"Compassion is a spontaneous feeling of connection with all living beings. What you feel, I feel; what I feel; you feel. There's no difference between us/ When I began to practice meditation on compassion, however, I found that my sense of isolation began to diminish, while at the same time my personal sense of empowerment began to grow. Where once I saw only problems, I started to see solutions. Where once I viewed my own happiness as more important than the happiness of others, I began to see the well-being of others as the foundation of my own peace of mind." Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
Posted by The Roots and Wings Foundation at 1:36 PM
This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, 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 its 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. --Rumi-
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To women, remember that “Anonymous” in history has often meant women, and that we can change that. And to young women in the Middle East, nothing will change unless we speak about it. Be immodest, rebel, disobey, and know you deserve to be free. – Mona El Tahawy
Posted by The Roots and Wings Foundation at 1:23 PM
“Everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was… every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician” lived out their lives on this pale blue dot. And every political conflict, every war we’ve ever fought, we have waged over a fraction of this grainy pixel barely perceptible against the cosmic backdrop of endless lonesome space.
Posted by The Roots and Wings Foundation at 4:37 PM
For the Lakota people, giving thanks is translated into "Wopila." Wopila means giving thanks to Creator and all aspects of life. The Lakota people have Wopila ceremony every new moon. At this time they pray and thank Creator for all their life. The families or an individual can feed people in the ceremony and offer spirit food to the ancestors. Sometimes people have a "give away" after the ceremony. They say that Wopila makes a person truly a human being and it brings you closer to Wakan Tanka. When you are pure in your heart, it is possible to pray on the new moon time and give thanks, no matter where you are. Thank you, Richard Moves Camp
Posted by The Roots and Wings Foundation at 3:05 PM
"The ethics of reverence for life makes no distinction between high and low, more precious and less precious lives. It has good reason for this omission... How can we know what importance other living organisms have in themselves and in terms of the universe?... To the truly ethical man, all life is sacred."
Posted by The Roots and Wings Foundation at 11:55 AM
"One thing to remember is to talk to the animals. If you do, they will talk back to you. But if you don't talk to the animals,
they won't talk back to you, then you won't understand, and when you don't understand you will fear and when you fear and you will destroy the animals and if you destroy the animals, you will destroy yourself."
-- Chief Dan George
Posted by The Roots and Wings Foundation at 11:51 AM
"From the man comes the white sperm... bones, tendons, whites of eyes... From the woman comes the red sperm... blood, flesh, iris of the eye... And from God comes the shine of the face, the under-standing, insight, the seeing of the eyes, the going of the feet...."
Posted by The Roots and Wings Foundation at 1:31 PM
"If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren't pessimistic, you don't understand the data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore the this earth and the lives of the poor, and you aren't optimistic, you haven't got a pulse." - Paul Hawken in his book "You are Brilliant and the Earth is Hiring."
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For intervals, then, throughout our lives we savor a concurrence, the great blending of our chance selves with what sustains all chance. We ride the wave and are the wave. And with renewed belief inner and outer we find our talk turned to prayer, our prayer into truth: for an interval, early, we become at home in the world. - William Stafford
Posted by The Roots and Wings Foundation at 3:55 PM
"I am not I.
I am this one
walking beside me whom I do not see,
whom at times I manage to visit,
and whom at other times I forget;
who remains calm and silent while I talk,
and forgives, gently, when I hate,
who walks where I am not,
and who will remain standing when I die."
Posted by The Roots and Wings Foundation at 1:47 PM
"The Bodhisattva is like the mightiest of warriors; but her enemies are not common foes of flesh and bone, but is with the inner delusions, the afflictions of self-cherishing and ego grasping, those most terrible of demons that catch living beings in the snares of confusion and cause them forever to wander in pain, frustration and sorrow. Her mission is to harm ignorance and delusion, never living beings. These he looks upon with kindness, patience, and empathy, cherishing them like a mother cherishes her only child. She is the real hero, calmly facing any hardship in order
to bring peace, happiness and liberation to the world."
Posted by The Roots and Wings Foundation at 11:35 AM
"The sober men of science are saying the universe sprang from nothing for no reason. This is the limit test for credulity! Science is saying 'give us one free miracle and we'll explain the rest'. I'll take mine at the end, thank you. They have the big bang, I have the big surprise."
- Terrance McKenna
Posted by The Roots and Wings Foundation at 12:16 PM
- "..So I vowed to keep myself alive, but only if I would never use me again for just me. I vowed to do my own thinking, instead of trying to accommodate everyone else's opinion, credos and theories. I vowed to apply my own inventory of experiences to the solving of problems that affect everyone aboard planet Earth.
~ Buckminster Fuller
Posted by The Roots and Wings Foundation at 10:20 AM
"The most important factor, in maintaining peace within oneself, in the face of any difficulty, is one's mental attitude. If it is distorted by such feelings an anger, attachment, or jealousy, then even the most comfortable environment will bring one no peace. On the other hand,
if one's attitude is generally calm and gentle, then even a hostile environment will have little effect on one's own inner peace. Since the basic source of peace and happiness Is one's own mental attitude, it is worthwhile adopting means to develop it in a positive way."
H.H. the XIVth Dalai Lama
Posted by The Roots and Wings Foundation at 11:09 AM