Thursday, January 31, 2013

Your heart is like a great river

“Your heart is like a great river after a long spell of rain, spilling over its banks. All signposts that once stood on the ground are gone, inundated and carried away by that rush of water. And still the rain beats down on the surface of the river. Every time you see a flood like that in the news you tell yourself: That’s it. That’s my heart.”
Haruki Murakami

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

the power of meditation

Meditation is a method for acquainting our mind with virtue. The more familiar our mind is with virtue, the calmer and more peaceful it becomes. When our mind is peaceful we are free from worries and mental discomfort, and we experience pure happiness. If we train our mind to become peaceful we shall be happy all the time, even in the most adverse conditions. But if our mind is not peaceful, then even if we have the most pleasant external conditions we shall not be happy. Therefore it is important to train our mind through meditation.

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
The Meditation Handbook

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Love is not all

Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink
Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain;
Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink
And rise and sink and rise and sink again;
Love can not fill the thickened lung with breath,
Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone;
Yet many a man is making friends with death
Even as I speak, for lack of love alone.
It well may be that in a difficult hour,
Pinned down by pain and moaning for release,
Or nagged by want past resolution's power,
I might be driven to sell your love for peace,
Or trade the memory of this night for food.
It well may be. I do not think I would.

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Friday, January 25, 2013

motivated by love

"The more you are motivated by love,
the more fearless & free
your action will be."

Dalai Lama

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

valentine swap

Do you want to start spreading some love too?  Check out Aunt Peaches' annual Valentine Swap.  It is great!  I participated last year - sent 3 valentines & received 3 valentines, plus a bonus sparkly anonymous valentine.  For someone who loves snail mail, spreading the love, getting crafty, sparkles & surprises, it was awesome!

Follow this link for more information and a quick & easy sign up.

Enjoy spreading the love!
got a little mention by the good folks at Recyclart today.  They love the love bombs too.  Sounds like some of their readers are inspired to drop some love bombs of their own.  Fabulous!

live it

"If you don't live it, it won't come out of your heart."

Charlie Parker

Monday, January 21, 2013

the love we commit to one another must be equal

Inauguration Speech
January 21, 2013

you deserve compassion

"There's stuff in your life you're having trouble coping with. That stuff probably deserves your attention. You, in the meantime, deserve compassion."

Margaret Wheeler Johnson

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
                                                                    Marianne Williamson
                                                A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


"You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give."

Kahlil Gibran

Saturday, January 12, 2013

love like crazy

Life is too short, so don't hold back. Forgive like you have amnesia, believe like a kid, love like crazy, and be yourself.
 via Trikinetic-Massage-Therapy

Friday, January 11, 2013

our job

"Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy."

Thomas Merton

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

simply being love

In 1969 I was giving a series of lectures in New York City. Every night, taking the bus up Third Avenue, I got the same extraordinary bus driver. Every night it was rush hour in one of the busiest cities in the world, but we had a warm word and a caring presence for each person who got on the bus.

He drove us as if he were sculling a boat down a river, flowing through the traffic rather than resisting it. Everyone who got on the bus was less likely to kick the dog that evening or to be otherwise hostile and unloving, because of the loving space that driver had created. Yet all he was doing was driving the bus. He wasn’t a therapist or a great spiritual teacher. He was simply being love.

Ram Das

Monday, January 7, 2013

you may be hurt, but...

“You may be hurt if you love too much, but you will live in misery if you love too little.”

Sunday, January 6, 2013

the more you have loved :: Henri Nouwen

“The more you have loved and have allowed yourself to suffer because of your love, the more you will be able to let your heart grow wider and deeper. When your love is truly giving and receiving, those whom you love will not leave your heart even when they depart from you. The pain of rejection, absence, and death can become fruitful. Yes, as you love deeply the ground of your heart will be broken more and more, but you will rejoice in the abundance of the fruit it will bear.” 

Henri Nouwen 

Friday, January 4, 2013

what if money didn't matter? Alan Watts


really.  what if money didn't matter?  what would you do?
would you love more?  laugh more?  
have more joy in your heart?  less stress?
how about if we give it a try.
even for just one day!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

recipe for success

"The criteria for success: you are free, you live in the present moment,
you are useful to the people around you, and you feel love for all

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar