to find that

small, bright
and indescribable
wedge of freedom
in your own heart.



I love that! And "The condtioned conditioning itself thus creating the self". That one will definitely stay with me.
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Postby mindfullmom » Sat Aug 08, 2009 5:56 pm

"Living Your Life as a True Master"

“Be happy about your growth, in which of course you can’t take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don’t torment them with your doubts and don’t frighten them with you faith or joy, which they wouldn’t be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true felling of what you have in common with them, which doesn’t necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust. Avoid providing material for the drama that is always stretched tight between parents and children; it uses up much of the children’s strength and wastes the love of the elders… Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish with out having to step outside it.”

(Rainier Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet)
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Re: Inspirational quotes and poetry

Postby chicka-Dee » Sat Aug 08, 2009 6:10 pm

Thank you, mindfullmom! I love that. Particularly this part:

mindfullmom wrote:Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish with out having to step outside it.”
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Re: Inspirational quotes and poetry

Postby cooran » Sun Aug 16, 2009 8:28 am

Because I could not stop for Death ... by Emily Dickinson

Because I could not stop for Death -

He kindly stopped for me -

The Carriage held but just Ourselves -

And Immortality.

We slowly drove - He knew no haste

And I had put away

My labor and my leisure too,

For His Civility -

We passed the School, where Children strove

At Recess -in the Ring -

We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain -

We passed the Setting Sun -

Or rather - He passed Us -

The Dews drew quivering and chill -

For only Gossamer, my Gown -

My Tippet - only Tulle -

We paused before a House that seemed

A Swelling of the Ground -

The Roof was scarcely visible -

The Cornice -in the Ground -

Since then -'tis Centuries - and yet

Feels shorter than the Day

I first surmised the Horses' Heads

Were toward Eternity -
---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---
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Re: Inspirational quotes and poetry

Postby tiltbillings » Sun Aug 16, 2009 8:36 am

The Second Coming (Slouching towards Bethlehem)
W.B Yeats

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in the sands of the desert.

A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

"We eat cold eels and think distant thoughts." -- Jack Johnson
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Re: Inspirational quotes and poetry

Postby chicka-Dee » Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:46 pm

Thank you Chris, Thank you tiltbillings, for sharing these lovely words. :smile:

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Re: Inspirational quotes and poetry

Postby chicka-Dee » Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:14 pm

THE VOICE

I dreamed a Voice, of one God-authorised,
Cried loudly thro' the world, 'Disarm! Disarm!'
And there was consternation in the camps;
And men who strutted under braid and lace
Beat on their medalled breasts, and wailed, 'Undone!'
The word was echoed from a thousand hills,
And shop and mill, and factory and forge,
Where throve the awful industries of death,
Hushed into silence. Scrawled upon the doors,
The passer read, 'Peace bids her children starve.'
But foolish women clasped their little sons
And wept for joy, not reasoning like men.

Again the Voice commanded: 'Now go forth
And build a world for Progress and for Peace.
This work has waited since the earth was shaped;
But men were fighting, and they could not toil.
The needs of life outnumbered needs of death.
Leave death with God. Go forth, I say, and build.'

And then a sudden comprehensive joy
Shone in the eyes of men; and one who thought
Only of conquests and of victories
Woke from his gloomy reverie and cried,
'Ay, come and build! I challenge all to try.
And I will make a world more beautiful
Than Eden was before the serpent came.'
And like a running flame on western wilds,
Ambition spread from mind to listening mind,
And lo! the looms were busy once again,
And all the earth resounded with men's toil.

Vast palaces of Science graced the world;
Their banquet tables spread with feasts of truth
For all who hungered. Music kissed the air,
Once rent with boom of cannons. Statues gleamed
From wooded ways, where ambushed armies hid
In times of old. The sea and air were gay
With shining sails that soared from land to land.
A universal language of the world
Made nations kin, and poverty was known

But as a word marked 'obsolete', like war.
The arts were kindled with celestial fire;
New poets sang so Homer's fame grew dim;
And brush and chisel gave the wondering race
Sublimer treasures than old Greece displayed.
Men differed still; fierce argument arose,
For men are human in this human sphere;
But unarmed Arbitration stood between
And Reason settled in a hundred hours
What War disputed for a hundred years.

Oh, that a Voice, of one God-authorized
Might cry to all mankind, Disarm! Disarm!

~Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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Re: Inspirational quotes and poetry

Postby Macavity » Tue Aug 18, 2009 3:19 am

WILDERNESS

THERE is a wolf in me ... fangs pointed for tearing gashes ... a red tongue for raw meat ... and the hot lapping of blood—I keep this wolf because the wilderness gave it to me and the wilderness will not let it go.

There is a fox in me ... a silver-gray fox ... I sniff and guess ... I pick things out of the wind and air ... I nose in the dark night and take sleepers and eat them and hide the feathers ... I circle and loop and double-cross.

There is a hog in me ... a snout and a belly ... a machinery for eating and grunting ... a machinery for sleeping satisfied in the sun—I got this too from the wilderness and the wilderness will not let it go.

There is a fish in me ... I know I came from salt-blue water-gates ... I scurried with shoals of herring ... I blew waterspouts with porpoises ... before land was ... before the water went down ... before Noah ... before the first chapter of Genesis.

There is a baboon in me ... clambering-clawed ... dog-faced ... yawping a galoot’s hunger ... hairy under the armpits ... here are the hawk-eyed hankering men ... here are the blond and blue-eyed women ... here they hide curled asleep waiting ... ready to snarl and kill ... ready to sing and give milk ... waiting—I keep the baboon because the wilderness says so.

There is an eagle in me and a mockingbird ... and the eagle flies among the Rocky Mountains of my dreams and fights among the Sierra crags of what I want ... and the mockingbird warbles in the early forenoon before the dew is gone, warbles in the underbrush of my Chattanoogas of hope, gushes over the blue Ozark foothills of my wishes—And I got the eagle and the mockingbird from the wilderness.

O, I got a zoo, I got a menagerie, inside my ribs, under my bony head, under my red-valve heart—and I got something else: it is a man-child heart, a woman-child heart: it is a father and mother and lover: it came from God-Knows-Where: it is going to God-Knows-Where—For I am the keeper of the zoo: I say yes and no: I sing and kill and work: I am a pal of the world: I came from the wilderness.

– Carl Sandburg, 1918
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Re: Inspirational quotes and poetry

Postby chicka-Dee » Tue Aug 18, 2009 4:00 am

Beautiful, Macavity! Thanks for sharing that. :clap: It is important to know this part of ourselves, and know it well. :smile:

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Re: Inspirational quotes and poetry

Postby chicka-Dee » Wed Aug 19, 2009 12:02 am

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice—
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do—
determined to save
the only life you could save.

~Mary Oliver
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Re: Inspirational quotes and poetry

Postby chicka-Dee » Sun Aug 23, 2009 5:09 pm

THE KINGDOM OF LOVE

In the dawn of the day the sea and the earth
Reflected the sunrise above,
I set forth with a heart full of courage and mirth
To seek for the Kingdom of Love.
I asked a Poet I met on the way
Which cross-road would lead me aright;
And he said: 'Follow me, and ere long you shall see
Its glittering turrets of light.'

And soon in the distance a city shone fair.
'Look yonder,' he said; 'how it gleams!'
But alas! for the hopes that were doomed to despair,
It was only the 'Kingdom of Dreams.'
Then the next man I asked was a gay Cavalier,
And he said: 'Follow me, follow me';
And with laughter and song we went speeding along
By the shores of Life's beautiful sea.

Then we came to a valley more tropical far
Than the wonderful vale of Cashmere,
And I saw from a bower a face like a flower
Smile out on the gay Cavalier;
And he said: 'We have come to humanity's goal:
Here love and delight are intense.'
But alas and alas! for the hopes of my soul --
It was only the 'Kingdom of Sense.'

As I journeyed more slowly I met on the road
A coach with retainers behind;
And they said: 'Follow me, for our Lady's abode
Belongs in that realm, you will find.'
'Twas a grand dame of fashion, a newly-made bride,
I followed, encouraged and bold;
But my hopes died away like the last gleams of day,
For we came to the 'Kingdom of Gold.'

At the door of a cottage I asked a fair maid.
'I have heard of that realm,' she replied;
'But my feet never roam from the 'Kingdom of Home',
So I know not the way,' and she sighed.
I looked on the cottage; how restful it seemed!
And the maid was as fair as a dove.
Great light glorified my soul as I cried:
'Why, Home is the "Kingdom of Love"!'

~Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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