Monthly Archives: May 2012

PhenomeMOM 2012

Today is Mother's day.  Whether you have a strong mom in your life, you are a mom, you have no mom, you are mom to a pup, you are a dad or whatever, today is celebrating MOM - the idea that the nurturing nature of MOTHER is strong within us, guiding us towards our passion and purpose, taking care of us so that we can take care with ourselves and everyone around us.  
Let's tap into that strength, the strength of the mother as we practice or go through our days. 

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
What doesn't kill you makes a fighter
Footsteps even lighter- Kelly Clarkson

So tenderly your story is
nothing more than what you see
or what you've done or will become
standing strong do you belong
in your skin; just wondering
Jamie Cullum

"If you don't take care of your body, where will you live?" -- Anonymous

There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth,
Beyond us all, beyond the heavens, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens.
This is the light that shines in our hearts -- Chandogya Upanishad

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time like dew on the tip of a leaf
 -- Rabindranath Tagore

If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each
man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.
 -- Richard Bach

You are a child of the Universe, no less than the moon and the stars;
You have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
No doubt the Universe is unfolding as it should. -- Max Ehrmann

'There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated
through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of
time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never
exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not
have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how
valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your
business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel
open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You
have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you.
Keep the channel open. -- Martha Graham

Should you shield the valleys from the windstorms,
you would never see the beauty of their canyons. -- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Just think out for yourselves, if a man who was good yesterday has become
bad after having come in contact with me, is he responsible that he has
deteriorated or am I?   -- Mahatma Gandhi

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding
of ourselves. -- Carl Jung

Think of all the beauty thats still left in and around you, and be happy. 
--Anne Frank

Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter
except by your permission. -- Arnold Bennett

The thought manifests as the word
The word manifests as the deed
The deed develops into habit
And habit hardens into character
So watch the thought and its way with care,
And let it spring from love,
Born out of concern for all beings

means choosing to dwell in the state of presence rather than in time.
It means saying yes to what is.  --Eckhart Tolle

Who can tell what miracles Love has in store for us if only we have
the courage to become one with it?
Everything we think we know is only the beginning of another knowing
that itself has no end
And everything we now can accomplish will seem derisory to us
When the powers of our divine nature flower in glory and act through us 
--Iqbal, Sufi Mystic

"The Sun Never Says" --Hafiz
Even after all this time
the sun never says to the earth, "You owe Me."
Look what happens with a love like that,
It lights up the Whole Sky.

"Your Mother and My Mother" -- Hafiz
Fear is the cheapest room in the house.
I would like to see you living in better conditions,
For your mother and my mother were friends.
I know the innkeeper in this part of the Universe,
Get some rest tonight,
come to my verse tomorrow,
We'll go speak to the Friend together.
I should not make any promises, but I know that if you pray
Somewhere in this world -- something good will happen
God wants to see more love and playfulness in your eyes
For that is your greatest witness to Him
Your soul and my soul once sat together in the Beloved's womb
playing footsie.
Your heart and my heat
are very, very old friends.

"A Great Need" -- Hafiz
Out of a great need
We are all holding hands and climbing.
Not loving is letting go.
the terrain around here
is Far to Dangerous for That.


Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly andclearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and
lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you
to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit
to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be
gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the
trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it
is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
-- Max Ehrmann

"The Guest House"

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meaness,
some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house empty of is furniture,
Still, treat each Guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes, 
because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
-- Jelaluddin Rumi

We have come into this exquisite World
to experience ever and ever more deeply
our divine courage, freedom and light!

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a Judge of Truth and Knowledge
is shipwrecked by the Laughter of Gods -
--Albert Einstein

If you could only keep quiet, clear of memories and expectations,
you would be able to discern the beautiful pattern of events.
Its your restlessness that causes chaos.
--Nisargadatta Maharaj

What we are is God's Gift to us; What we become is our Gift to God.
-- Eleanor Powell

A light is bright and guides the way but it also attracts the flies.  Just keep shooin so you can keep movin'
N.P., Conductor