Insight from Joni Mitchell


“...Everybody has a superficial side and a deep side, but this culture doesn’t place much value on depth — we don’t have shamans or soothsayers, and depth isn’t encouraged or understood. Surrounded by this shallow, glossy society we develop a shallow side, too, and we become attracted to fluff. That’s reflected in the fact that this culture sets up an addiction to romance based on insecurity — the uncertainty of whether or not you’re truly united with the object of your obsession is the rush people get hooked on. I’ve seen this pattern so much in myself and my friends and some people never get off that line.

But along with developing my superficial side, I always nurtured a deeper longing, so even when I was falling into the trap of that other kind of love, I was hip to what I was doing. I recently read an article in Esquire magazine called ‘The End of Sex,’ that said something that struck me as very true. It said: “If you want endless repetition, see a lot of different people. If you want infinite variety, stay with one.” What happens when you date is you run all your best moves and tell all your best stories — and in a way, that routine is a method for falling in love with yourself over and over.

You can’t do that with a longtime mate because he knows all that old material. With a long relationship, things die then are rekindled, and that shared process of rebirth deepens the love. It’s hard work, though, and a lot of people run at the first sign of trouble. You’re with this person, and suddenly you look like an asshole to them or they look like an asshole to you — it’s unpleasant, but if you can get through it you get closer and you learn a way of loving that’s different from the neurotic love enshrined in movies. It’s warmer and has more padding to it.”
― Joni Mitchell

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Tolle on Identity


"Even thousands of years before the advent of Facebook and similar things, people constructed for themselves an identity, and now we got the technology with which you can externalize the image of 'me' on your created Facebook profile, and show it to the whole world. It is often used unconsciously in enhancing the image one has of oneself. Then you see other people's images on their Facebook pages, and you think that's who they are. And you try to polish up your image and compete with them. In many cases it becomes an artificial construct, which can actually strengthen the delusion of the false self - it doesn't have to, but often it does.

That's not who you are. Once we realize that, we can let go of the delusory identity, and you can be who you are without needing to define yourself. So you have wonderful moments of not knowing. It liberates you from the conceptual mind. Then you're perceiving other people, the world around you, and yourself through the spacious awareness. That's what you are."

~ Eckhart Tolle

Inimitable Bukowski


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Wings to the Mind


Plato once said,

“Music gives
a soul to the universe,
wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination,
and life
to everything.”