"If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together."
- African Proverb
The only thing we can truly bequeath to the next generation are Roots and Wings. I hope this blog inspires you to share yours.
Headscarves and Hymens
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
The “Pale Blue Dot” — the Voyager‘s VIEW
“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.
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
Reverence for life
"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."
"Man has the capacity to love, not just his own species, but life in all its shapes and forms. This empathy with the interknit web
of life is the highest spiritual expression I know of."
-- Loren Eiseley
Talk to the animals
"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
"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...."
"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."
The Great Blending
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
Who Am I?
"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."
- Juan Ramon Jimenez
translated by Robert Bly
A Real Hero
"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."
"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
Never just me
- "..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
"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
Start where you are
"On the journey of the warrior-bodhisattva, the path goes down, not up,
as if the mountain pointed toward the earth instead of the sky. Instead of transcending the suffering of all creatures, we move toward turbulence and doubt however we can. We explore the reality and unpredictability of insecurity and pain, and we try not to push it away. If it takes years, if it takes lifetimes, we let it be as it is. At our own pace, without speed or aggression, we move down and down and down. With us move millions of others, companions in awakening from fear."
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