Author, "Diet For A Small Planet"
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Author, "Diet For A Small Planet"
Monday, May 16, 2011
For a long time it has watched your desire,
It watched you play with the seduction of safety
Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
~ John O'Donohue ~
(To Bless the Space Between Us)
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Sunday, May 15, 2011
Sometimes farm granaries become especially beautiful when all the oats or wheat are gone, and wind has swept the rough floor clean. Standing inside, we see around us, coming in through the cracks between shrunken wall boards, bands or strips of sunlight. So in a poem about imprisonment, one sees a little light.
But how many birds have died trapped in these granaries. The bird, seeing freedom in the light, flutters up the walls and falls back again and again. The way out is where the rats enter and leave; but the rat's hole is low to the floor. Writers, be careful then by showing the sunlight on the walls not to promise the anxious and panicky blackbirds a way out!
I say to the reader, beware. Readers who love poems of light may sit hunched in the corner with nothing in their gizzards for four days, light failing, the eyes glazed...
They may end as a mound of feathers and a skull on the open boardwood floor...
"We are motivated more by aversion to the unpleasant than by a will toward truth, freedom, or healing. We are constantly attempting to escape our life, to avoid rather than enter our pain, and we wonder why it is so difficult to be fully alive."
"Simply touching a difficult memory with some slight willingness to heal begins to soften the holding and tension around it."
"When your fear touches someone’s pain, it becomes pity, when your love touches someone’s pain, it become compassion."
"If there is a single definition of healing it is to enter with mercy and awareness those pains, mental and physical, from which we have withdrawn in judgment and dismay."
"There is nothing noble about suffering except the love and forgiveness with which we meet it."
"God is not someone or something separate but is the suchness in each moment, the underlying reality."
"That which is impermanent attracts compassion. That which is not provides wisdom."
"Our life is composed of events and states of mind. How we appraise our life from our deathbed will be predicated not only on what came to us in life but how we lived with it. It will not be simply illness or health, riches or poverty, good luck or bad, which ultimately define whether we believe we have had a good life or not, but the quality of our relationship to these situations: the attitudes of our states of mind."
The living economy frame shifts the focus from making money to making a living. This simple shift in perspective shines a spotlight on the many ways we can simultaneously improve the quality of our lives while reducing our human burden on the biosphere.
In a living economy, the rights and interests of living communities of living, breathing people engaged in a living exchange with the natural systems of their bioregion properly take priority over the presumed rights of artificial corporate entities that value life only as a marketable commodity and operate by the moral code of a malignant cancer. Protecting the boundaries of the community from intrusion by predatory corporations is an essential function of any responsible government. ~ David Korten