August 2007:

Week of 8/13/07:

Ask not what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive... then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

~Howard Thurman

Week of 8/7/07:

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter.
If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things,
This is the best season of your life.


July 2007:

Week of 7/30/07;

Out of all things there comes a unity,
and out of a unity all things.


Week of 7/10/07:

believe me
i wasn't always like this
lacking common sense
or looking insane

like you
i used to be clever
in my days

never like this
totally enraptured
totally gone

like sharp shooters
i used to be
a hunter of hearts

not like today
with my own heart
drowning in its blood

nonstop asking and
searching for answers
that was then

but now
so deeply enchanted
so deeply enthralled

always pushing
to be ahead and above
since i was not yet hunted down
by this
ever-increasing love

~Rumi, Ghazal (Ode) 1506, translation by Nader Khalili,
'Fountain of Fire'

Week 7/3/07:

Disillusionment is the gate – then you can be transformed.
Look at things in their reality, whatsoever the cost.  If you feel that if you look at things as they are your ego will be shattered, let it be shattered – the sooner the better.  If you feel that if you look at your being as it is you will feel like an animal, feel – that’s what you are.  Your prestige in the society will be at stake, let it be – because the society consists of persons like you: deluded.  To be honored by them is not an honor at all.  To be honored by sleepy men, dreamers, is not worth it.

from 'Journey to the Heart'

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