You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. --Mary Oliver, excerpt from “Wild Geese”
What Do Sad people have in Common? It seems They have all built a shrine To the past And often go there And do a strange wail and Worship. What is the beginning of Happiness? It is to stop being so religious Like That.
Hafiz, "Stop Being So Religious"
"The artist is always engaged in writing a detailed history of the future because he is the only person aware of the nature of the present." -- Wyndham Lewis
"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." Anais Nin
Why should we grieve that we have been sleeping? It doesn't matter how long we've been unconscious. We're groggy, but let the guilt go. Feel the motions of the tenderness around you, The buoyancy.
Those times in our lives when we have experienced the greatest happiness, the deepest peace, have been moments when for some reason or other we ceased to want, moments when for some reason or other—it doesn't matter why—we wanted absolutely nothing from the world or from anyone else.” Andrew Cohen "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle. –George Orwell Precisely the least, the softest, lightest, a lizard's rustling, a breath, a flash, a moment - a little makes the way of the best happiness. - Frederich Nietzsche
"Enlightenment is not some ideal goal, perfect state of mind, or spiritual realm on high, but a journey that takes places on this earth. It is the process of waking up to all of what we are and making a complete relationship with that." John Welwood
Dropping Keys the small man builds cages for everyone he knows. While the sage, who has to duck his head when the moon is low, keeps dropping keys all night long for the beautiful rowdy prisoners. -Hafiz
Those of you whose work it is to wake the dead, get up! This is a work day! --Rumi