Saturday, December 27, 2014


Slam Poetry. Tragic. Beautiful. Hits home.

 Neil Hillborn - OCD

"The first time I saw her..
Everything in my head went quiet.
All the ticks, all the constantly refreshing images just disappeared.
When you have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, you don’t really get quiet moments.
Even in bed, I’m thinking:
Did I lock the doors? Yes.
Did I wash my hands? Yes.
Did I lock the doors? Yes.
Did I wash my hands? Yes.
But when I saw her, the only thing I could think about was the hairpin curve of her lips.."

Friday, December 26, 2014

Cook Book

Hearts can be so fragile. It's such an intimate experience to expose everything you are to another human being, simply trusting that your heart will be safe with them. When that trust is broken and we become hurt, our world is thrown into disarray. So many emotions engulf us and we lose trust that we can ever give our heart away again. There is such a unique pain which comes from heartbreak; that feeling is indescribable. So we hide our hearts away in fear, hoping they cannot be hurt as long as they aren't there to be broken. Yet, no matter how hard you try, you cannot hide your heart. When you listen to a song which brings tears to your eyes, see an event which makes you smile or catch a scent which causes you to remember, the heart begins to reappear. It's those emotions which are stirred up, no matter how bitter or sweet, that come together to create something beautiful.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tao Te Ching: #1

The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao ...

Translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Leucippus - Father of Atomism

Leucippus (fl. 450 B.C.) Greek philosopher, founder of Atomistic Theory

The sum of things is unlimited, and they all change into one another. The All includes the empty as well as the full. The worlds are formed when atoms fall into the void and are entangled with one another; and from their motion as they increase in bulk, arises the substance of the stars.*

* Summary of Leucippus' theory by Diogenes Laertius as found in The Great Thoughts compiled by George Seldes.
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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

World Mind

Each of us is so small, so little. How can we expect to know what's going on everywhere? Can an insect crawling along the highway know that it is near a big city? It can't even tell it's on a highway! What's all the current crisis leading to? We as individuals and, even groups, do not have God's eye view.
Perhaps, there's a World Mind. Indeed, the internet and all its power to connect us all together all over the world is like a nervous system for a world mind; but, we don't all know it yet. It's said that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. We can't get a handle, for example, on all the aspects of global warming; but, the world mind (above and beyond the limited view of individuals minds) may coordinate things somewhat intelligently.
Still, there's the individual responsibility to do the best we can. To learn what we can. To make our best judgments with limited knowledge and understanding. That we must. Practice integrity.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Greatest Healer

Love's the greatest healer to be found.
~ Willie Nelson

Monday, December 01, 2014

Prison Escape

“How do you react when you think you need people's love? Do you become a slave for their approval? Do you live an inauthentic life because you can't bear the thought that they might disapprove of you? Do you try to figure out how they would like you to be, and then try to become that, like a chameleon? In fact, you never really get their love. You turn into someone you aren't, and then when they say "I love you," you can't believe it, because they're loving a facade. They're loving someone who doesn't even exist, the person you're pretending to be. It's difficult to seek other people's love. It's deadly. In seeking it, you lose what is genuine. This is the prison we create for ourselves as we seek what we already have.”

―Byron Katie

Let Stillness Heal You