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Thank you for reading. In spiritual terms, success is measured by how efficiently, how effortlessly, we co- create with the universe. Happy 2012 and beyond. I read this recently: Peace doesn’t require two people; it requires only one. It has to be you. The problem begins there and ends there. And all of a sudden…
“What are your goals?” he asked.
My goals are the goals of an apple seed.
I don’t remember how I answered his question but it couldn’t have been more truthful than the apple seed metaphor.
Write what you know. This standard advice has cost more than one writer a confrere or two. Here it is:
To make the acquaintance of a tree is to gain the counsel of a wise and compassionate friend.
The last moment of your life is this one.
There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that’s your own self. – Aldous Huxley
If it isn’t right, it doesn’t exist. Satori. And, still, sometimes, it feels all wrong.
You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. ~ Franz Kafka
And there’s this.
We are spirit. And then, by wide margin, we are human. Dodger snores and it reminds me of being Better Together.
All is well.
- My Korean Deli
- When Things Fall Apart
- The Brain that Changes Itself
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
- Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work
- Tina Fey – Bossypants
From Zen Buddhism: In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few. From Santa Rosa, California, to Wolfeboro, New Hampshire – meet Dodger. He’s ours for a year. It’s never too late (or too soon) to be united and free. Journey.
What the Snowflake Knows
Mom, what time is it?
The snowflake knows.
Teacher, who won the War of 1812?
Maybe the daisy will tell you.
Lady, why are you so dumb?
Ask the oak tree.
Snowflake. Daisy. Oak tree.
Stop looking. Start finding.
Win some or learn some – Jason Mraz
Comedy keeps the heart sweet – Mark Twain
I’ll be in Paris and you’ll be in…?
I wanted a certain sacred thing. I received another – a stage play. United Parcels is playing Off Broadway where I play a role. I do not play myself. I am myself. Reality is kinder than the stories we tell about it, and this story is kind. Ms. Martini plays in New York February 2, 5+6 at Manhattan Rep.
My friend, Wayne, says: Row your boat gently. Where? Down the stream. How? Merrily. Why? Life is but a dream.
And one of my favorite poems (author unknown):
What you think about expands. I will be seeing you. Somewhere.
and please consider with me…
“It takes great learning to understand that all things, events, encounters, and circumstances are helpful.” ~ A Course in Miracles
“My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and my talents, and I lay them both at his feet.” ~ Gandi
And, now, on the advice of Bikram: eyes open mouth closed.
As we picked blueberries, she said, “Amy, I’m a lot like you. I always wanted to be in theatre.” Hmmm, I thought. I haven’t always wanted to be in theatre. So why am I in it, I wondered.
It’s about staying connected to our ultimate creative source. As it turns out, we’re in theatre at the moment. What’s next? Who knows? It’s fall. The apples are ripe. Go. Be. Do.
All is well. Only good will come of this. Thank you. And from my dad. Pretty cool.
In my twenties: went around and around with someone over Love. He insisted Love always contained hate. It was “law” he declared, like I might get arrested for my beliefs. I disagreed with him then and still do today. Thank you, Eckhart Tolle:
Emotion literally means “disturbance.” The word comes from the Latin “emovere,” meaning “to disturb.”
Love, joy, and peace are deep states of Being…as such they have no opposite…Emotions, on the other hand, being part of the dualistic mind, are subject to the law of opposites.
In my forties: I write a play about a man who loves a woman (including her weaker places) without phone, email, text message, iChat, Facebook, Skype or USPS. Simply face to face. And, this, from Byron Katie:
is it true? can you prove it’s true? how do you react when you believe the thought? who are you without the thought? and who are you without your story?
The Universe loves momentum. It’s summer. Take a deep breath, be grateful for everything just as it is and swim. Or don’t. Either way, we are loved in spite of it all (and it will be over soon). XO.
Having recently cast my brother, Dave, in a number of family skits, I am reminded I have a funny brother (as in – he has a great sense of humor).
Due, in part, to his heroic participation in my life, I decided to audition for a role in the local play here in New Hampshire. Being a minor-league playwright, I’ve had the privilege of seeing actors work hard to memorize my scripts.
I am Julia in “Dilemmas with Dinner” by Robin Roberts (a farce in two acts). With each rehearsal, I have a better understanding of why Julia says what she says. Also, I am working with actors who show up, work hard, and go home. There’s nothing overly emotional about anyone and no one acts like we need to bond over drinks in order to make the show work.
Spring ’10. Dilemmas.
Even on the loneliest night, when it seems there is no one else on earth willing to travel such a strange and magical road, you will find your tribe out walking among the stars.
The secret of life is to “die before you die” – and find that there is no death.
Nothing happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will happen in the future; it will happen in the Now.
The Four…The Seven…What if the whole universe wanted to work on your behalf? Would you say yes? It is winter. The trees have no leaves. Shout at the trees for having no leaves and the trees will bear witness to our tantrums. Nature acts. It does not speak; explain; justify. Thank you.
We’re together when we’re together and when we’re apart we’re together. Happy Winter. Love.
Sculpting the Light is a term photographers use when working to create specific images. I’m using it too. Be light. You already are.
Fall ’09. It’s all about neuroplasty.
and…from “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle: “Water? What do you mean by that? I don’t understand it. This is what a fish would say if it had a human mind.”
Stay great. You already are.
A Failure of Nerve, Edwin H. Friedman
Take good care of your hearts, your minds and
your souls. Protect your valuables.
Be careful what you swallow, especially when you’re thirsty.
A little girl with no mommy, no money, no conscience.
When she grew up, nothing could stop her. Nothing.
What does she deserve?
She’s got it.
There is a place where the water is clean +
There is a time when peace prevails +
There is a gift that transforms =
Here. Now. Listen. Thank you.
From Genesis –
It is not good for man to be alone…
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother,
and be joined to his wife…
The Lesson? I’m still learning.
And is it me, or is it creepy when aging men (and women) eagerly wait for young girls to reach their eighteenth birthdays? It’s enough to make a person puke.
Note to self – for techniques on maintaining direction and stability: Martha Beck’s “Steering by Starlight” and David Burns’ “Feeling Good -the new mood therapy.” Beck’s description of clean pain and dirty pain is magnificent.
Another note to self – It is spring.