Life’s most persistent and urgent question is,
“What are you doing for others?”
~ the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I am pretty open to most experiences (that aren’t dangerous, immoral, unethical, illegal or stupid). I like to learn and try new things.
~ anonymous blogger
…For me—just one guy among billions of other guys out there—freedom is about who you are, which ultimately leads to, what you do. Freedom means that you don’t have to fit the mold that society has cast for you. Instead, you can stomp on the mold, crush it into tiny pieces, use these pieces to make a little porcelain unicorn, and then throw the whole lot out the window.
There is only one of me anywhere in the entire universe, and I don’t succumb to the idea that I should fit into a story written for someone else.
Chances are, if you’re reading this article, you’ve already escaped the specter of normalcy, or have aspirations to do so, and you know that you, as well, are as unique as it gets. So, why worry about what other people do, or whether you’re living according to somebody’s greater plan? Freedom means doing your thing, letting other people do their thing, and not giving a damn about what anyone thinks of your life, your mind, and your world. It’s your life, be free.
~ Kane Grose “Freedom: An Introspection” Rova magazine
The Good Life:
Keep it simple.
~ magazine ad
In a transparent ocean
waves appear and disappear again.
Thought-waves are not different in essence
from the absolute reality of pure consciousness.
Therefore, do not look for flaws—remain calm
in the midst of unbidden thoughts.
Regardless of what appears or happens,
Do not grasp – let it be as it is.
Appearances, sounds, and objects –
are all composed of the same essence as your own mind.
Ultimately, there is nothing but mind-essence, pure consciousness.
It is beyond the extremes of birth and death.
~ Niguma (11th c.) Indian yogini, and (woman) mahasiddha, co-founder of the Kagyu school of Himalayan Buddhism
If we become the target of someone’s harsh criticism, the karma that is created is only completed if we reciprocate. We have the power and choice to journey on the path of a bodhisattva. We cannot control all of the conflict in our world, but we can control our response to it. We can help ensure that we do not create more harm if we do not cause more commotion, but instead prepare for peace by letting go of grasping, by keeping the mind calm and tapping into the eternal pool of compassion and wisdom that lies within all of us. For it is within this pool, this inner well, that lies the source of peace.
~His Holiness Trinley Thaye Dorje (b. 1983) 30 yrs old
Dr Suess: Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own, and you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
~ ~ ~
Music is your own experience,
your own thoughts, your wisdom.
If you don’t live it,
it won’t come out your horn.
~ Charlie “Yardbird” Parker (1920 – 1955)
master jazz horn (sax) player
— As for us:
We must uncenter our minds from ourselves;
We must unhumanise our views a little, and become confident
As the rock and ocean that we were made from.
~ Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962) from “Carmel Point”
Come forth into the light of things,
Let Nature be your teacher.
…Enough of Science and of Art;
Close up those barren leaves;
Come forth, and bring with you a heart
That watches and receives.
~ William Wordsworth (1170-1850) from “The Tables Turned”
Marion Ravenswood: You’re not the man I knew ten years ago.
Indiana Jones: It’s not the years, honey, it’s the mileage.