Archive for August, 2011

Posted: August 29, 2011 in Quotes

Everyone can understand from natural experience and common sense that affection is crucial from the day of birth; it is the basis of life. The very survival of our body requires the affection of others, to whom we also respond with affection. Though mixed with attachment, this affection is not based on physical or sexual attraction, so it can be extended to all living beings without bias.

– The Dalai Lama

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Posted: August 28, 2011 in Quotes
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There are people whom one loves immediately and forever. Even to know they are alive in the world with one is quite enough.

– Nancy Spain

Love after Love by Derek Walcott

Posted: August 26, 2011 in Poetry

The time will come
When with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you have ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

Starting here, what do you want to remember?
How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?
What scent of old wood hovers, what softened
sound from outside fills the air?

Will you ever bring a better gift for the world
than the breathing respect that you carry
wherever you go right now? Are you waiting
for time to show you some better thoughts?

When you turn around, starting here, lift this
new glimpse that you found; carry into evening
all that you want from this day. This interval you spent
reading or hearing this, keep it for life –

What can anyone give you greater than now,
starting here, right in this room, when you turn around?

Willing to experience aloneness,
I discover connection everywhere;
Turning to face my fear,
I meet the warrior who lives within;
Opening to my loss,
I gain the embrace of the universe;
Surrendering into emptiness,
I find fullness without end.
Each condition I flee from pursues me,
Each condition I welcome transforms me
And becomes itself transformed
Into its radiant jewel-like essence.
I bow to the one who has made it so,
Who has crafted this Master Game;
To play it is purest delight –
To honor its form, true devotion.

Posted: August 25, 2011 in Quotes
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A ship in a harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
– William Shedd

Posted: August 25, 2011 in Quotes
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The surest way to the heart of a people is through their faith.

Sheva Salaam

Posted: August 23, 2011 in Multimedia
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Imagine by John Lennon

Posted: August 23, 2011 in Multimedia
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Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

Yemaya Assessu

Posted: August 23, 2011 in Multimedia
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Yemaya Assessu
Assessu yemaya
Yemaya olodo
Olodo yemaya

A celebration of the moment when the river meets the ocean.
Yemaya is the godess of the ocean and the mother of all goddesses.

(Yoruba, Africa)