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Showing posts from April, 2017

The Summer Day

Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?
- Mary Oliver (The Great)

What I Know

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on Pain

“The problem seems to be the attitude that the pain should go, then we will be happy. That is our mistaken belief. The pain never goes, and we will never be 'happy'. That is the truth of suffering, duhkha satya. Pain never goes; we will never be 'happy'. There’s a mantra for you. It’s worth repeating. You’ve got the first initiation now: you’ve got a mantra." - Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

"Another world is not only possible, she is on her way."

"Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe.

The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability.

Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them.
Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing."
- Arundhati Roy

The Messy Middle

"This is sobriety.
Sobriety -- living truthfully, healthfully and awake in all relationships (interpersonal, self, faith, food, financial, etc.) -- gets messier before it gets neater. In early sobriety (sanity), we have to pull everything out of our proverbial drawers -- just dump it all out and look right at the messes we've created and sit in them for awhile. Then, a little bit at a time, we painstakingly toss out the unhealthy, untrue junk that hurt us and others and we keep the good. We put back the good lovingly and intentionally. When we're done, our outsides might look the same but our insides are all different. Cleaner, neater, honest, with space for more good to come. We can breathe. We're not hiding a bunch of junk anymore. We can open the drawers of our lives without shame. Anyway, if you're in this messy middle part -- it's okay. It's good. The messy middle is tiring but it's where we make the most important decisions about who we are and w…

A loving God

I didn't really need to be convinced of the existence of God. Rather, I needed to become convinced of the need for God in MY life. Lucky for me, my life has done a pretty good job of that so far.
When shit happens or I’m feeling that low-grade misery of “restless, irritable & discontent” that so easily & quickly can make my life unmanageable (drinking OR sober) I have to 1) get undisturbed and 2) ask for help.I was always told that when I am disturbed about something in my day - anything - that the first thing to do is get undisturbed - NOT to react! And for me the best way to do that is to ask for help. It's out of the book - step 10 / 11 directions on page 85 or something. 
It helps when I can remember that the "common solution" to all my problems is God / application of spiritual principles and actions that put me on the path of seeking God, rather than seeking self. This really helps me to reduce the amount of drama that can so easily be created by reacting…
How society destroys our creativity and our children (& other creativity angels) help us to keep it alive.