Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Time-Money-Love


After many considerations, it's clear modern technological life has three fundamental categories: time, money, and love. Insights can be gained by looking at the weight that is applied to these categories in different life circumstances.
We can’t separate time, money, and love. In moments of insight, meditation, and spontaneous grace: it becomes clear that time, money, and love are just time-money-love; like space and time in physics are now fused into space-time.
Ask ourselves the question how does time-money-love play itself out in our lives? More money, less time? More time, more love? Is more money, less love? Yes, no, maybe? Look deeply into this.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Walt Whitman - "Go Directly to the Creation"


Wonderful lines from Walt Whitman's preface to his 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass


This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body. . . . The poet shall not spend his time in unneeded work. He shall know that the ground is always ready ploughed and manured. . . . others may not know it but he shall. He shall go directly to the creation.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Steve Jobs’s last words: ‘Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow’



Audio spoken shortly after Steve Jobs' death on October 5, 2011.

Steve Jobs's last words were reported in the news shortly after his death. Well worth reading are Steve Jobs’s last words: ‘Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow’ (Washington Post) and A Sister’s Eulogy for Steve Jobs (New York Times). In the past, I asked students to read or listen to Steve Jobs' Stanford Commencement address (2005) .

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Monday, July 22, 2019

Eternal Life


"The eternal life is given to those who  
live in the present"  
~ Ludwig Wittenstein ~ 
(as quoted in Zen Calendar, April 10, 2011)  

Presence is eternal

There is only one present moment 


Saturday, July 20, 2019

Be Real

Many of us constantly try to escape from ourselves. That's impossible - and usually creates neurosis. Instead, face reality even if it is uncomfortable. Slowly the authentic Self dawns. Be real! It's worth it.  

Friday, July 19, 2019

Breath of Life


A long time ago, I killed a mouse in the kitchen by dropping it into a bucket of water. Thinking that would drown him. But it kept swimming back up to the surface. The mouse eventually drowned. At the moment of death a white mist came out of its mouth into the water. That was the mouse’s last breath - as if “seeing” his life spirit leave the body. One of the most memorable experiences in my life. 

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Uncertainty


Today is uncertain
everyday is uncertain
but we hold on to the illusion
of certainty so we can be brave


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Spirit inside of you


The spirit inside
is greater than the sky  
positive energy spreads 
it's obvious, all around
you already know
no need to know the path
feel the spirit inside 
it will take you there

Dream on, little Dreamer

Dream on, little dreamer!
This is how it all begins

Move your feet
feel how sweet it is
Dream on, little dreamer!
Follow all your signs

You got to gather up what you need
You got to choose a direction
And when the moment is right for you

You got to go

You got to keep your ideals high
You got to know that the sky belongs to no one
You know you got to go!

Keep on, little dreamer ~ keep hold of all that you are.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJQE4pOgiPg

Above & Beyond: "You Got To Go" Singer: Zoe Johnston

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Here I Am


Here I am with
Great ease within darkness
Always the unknown
My mind in heaven