Friendship

two roses

“This is our function in each other’s lives: to hold the space for each other’s beauty, that our beloved can leave us and we will feel in his (or her) absence how beautiful we are.”

—Marianne Williamson, from “A Woman’s Worth” quoted in “The Heron Dance Book of Love and Gratitude.”

 

 




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I Do to a Force that Knows No Gravitation

One Sunday, I was attending a church service, and the musician/songwriter Laura Berman sang this song below, “I Do”, which I found on her website.  I was so moved by her performance and song.

I DO , by Laura Berman Benelli

“Take away my doubts they only weigh me down
Hide all my don’t s and won’t so they can’t be found
Bottle up my fear and throw it into the sea
and if by chance one day it floats back to me,
I’ll just laugh out loud, and say here and now:
“I do to a love that knows no reservation
I do to a will that knows no hesitation
I do to a choice with no expectation
I used to say don’t but now “I do” ”

Take away this life I thought was safe and sound,
Loosen up these ties that only kept me bound
Shred all my limitations and my beliefs,
let the confetti fall into the street,
this is my parade, my time to proclaim:
“I do to a love that knows no reservation
I do to a will that knows no hesitation
I do to a choice with no expectation
I do to a dream that knows no limitation
I do to a force that knows no gravitation
I do to a high with no intoxication

I used to say don’t but now “I do, I do, I do”…”

 

“We should understand that life gives us what we need and not
necessarily what we want. It follows its own wisdom, which is often incomprehensible to our gross minds.We should learn to accept situations in life. This attitude of acceptance is the secret to happiness.”

—Amma, New Year’s Speech, 2008

 




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Be Like A Bird

“Let us be like a bird for a moment perched
On a frail branch when he sings;
Though he feels it bend, yet he sings his song,
Knowing that he has wings.”

-Victor Hugo

The group, Libana,  sings a round based on Victor Hugo’s words. You can hear it  in at CD Baby. This makes a good repetitive chant to sing. I have a group meeting at my home . Sometimes we sing this.

“A bird sits on the dry twig of a tree and eats a piece of fruit it has found somewhere. It knows that the twig may break at any moment; so it is very alert as it sits on the twig. You should understand that this world is like that. Everything may be lost at any moment. You should remember that, children. Be sure to hold on to the truth that only God is everlasting. Then there will be no reason for sorrow

-Amma

 




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Framing and Re-Framing

Re-Framing

I had walked past this sculpture many times at Foothill College, but one day when I was not in a hurry, enjoying the fresh air, I peered up at the trees through the sculpture and was amazed at what I saw. Even without the camera as a frame, I could see an “X”. “X” marked the spot, the point from which I saw magic.

For me, that particular “X” symbolizes the present moment, through which I can see things I may miss. There is no hurry here. The frame of the sculpture helped me to appreciate the tree and all its curves. It became a kind of lens, causing me to see in a more concentrated way,  just as if I were looking through the view-finder on my camera. It caused me to stop for awhile.

The present moment can become a frame of wonder. You can begin to see things newly.  You do not need a camera. You don’t need the sculpture. Just stop for awhile. Breathe. Relax. Notice. Wonder. Enjoy. Create that frame. Be like a child and look out at the world through the lens of wonder.

“Hegel said, “Behind the facade of the familiar, strange things await us.” Familiarity enables us to tame, control and ultimately forget the mystery.”

– John O’Donohue, from Anam Cara

 




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Pour Strength Into My Soul

Pour Strength Into My Soul

“Your words to me are life and health; Pour strength into my soul; Enable, guide and teach my heart to reach its perfect goal.  Your words to me are light and truth; from day to day they show their wisdom, passing earthly lore, as in their truth I grow.  Your words are perfected in one, Yourself, the living Word; within my heart your image print in clearest lines, O Lord.”

– hymn by George Currie Martin, 1865- 1937




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