quote du jour ~hesse

You know quite well, deep within you, that there is only a single magic, a single power, a single salvation…and that is called loving. Well, then, love your suffering. Do not resist it, do not flee from it. It is your aversion that hurts, nothing else.

~Hermann Hesse

i know the way you can get ~hafiz

I know the way you can get
When you have not had a drink of Love:

Your face hardens,
Your sweet muscles cramp.
Children become concerned
About a strange look that appears in your eyes
Which even begins to worry your own mirror
And nose.

Squirrels and birds sense your sadness
And call an important conference in a tall tree.
They decide which secret code to chant
To help your mind and soul.

Even angels fear that brand of madness
That arrays itself against the world
And throws sharp stones and spears into
The innocent
And into one’s self.

O I know the way you can get
If you have not been drinking Love:

You might rip apart
Every sentence your friends and teachers say,
Looking for hidden clauses.

You might weigh every word on a scale
Like a dead fish.

You might pull out a ruler to measure
From every angle in your darkness
The beautiful dimensions of a heart you once

I know the way you can get
If you have not had a drink from Love’s

That is why all the Great Ones speak of
The vital need
To keep remembering God,
So you will come to know and see Him
As being so Playful
And Wanting,
Just Wanting to help.

That is why Hafiz says:
Bring your cup near me.
For all I care about
Is quenching your thirst for freedom!

All a Sane man can ever care about
Is giving Love!


quote du jour ~leloup

Do not believe anything merely because you are told it is so, because others believe it, because it comes from tradition, or because you have imagined it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect. Believe, take for your doctrine, and hold true to that which, after serious investigation, seems to you to further the welfare of all beings. (47)

~Jean-Yves Leloup, Compassion and Meditation: The Spiritual Dynamic between Buddhism and Christianity

quote du jour ~lamott – it’s funny…

It’s funny: I always imagined when I was a kid that adults had some kind of inner toolbox full of shiny tools: the saw of discernment, the hammer of wisdom, the sandpaper of patience. But then when I grew up I found that life handed you these rusty bent old tools—friendships, prayer, conscience, honesty—and said ‘do the best you can with these, they will have to do’. And mostly, against all odds, they do.

~Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

quote du jour ~gaiman

Do not lose hope—what you seek will be found. Trust ghosts. Trust those that you have helped to help you in their turn. Trust dreams. Trust your heart, and trust your story.
~Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things

quote du jour ~gandhi – it’s the action….

It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.

~Mahatma Gandhi

the power of kindness

We are the leaves of one branch, the drops of one sea, the flowers of one garden.
~Jean-Baptiste Henri Lacordaire

I know I’m not alone in my deep sadness over the deaths of the 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Connecticut. We are all connected, and when even one of us is taken, we all feel the loss. Since the shooting last Friday, I think we’ve all felt defeated in our attempts to make sense of such an unimaginable tragedy, and I think we’ve all wished that we could fix it somehow…that we could do something, anything, to somehow make it okay, or at least better.

In the past few days, I’ve posted a couple of blog posts by kindness girl, aka Patience Salgado (who lives just a couple of miles from me here in Richmond but whom I’ve never met), because I can always count on her to find a way to articulate difficult feelings and to turn sadness and despair into fuel for acts of kindness. I’ve also posted a link to an article about the dogs that were brought to Newtown to help comfort these people who are in the midst of an unbelievable nightmare. I’ve posted these things because I haven’t really known what else to do, and I thought I’d post a couple more in case, like me, you’re feeling the need to do something.

Many people have wanted to send cards and gifts to Sandy Hook Elementary School. If you do, please send to: The Town of Newtown, 3 Primrose Street, Newtown, CT 06470. I learned tonight that the children will not be returning to Sandy Hook but will instead be having school in the next town over for the remainder of the year.

I also read tonight about a movement that was started by NBC news correspondent Ann Curry challenging her Twitter followers to commit to 26 acts of kindness in honor of the 26 victims of the shootings. The idea has already gone viral, with people answering the call in a multitude of ways both large and small. For me, this is not only an opportunity to honor the victims, it’s also a way of helping to increase the light in the world. Every act of kindness shines a light, and against so many lights, the darkness cannot stand.

If this is something that resonates with you, think about how you can commit 26 acts of kindness. Buy a coffee for someone. Pay the toll for the car behind you. Donate to Toys for Tots. Do what feels right for you. Know that whatever you do, it will mean something and it will make a difference.

Wherever there is a human being, there is a chance for a kindness.

canine comfort

pathwriter’s note: Someone posted this article on Facebook just now, but I can’t seem to get it to show up here, so you’ll have to follow the link. I am so touched at the kindness and compassion of these dog owners, who were willing to travel many miles to offer comfort to the family members and friends of the Newtown victims.