Thursday, August 16, 2018

Hot Weather

Last night my husband bit his cheek, I stubbed my toe, the dog puked and I broke a glass, all within 20 minutes. The night before I placed my dress onto the toilet seat preparing for my bath and when I got out I saw my dress soaking wet inside the toilet bowl. I thought the lid was closed but I was wrong.

The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak

The Forty Rules of Love is a book written by the Turkish female author Elif Shafak. Her book is inspired by Rumi's message of love and his companionship with his spiritual master Shams of Tabriz. It's a book that encourages you to transform your life and fill it with love.


“Things that can seem malicious or unfortunate are often a blessing in disguise, whereas things that might seem pleasant can be harmful in the long run.”

“Why do we have to fight everything? We’re always talking about fighting inflation, fighting AIDS, fighting cancer, fighting corruption, fighting terrorism, even fighting extra pounds. Don’t we have any other way of dealing with things?”

“After I lost the woman I loved, I metamorphosed drastically.”

“You think you cannot live anymore. You think that the light of your soul has been put out and that you will stay in the dark forever. But when you are engulfed by such solid darkness, when you have both eyes closed to the world, a third eye opens in your heart. And only then do you come to realize that eyesight conflicts with inner knowledge. No eye sees so clear and sharp as the eye of love. After grief comes another season, another valley, another you. And the lover who is nowhere to be found, you start to see everywhere.”

“For the silk to prosper, the silkworm had to die.”

“Doubts are good. It means you are alive and searching.”

“We don’t need to hunt for love outside ourselves. All we need to do is to eliminate the barriers inside that keep us away from love.”

“I slept peacefully that night, feeling exultant and determined. Little did I know that I was making the most common and the most painful mistake women have made all throughout the ages: to naively think that with their love they can change the man they love.”

“For new experiences to come to light, old ones need to wither away.”

“You can be Rumi. If you let love take hold of you and change you, at first through its presence, then through its absence.”

“Don’t judge the way other people connect to God. To each his own way and his own prayer. God does not take us at our word. He looks deep into our hearts. It is not the ceremonies or rituals that make a difference, but whether our hearts are sufficiently pure or not.”

“One who thinks he has all the answers is the most ignorant.”

“There is no such thing as early or late in life. Everything happens at the right time.”

“She had discovered that once she accepted that she didn’t have to stress herself about things she had no control over, another self emerged from inside—one who was wiser, calmer, and far more sensible.”

“Where there is love, there is bound to be heartache.”

“Every true love and friendship is a story of unexpected transformation. If we are the same person before and after we loved, that means we haven’t loved enough.”

Stay Cool

It's 90 degrees and I am wearing a wet bathing suit in an air conditioned room because it's the only way to stay cool even if I get pneumonia!

Peaches!

We got a half bushel of seconds peaches from the big apple farm and they are amazing.

Courage and Determination

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/accounts/

FREE PRESS

I have worked in Newspapers my whole life and I got my start at the Boston Globe. FREE PRESS!
http://apps.bostonglobe.com/opinion/graphics/2018/08/freepress/
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/08/15/opinion/editorials/free-press-local-journalism-news-donald-trump.html

Fruit that Grows on Trees!

There are 2 pear trees on my walk in Blackstone that are laden with fruit. They look decorated Christmas trees. I hope to sample a few pears. My favorite apple tree is on an alternate year. There's not a single apple on it. Other years we've carted away 5-6 bushels! Last night we salvaged peaches from a downed tree limb on our street. They were under ripe so we have them in a paper bag. We'll see if they ripen.

Deep Breaths

"On stressful days when I can't find a block of time to exercise or relax, I do things to regroup that don't take much time, such as sitting quietly for a few minutes and taking deep breaths."— Deborah J. Rhodes, M.D.

“Country a-changin’, got to change with it!”

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/15/theater/oklahoma-same-sex-oregon-shakespeare-festival.html

70+ Overdose on New Haven Green

Article
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/08/16/it-is-taking-people-out-more-than-70-people-overdose-on-k2-in-a-single-day-in-new-haven/
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/15/nyregion/new-haven-overdose-k2.html

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Hoarse Whisperer

The Hoarse Whisperer
‏ @HoarseWisperer
21h21 hours ago

The Hoarse Whisperer Retweeted The Associated Press

I forgot today was the Bernie Solstice.

That’s the day of the year when Bernie comes his closest to being a Democrat.

I usually celebrate with some light dancing around a maypole - as is the custom of my people.

The Hoarse Whisperer added,
The Associated Press
Verified account @AP
BREAKING: US Sen. Bernie Sanders wins Vermont Democratic primary but is expected to turn down nomination and run as independent.

Ram Dass

Finding the Present Through Everyday Action

by Ram Dass

When I’m with another person, it’s very easy for me to be present, or when I’m in a beautiful, stimulating place; but when I’m just by myself, I don’t know where I am – I’m gone a lot of the time. How do I deal with that?

Well, most of the time we’re living in our minds; we’re living in memories, plans, reflections, judgments; the mind is just continually presenting thoughts, and we’re buying them. Then we lose the moment; we’re just off with the thought; we’re not there at all.

I keep training myself so that, like in my little house, dishes have to be done, and when I start to do the dishes, I can feel the difference between when I start to do the dishes and when I finish doing the dishes. When I start to do the dishes, I’m busy ‘I gotta do the dishes, so I can get back to my desk’ or ‘I’ve gotta make that phone call. I’d better do the dishes first’ and then as I start to do the dishes, it’s an interesting experience.

I was at a Benedictine monastery some years back, we couldn’t talk; it was silent, and the only time you ever talked was when you were in line to wash your tin plate; you were standing, and you could sort of whisper, I mean, it was sort of a funny little kind ‘hole’ in the system; it was a loophole; and there was a man in front of me, and he had a brush with the soap on it, and he was washing his tin plate, and I was looking over his shoulder, and I said to him, ‘cause he only had a moment to talk, and I said, ‘How long have you been here?’ and he said, ’17 years’; and there was a quality in the term, 17 years, and the tone of voice he said it in, and that brush going around on that plate that was so profound a moment for me, of a certain kind of surrender, a certain kind of peacefulness, a certain kind of ‘just washing the plate’; and it’s interesting, ‘cause when I pick up the brush and put the soap on it, you know, squirt the Dove or whatever it is, and a little glass, fill it with water, and stick it in, and start to rub the plate, there it is again; and I start out washing the dishes to get done, and by the time I’m done, I’m so ‘high’ from washing the dishes.

My job at the Barre retreat center had always been washing pots, and they come in, and they see me washing pots, and they think, ‘Oh, poor Ram Dass, he’s got this dirty, heavy job’ but I’m just washing these pots, and others have to sit and meditate, and I’m just washing these pots.

So you can take your moments and train yourself to keep coming back in by just doing what you’re doing.

Very often when I’m driving, I’m busy going somewhere, until I think, ‘Where am I?’, just the question, ‘Where am I?’ ‘I’m driving. My hands are on the steering wheel. My foot’s on the accelerator.’ And then going deeper, and the ‘my’ disappears, and there’s just ‘hands’ on the steering wheel and foot on the accelerator, and passing images, and you just keep using everything to come back into the moment.



-Ram Dass

Gina DeMillo Wagner

When Alan died, I did not feel relief. I felt immediate, unmistakable sadness. I grieved not only for the loss of my brother, but also for the loss of any possibility for a better life for him or a closer relationship for us.

I recall a grade-school teacher telling me what a lucky little girl I was. “Your brother is special. You are so lucky to have him. He will teach you things that no other brother can.” At the time, those words stung. Lucky? I felt so very unlucky to be Alan’s sister. I felt small and unseen.

Looking back, I know this teacher was right. Alan taught me that humans are imperfect, vulnerable beings. Watching the way people behaved around my brother, I understood there is incredible kindness and unimaginable cruelty in the world. Thanks to Alan, I gained patience, empathy, diplomacy, maturity and compassion.
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V.S. Naipaul

“We do not control who we grieve for.”
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Neglected Horse Sues Owner

Article

Surrender

“Instead of resisting to changes, surrender. Let life be with you, not against you. If you think ‘My life will be upside down’ don’t worry. How do you know down is not better than upside? A good man complains of no one; he does not look to faults. A life without love is of no account. Don't ask yourself what kind of love you should seek, spiritual or material, divine or mundane, eastern or western…divisions only lead to more divisions. Love has no labels, no definitions. It is what it is, pure and simple. Love is the water of life. And a lover is a soul of fire! The universe turns differently when fire loves water. The universe is a complete unique entity. Everything and everyone is bound together with some invisible strings. Do not break anyone’s heart; do not look down on weaker than you. One’s sorrow at the other side of the world can make the entire world suffer; one’s happiness can make the entire world smile. Most of conflicts and tensions are due to language. Don't pay so much attention to the words. In love’s country, language doesn't have its place. Love's mute”
― Shams Tabrizi

Shams

“Wherever you go, east, west, north or south, think of it as a journey into yourself! The one who travels into itself travels the world.”
― Shams Tabrizi

Heaven and Hell


“Hell and heaven are not to be found in future, for they are now, present. When we love each other selflessly, it is real heaven, and when we are at war with each other and spread hatred that is the real hell.”
― Shams Tabrizi

Whole Universe

“The whole universe is sum up in the Human Being. Devil is not a monster waiting to trap us, He is a voice inside. Look for Your Devil in Yourself, not in the Others.
Don’t forget that the one who knows his Devil, knows his God.”
― Shams Tabrizi

A Chance


“Every breath is a chance to reborn spiritually. But to be reborn into a new life, you have to die before dying.”
― Shams Tabrizi

Live With the People

“You have to live with the people in hypocrisy for them to stay happy with you.”
― Shams Tabrizi

Surrendering

“Surrendering is not a weakness. At the contrary it is strength. The surrender stops living in boiling water and starts living in a secure place.”
― Shams Tabrizi

The Grudge

“The real dirt is not outside,
but inside, in our hearts.
We can wash all stains with water.
The only one we can’t remove is the grudge and the bad intentions sticking to our hearts.”
― Shams Tabrizi

Mirror

“The summary of the advice of all prophets is this;
Find yourself a mirror.”
― Shams Tabrizi

Pure

“Don’t judge the way other people connect to God; to each his own way and his own prayer.

God does not take us at our word. He looks deep into our hearts. It is not the ceremonies or rituals that make a difference, but whether our hearts are sufficiently pure or not.”
― Shams Tabrizi, Rumi's Sun: The Teachings of Shams of Tabriz

Look for Your Devil in Yourself

“The whole universe is sum up in the Human Being.
Devil is not a monster waiting to trap us,
He is a voice inside.
Look for Your Devil in Yourself,
not in the Others.
Don’t forget that the one who knows his Devil,
knows his God.”
― Shams Tabrizi

Love is Mute

“Most of conflicts and tensions are due to language. Don't pay so much attention to the words. In love’s country, language doesn't have its place. Love's mute.”
― Shams Tabrizi

Change Your Heart

“This world is like a mountain.
Your echo depends on you.
If you scream good things,
the world will give it back.
If you scream bad things,
the world will give it back.
Even if someone says badly about you,
speak well about him.
Change your heart to change the world.”
― Shams Tabrizi

Now Present

“Don’t search for heaven and hell in the future. Both are now present. Whenever we manage to love without expectations, calculations, negotiations, we are indeed in heaven. Whenever we fight, hate, we are in hell.”
― Shams Tabrizi

A Good Man

“A good man complains of no one; he does not look to faults.”
― Shams Tabrizi

Smile

“The universe is a complete unique entity. Everything and everyone is bound together with some invisible strings. Do not break anyone’s heart; do not look down on weaker than you. One’s sorrow at the other side of the world can make the entire world suffer; one’s happiness can make the entire world smile.”
― Shams Tabrizi

Love is the Water

“A life without love is of no account. Don't ask yourself what kind of love you should seek, spiritual or material, divine or mundane, eastern or western…divisions only lead to more divisions. Love has no labels, no definitions. It is what it is, pure and simple. Love is the water of life. And a lover is a soul of fire! The universe turns differently when fire loves water.”
― Shams Tabrizi

Surrender

“Instead of resisting to changes, surrender. Let life be with you, not against you. If you think ‘My life will be upside down’ don’t worry. How do you know down is not better than upside?”
― Shams Tabrizi

The First Step


“It is pointless trying to know where the way leads. Think only of the first step. The rest will come.”
― Shams Tabrizi

Divani Shamsi Tabriz

“From the moment you came into the world of being,
A ladder was placed before you that you might escape.”
– Divani Shamsi Tabriz

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Woonsocket: The Paris of New England

We need these here!

The Baker, The Butcher...

Article

To Play is to Learn

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/01/to-play-is-to-learn

Real play is the freedom for children to engage with and learn from the world that surrounds them. By mentally and physically connecting children to the world, play empowers them to create and grow for the rest of their lives. It is a fundamental right for all children.

Research shows that play is vital to a child’s development, equipping them with the skills necessary to tackle humanity’s future, such as emotional intelligence, creativity and problem solving. To be a superhero is to lead; to host a teddy for tea is to organise; to build a fort is to innovate: to play is to learn.

300 Dogs Saved by A Man

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Be Kind

A man stopped me in the parking lot of the Y and said he wanted to swim the SAVE the BAY swim but he's not a good swimmer. I told him you'll be amazed by how fast you'll improve with practice. But there's one very important rule: BE KIND, I told him. The only way I can get here is to say to myself: Just do one lap. Because I'm not the same person after one lap or five or ten or twenty or thirty or forty or..."

Lisbon

“It occurred to me as I walked up and down those Lisbon streets that we all—the vast majority of drug warriors, and the vast majority of legalizers—have a set of shared values. We all want to protect children from drugs. We all want to keep people from dying as a result of drug use. We all want to reduce addiction. And now the evidence strongly suggests that when we move beyond the drug war, we will be able to achieve those shared goals with much greater success.”
― Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

Effort and Reward

“Despair often happens, he had learned, when there is a “lack of balance between efforts and rewards.”
― Johann Hari, Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions

Something Strange

“Yet all over the United States—all over the world—police officers were noticing something strange. If you arrest a large number of rapists, the amount of rape goes down. If you arrest a large number of violent racists, the number of violent racist attacks goes down. But if you arrest a large number of drug dealers, drug dealing doesn’t go down.”
― Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

Smog

“Loneliness hangs over our culture today like a thick smog.”
― Johann Hari, Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions

Portugal

“Prohibition—this policy I have traced across continents and across a century—consists of endlessly spreading downward spirals. People get addicted so we humiliate and shame them until they become more addicted. They then have to feed their habit by persuading more people to buy the drugs from them and become addicted in turn. Then those people need to be humiliated and shamed. And so it goes, on and on. But in Portugal after the drug war, the state helped people to get better, and then those people helped more people to get better, and then they helped still more people to get better—and so the downward spiral of the drug war has been replaced by a healing ripple that spreads slowly out across the society.”
― Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

Stuff Superiority Showing Off

“The more you think life is about having stuff and superiority and showing it off, the more unhappy, and the more depressed and anxious, you will be.”
― Johann Hari, Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions

Disconnected

“When they added up the figures, John and other scientists found that being disconnected from the people around you had the same effect on your health as being obese—which was, until then, considered the biggest health crisis the developed world faced.”
― Johann Hari, Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions

Happy Fish

“You can’t escape it: when scientists test the water supply of Western countries, they always find it is laced with antidepressants, because so many of us are taking them and excreting them that they simply can’t be filtered out of the water we drink every day. We are literally awash in these drugs.”
― Johann Hari, Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions

Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs


“It isn’t the drug that causes the harmful behavior—it’s the environment. An isolated rat will almost always become a junkie. A rat with a good life almost never will, no matter how many drugs you make available to him. As Bruce put it: he was realizing that addiction isn’t a disease. Addiction is an adaptation. It’s not you—it’s the cage you live in.”
― Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

“The opposite of addiction isn’t sobriety. It’s connection.”
― Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

“It is a natural human instinct to turn our fears into symbols, and destroy the symbols, in the hope that it will destroy the fear. It is a logic that keeps recurring throughout human history, from the Crusades to the witch hunts to the present day.”
― Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

“Punishment—shaming a person, caging them, making them unemployable—traps them in addiction. Taking that money and spending it instead on helping them to get jobs and homes and decent lives makes it possible for many of them to stop.”
― Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

“The opposite of addiction isn't sobriety. It's connection. It's all I can offer. It's all that will help [you] in the end. If you are alone, you cannot escape addiction. If you are loved, you have a chance. For a hundred years we have been singing war songs about addicts. All along, we should have been singing love songs to them.”
― Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

“Your working assumption, when you meet a homophobe, should be that they are gay.”
― Johann Hari

“I got my dad a great father's Day present. He called to say: 'Ach. Zis present is so good I now think it vas almost vorth having children.”
― Johann Hari

“Loneliness isn’t the physical absence of other people, he said—it’s the sense that you’re not sharing anything that matters with anyone else. If you have lots of people around you—perhaps even a husband or wife, or a family, or a busy workplace—but you don’t share anything that matters with them, then you’ll still be lonely.”
― Johann Hari, Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions

“for each traumatic event that happened to a child, they were two to four times more likely to grow up to be an addicted adult.”
― Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

“More than 50 percent of Americans have breached the drug laws. Where a law is that widely broken, you can’t possibly enforce it against every lawbreaker. The legal system would collapse under the weight of it. So you go after the people who are least able to resist, to argue back, to appeal—the poorest and most disliked groups. In the United States, they are black and Hispanic people, with a smattering of poor whites.”
― Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

“the core of addiction doesn’t lie in what you swallow or inject—it’s in the pain you feel in your head. Yet we have built a system that thinks we will stop addicts by increasing their pain. “If I had to design a system that was intended to keep people addicted, I’d design exactly the system that we have right now,”
― Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

“It took me a while to see that the contrast between the racism directed at Billie and the compassion offered to addicted white stars like Judy Garland was not some weird misfiring of the drug war—it was part of the point.”
― Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

“Ethan Nadelmann, one of the leading drug reformers in the United States, had explained: "People overdose because [under prohibition] they don't know if the heroin is 1 percent or 40 percent...Just imagine if every time you picked up a bottle of wine, you didn't know whether it was 8 percent alcohol or 80 percent alcohol [or] if every time you took an aspirin, you didn't know if it was 5 milligrams or 500 milligrams.”
― Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

“When Billie Holiday came to London in the 1950s, she was amazed. They “are civilized about it and they have no narcotics problem at all,” she explained. “One day America is going to smarten up and do the”
― Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

“The Internet was born into a world where many people had already lost their sense of connection to each other. The collapse had already been taking place for decades by then. The web arrived offering them a kind of parody of what they were losing—Facebook friends in place of neighbors, video games in place of meaningful work, status updates in place of status in the world. The comedian Marc Maron once wrote that “every status update is a just a variation on a single request: ‘Would someone please acknowledge me?”
― Johann Hari, Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions

“Problem drug use is a symptom, not a cause,20 of personal and social maladjustment.”
― Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

“Protracted loneliness causes you to shut down socially, and to be more suspicious of any social contact, he found. You become hypervigilant. You start to be more likely to take offense where none was intended, and to be afraid of strangers. You start to be afraid of the very thing you need most. John calls this a “snowball” effect, as disconnection spirals into more disconnection. Lonely people are scanning for threats because they unconsciously know that nobody is looking out for them, so no one will help them if they are hurt. This snowball effect, he learned, can be reversed—but to help a depressed or severely anxious person out of it, they need more love, and more reassurance, than they would have needed in the first place. The tragedy, John realized, is that many depressed and anxious people receive less love, as they become harder to be around. Indeed, they receive judgment, and criticism, and this accelerates their retreat from the world. They snowball into an ever colder place.”
― Johann Hari, Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions

“Wouldn’t it be better to spend our money on rescuing kids before they become addicts than on jailing them after we have failed?”
― Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

“So instead of seeing your depression and anxiety as a form of madness, I would tell my younger self—you need to see the sanity in this sadness. You need to see that it makes sense. Of course it is excruciating. I will always dread that pain returning, every day of my life. But that doesn’t mean the pain is insane, or irrational. If you touch your hand to a burning stove, that, too, will be agony, and you will snatch your hand away as quickly as possible. That’s a sane response. If you kept your hand on the stove, it would burn and burn until it was destroyed.”
― Johann Hari, Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions

“Most addicts here, he says, come with an empty glass inside them; when they take heroin, the glass becomes full, but only for a few hours, and then it drains down to nothing again. The purpose of this program is to gradually build a life for the addict so they can put something else into that empty glass: a social network, a job, some daily pleasures. If you can do that, it will mean that even as the heroin drains, you are not left totally empty. Over time, as your life has more in it, the glass will contain more and more, so it will take less and less heroin to fill it up. And in the end, there may be enough within you that you feel full without any heroin at all.”
― Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

“For anybody who suspects that we need to reform the drug laws, there is an easier argument to make, and a harder argument to make. The easier argument is to say that we all agree drugs are bad—it’s just that drug prohibition is even worse.”
― Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

“The US head of state grew up on food stamps. The British head of state grew up on the postage stamps.”
― Johann Hari

“child abuse is as likely to cause drug addiction as obesity is to cause heart disease.”
― Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

“The American head of state grew up with a mother on food stamps. The British head of state grew up with a mother on postage stamps. Is that a contrast that fills you with pride?”
― Johann Hari

“Addiction is an adaptation. It’s not you—it’s the cage you live in.”
― Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

“I kept noticing a self-help cliché that people say to each other all the time, and share on Facebook incessantly. We say to each other: “Nobody can help you except you.” It made me realize: we haven’t just started doing things alone more, in every decade since the 1930s. We have started to believe that doing things alone is the natural state of human beings, and the only way to advance. We have begun to think: I will look after myself, and everybody else should look after themselves, as individuals. Nobody can help you but you. Nobody can help me but me. These ideas now run so deep in our culture that we even offer them as feel-good bromides to people who feel down—as if it will lift them up. But John has proven that this is a denial of human history, and a denial of human nature. It leads us to misunderstand our most basic instincts. And this approach to life makes us feel terrible.”
― Johann Hari, Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions

“What if depression is, in fact, a form of grief—for our own lives not being as they should? What if it is a form of grief for the connections we have lost, yet still need?”
― Johann Hari, Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions

Rebuild

“How do we start to rebuild a society where we don’t feel so alone and afraid, and where we can form healthier bonds? How do we build a society where we look for happiness in one another rather than in consumption?”
― Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

Anne Lamott

Joy is the best make up.
-Anne Lamott

Slow Ageing

You might have more control over aging than you think — here are 5 things you can do to slow it down
Hilary Brueck

https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-slow-down-aging-according-to-science-2017-11

Chromosome ends called telomeres prompt the aging process in cells.
Nobel Laureate Elizabeth Blackburn says we have more control over our telomeres than we think.
In her recent TED talk, she details some of the key ways people can live more healthful lives into old age.

Wendy Suzuki

What's the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain today? Exercise! says neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. Get inspired to go to the gym as Suzuki discusses the science of how working out boosts your mood and memory -- and protects your brain against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.
A neuroscientist is trying to create tailored 'exercise prescriptions' for aging to keep the brain sharp

https://www.businessinsider.com/neuroscientist-wendy-suzuki-exercise-prescription-cell-phone-2017-12

Hilary Brueck

Chasing the Scream

I'm reading a scary good book CHASING the SCREAM about the war on drugs.

We Picked Blueberries from the Big Apple Orchard

Delicious on my homemade granola!

Away from the Street

I have a fantasy of raising Jersey cow again just like I did one summer at camp. But I am 150 percent urbanite. I fear moving away from the street.

OODA Loop

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OODA_loop
https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-way-of-the-doofus-warrior

Moth Vitals by Nancy Wyllie

https://vimeo.com/167793479

MOTH VITALS is an experimental film about two extraordinary cases seen by RI Department of Environmental Management Veterinarian Dr. Peter Belinsky. His reflections on the requests made by long time clients who share an extraordinary reverence for life ask all of us to make no distinction between higher and lower organisms; to extend our circle of compassion to all living things and to fully embrace the mystery that is life.
My decision to make MOTH VITALS grew out of my 30 year association with Dr. Peter Belinsky. During that time he has shared many stories of heartbreak and abuse involving companion animals and those held in captivity. Together we have witnessed the plight of diverse species and have treated a variety of animals in homes, zoos and on the sea yet it is the memory of two very special clients that has lingered longest.

glass bottles of our ego

“When we get out of the glass bottles of our ego,
and when we escape like squirrels turning in the
cages of our personality
and get into the forests again,
we shall shiver with cold and fright
but things will happen to us
so that we don't know ourselves.

Cool, unlying life will rush in,
and passion will make our bodies taut with power,
we shall stamp our feet with new power
and old things will fall down,
we shall laugh, and institutions will curl up like
burnt paper.”
― D.H. Lawrence

Money

“Money poisons you when you've got it, and starves you when you haven't.”
― D.H. Lawrence

A Greater Thing

“It is a fine thing to establish one's own religion in one's heart, not to be dependent on tradition and second-hand ideals. Life will seem to you, later, not a lesser, but a greater thing.”
― D.H. Lawrence

As Long as it is Love

“No form of love is wrong, so long as it is love, and you yourself honour what you are doing. Love has an extraordinary variety of forms! And that is all there is in life, it seems to me. But I grant you, if you deny the variety of love you deny love altogether. If you try to specialize love into one set of accepted feelings, you wound the very soul of love. Love must be multi-form, else it is just tyranny, just death.”
― D.H. Lawrence

Mackerel or Herring

“There's lots of good fish in the sea...maybe...but the vast masses seem to be mackerel or herring, and if you're not mackerel or herring yourself, you are likely to find very few good fish in the sea.”
― D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover

My Creed

“This is what I believe: That I am I. That my soul is a dark forest. That my known self will never be more than a little clearing in the forest. That gods, strange gods, come forth from the forest into the clearing of my known self, and then go back. That I must have the courage to let them come and go. That I will never let mankind put anything over me, but that I will try always to recognize and submit to the gods in me and the gods in other men and women. There is my creed.”
― D.H. Lawrence

Chop

“Instead of chopping yourself down to fit the world, chop the world down to fit yourself.”
― D.H. Lawrence, Women in Love

Live My Life

“I want to live my life so that my nights are not full of regrets.”
― D.H. Lawrence

Trying Things

“I love trying things and discovering how I hate them.”
― D.H. Lawrence

Letter


“I like to write when I feel spiteful. It is like having a good sneeze."

(Letter to Cynthia Asquith, November 1913)”
― D.H. Lawrence, Letters

Life

“Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved.”
― D.H. Lawrence

That is Life

“Love is never a fulfillment. Life is never a thing of continuous bliss. There is no paradise. Fight and laugh and feel bitter and feel bliss: and fight again. Fight, fight. That is life.”
― D.H. Lawrence

A Tragic Age

“Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically. The cataclysm has happened, we are among the ruins, we start to build up new little habitats, to have new little hopes. It is rather hard work: there is now no smooth road into the future: but we go round, or scramble over the obstacles. We’ve got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen.”
― D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover

Towards

“One must learn to love, and go through a good deal of suffering to get to it, and the journey is always towards the other soul.”
― D.H. Lawrence

D.H. Lawrence

“A woman unsatisfied must have luxuries. But a woman who loves a man would sleep on a board.”
― D.H. Lawrence

Hides Away the Best

“Everyone, either from modesty or egotism, hides away the best and most delicate of his soul’s possessions; to gain the esteem of others, we must only ever show our ugliest sides; this is how we keep ourselves on the common level.”
― Gustave Flaubert, November

Lose Oneself

“The one way of tolerating existence is to lose oneself in literature as in a perpetual orgy.”
― Gustave Flaubert

Good Health

“To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.”
― Gustave Flaubert

To Leave a Place

“It is always sad to leave a place to which one knows one will never return. Such are the melancolies du voyage: perhaps they are one of the most rewarding things about traveling.”
― Gustave Flaubert, Flaubert in Egypt: A Sensibility on Tour

infinity

“An infinity of passion can be contained in one minute, like a crowd in a small space.”
― Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

You travel in your chair

“What better occupation, really, than to spend the evening at the fireside with a book, with the wind beating on the windows and the lamp burning bright...Haven't you ever happened to come across in a book some vague notion that you've had, some obscure idea that returns from afar and that seems to express completely your most subtle feelings?”
― Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

“You forget everything. The hours slip by. You travel in your chair through centuries you seem seem to see before you, your thoughts are caught up in the story, dallying with the details or following the course of the plot, you enter into characters, so that it seems as if it were your own heart beating beneath their costumes.”
― Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Slave and Master

“One can be the master of what one does, but never of what one feels.”
― Gustave Flaubert

She wanted to Die

“She wanted to die, but she also wanted to live in Paris.”
― Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

November

“Are the days of winter sunshine just as sad for you, too? When it is misty, in the evenings, and I am out walking by myself, it seems to me that the rain is falling through my heart and causing it to crumble into ruins.”
― Gustave Flaubert, November

Travel

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
― Gustave Flaubert

Cracked Kettle

“Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.”
― Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Gustave

“Do not read as children do to enjoy themselves, or, as the ambitious do to educate themselves. No, read to live.”
― Gustave Flaubert

“There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it.”
― Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert

It is a delicious thing to write, whether well or badly — to be no longer yourself but to move in an entire universe of your own creating.
-Gustave Flaubert

There is no truth. There is only perception.
-Gustave Flaubert

Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.
-Gustave Flaubert
“Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.”
― Gustave Flaubert

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.
-Gustave Flaubert

Peter B. Belinsky, VMD

Peter Belinsky attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with Drs. William Condon and Kenneth Rix. In 2005, he joined our staff after practicing in Providence for 35 years with his father. Dr. Belinisky is also the Assistant Public Health Veterinarian in Rhode Island, a position he has held for several years.

When not working at Sakonnet Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Belinsky is responsible for the health of animals coming in and out of the state — monitoring infectious diseases and overseeing animal shelters, pet stores, and kennels. He enjoys the diversity of his work, knowing he is making a contribution to animal health at both the state level and one-on-one.

A long-time resident of Edgewood, Dr. Belinsky is an avid reader and collector of books, especially those focused on art and the Revolutionary War. He is currently spearheading an initiative to identify and share information on offenders involved in animal abuse, child abuse, and interpersonal violence.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Sourdough Loves Summer

http://www.saylittlehen.com/2016/12/how-to-keep-your-sourdough-starter.html

Rebecca Tuttle

I have a vegetable garden in Maine where I grow my own corn now. Like my mother, I keep a stick of butter just for corn in the refrigerator all summer, with bits of corn silk embedded from the previous night’s cob-rolling. My children and their children and their cousins will likely never be farmers. Their bare feet will never feel that rich Tuttle soil on a summer afternoon. But at least they’ll know what fresh corn tastes like.
-Rebecca Tuttle
https://newengland.com/yankee-magazine/living/new-england-environment/corn-season/

Rehabs Abusing Humans: Unpaid Labor and Threats

http://kycir.org/2018/08/13/tell-us-your-story-about-rehabs-that-use-unpaid-labor/

LEAP Manifesto

https://leapmanifesto.org/en/the-leap-manifesto/#manifesto-content

No One

“There is no one, no matter how wise he is, who has not in his youth said things or done things that are so unpleasant to recall in later life that he would expunge them entirely from his memory if that were possible.”
― Marcel Proust

The Sky

“Now are the woods all black,
But still the sky is blue.”
― Marcel Proust, Swann's Way

The Thirst

“The thirst for something other than what we have…to bring something new, even if it is worse, some emotion, some sorrow; when our sensibility, which happiness has silenced like an idle harp, wants to resonate under some hand, even a rough one, and even if it might be broken by it.”
― Marcel Proust, Swann's Way

Struggle and Victory

“We do not receive wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness which no one else can make for us, which no one can spare us, for our wisdom is the point of view from which we come at last to regard the world. The lives that you admire, the attitudes that seem noble to you, have not been shaped by a paterfamilias or a schoolmaster, they have sprung from very different beginnings, having been influenced by evil or commonplace that prevailed round them. They represent a struggle and a victory.”
― Marcel Proust

The Tears

“It is often hard to bear the tears that we ourselves have caused.”
― Marcel Proust

“People who are not in love fail to understand how an intelligent man can suffer because of a very ordinary woman. This is like being surprised that anyone should be stricken with cholera because of a creature so insignificant as the common bacillus.”
― Marcel Proust

“Love is not vain because it is frustrated, but because it is fulfilled. The people we love turn to ashes when we possess them.”
― Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past: Volume II - The Guermantes Way & Cities of the Plain

Everything Great

“Everything great in the world is done by neurotics; they alone founded our religions and created our masterpieces.”
― Marcel Proust

Thanks to Art

“Thanks to art, instead of seeing one world only, our own, we see that world multiply itself and we have at our disposal as many worlds as there are original artists, worlds more different one from the other than those which revolve in infinite space, worlds which, centuries after the extinction of the fire from which their light first emanated, whether it is called Rembrandt or Vermeer, send us still each one its special radiance.”
― Marcel Proust

Days Past


“Now there is one thing I can tell you: you will enjoy certain pleasures you would not fathom now. When you still had your mother you often thought of the days when you would have her no longer. Now you will often think of days past when you had her. When you are used to this horrible thing that they will forever be cast into the past, then you will gently feel her revive, returning to take her place, her entire place, beside you. At the present time, this is not yet possible. Let yourself be inert, wait till the incomprehensible power ... that has broken you restores you a little, I say a little, for henceforth you will always keep something broken about you. Tell yourself this, too, for it is a kind of pleasure to know that you will never love less, that you will never be consoled, that you will constantly remember more and more.”
― Marcel Proust

Image


“Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have of them.”
― Marcel Proust

Favorite Book

“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we believe we left without having lived them, those we spent with a favorite book.”
― Marcel Proust, Days of Reading

Blossom

“Desire makes everything blossom; possession makes everything wither and fade.”
― Marcel Proust

Remain

“People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive. It is as though they were traveling abroad.”
― Marcel Proust

Healed


“We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.”
― Marcel Proust

Simple Way

“Like many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying a simple thing in a simple way.”
― Marcel Proust

A Little Dreaming

“If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less, but to dream more, to dream all the time.”
― Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past

True Paradises

“The true paradises are the paradises that we have lost.”
― Marcel Proust

So Soon

“It comes so soon, the moment when there is nothing left to wait for.”
― Marcel Proust

Reading


“Reading is that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude.”
― Marcel Proust

Destination

“My destination is no longer a place, rather a new way of seeing.”
― Marcel Proust

Journey

“We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.”
― Marcel Proust

Love


“Love is a striking example of how little reality means to us.”
― Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time

Happiness and Grief

“Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.”
― Marcel Proust

Every Reader


“Every reader, as he reads, is actually the reader of himself. The writer's work is only a kind of optical instrument he provides the reader so he can discern what he might never have seen in himself without this book. The reader's recognition in himself of what the book says is the proof of the book's truth.”
― Marcel Proust, Time Regained

Patch of Sky


“Always try to keep a patch of sky above your life.”
― Marcel Proust, Swann's Way

“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.”
― Marcel Proust

Souls Blossom

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
― Marcel Proust

Marcel Proust

Marcel Proust —
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.'

Janna Kipness

Therapist

Naomi Klein

Things are pretty shocking out there right now -- record-breaking storms, deadly terror attacks, thousands of migrants disappearing beneath the waves and openly supremacist movements rising. Are we responding with the urgency that these overlapping crises demand from us? Journalist and activist Naomi Klein studies how governments use large-scale shocks to push societies backward. She shares a few propositions from "The Leap" -- a manifesto she wrote alongside indigenous elders, climate change activists, union leaders and others from different backgrounds -- which envisions a world after we've already made the transition to a clean economy and a much fairer society. "The shocking events that fill us with dread today can transform us, and they can transform the world for the better," Klein says. "But first we need to picture the world that we're fighting for. And we have to dream it up together."

This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.

Oskar Eustis

Why Theater is Essential to Democracy

Truth comes from the collision of different ideas, and theater plays an essential role in showing us that truth, says legendary artistic director Oskar Eustis. In this powerful talk, Eustis outlines his plan to reach (and listen to) people in places across the US where the theater, like many other institutions, has turned its back -- like the deindustrialized Rust Belt. "Our job is to try to hold up a vision to America that shows not only who all of us are individually, but that welds us back into the commonality that we need to be," Eustis says. "That's what the theater is supposed to do."

As the artistic director of New York's legendary Public Theater, Oskar Eustis nurtures new, groundbreaking works that shift the cultural conversation.

Throughout his career, Oskar Eustis has been dedicated to the development of new plays and the classics as a director, dramaturg and producer. Among the plays he's helped bring into being, you can count Angels in America, the Tony-winning Hamilton and Fun Home, with more new work constantly on the bubble. Throughout his career, he has also produced and directed Shakespeare in venues around the US, from prisons to Broadway, including The Public's 2017 free Shakespeare in the Park staging of Julius Ceasar that generated a national conversation.

Eustis has also directed the world premieres of plays by Philip Kan Gotanda, David Henry Hwang, Emily Mann, Suzan-Lori Parks, Ellen McLaughlin and Eduardo Machado, among many others. He's a professor of dramatic writing and arts and public policy at New York University and has held professorships at UCLA, Middlebury College and Brown University, where he founded and chaired the Trinity Rep/Brown University consortium for professional theater training. He has been Artistic Director of The Public Theater in New York since 2005.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Adventure!

I went to the Lincoln YMCA to swim at 5PM today and at 5:15 there was a BLACKOUT and the lights and everything went off even the security lights didn't come on. I asked the sweet lifeguard for a flashlight so I could navigate the dressing room and open my locker. He offered to use his cell phone to light the way and I threw my clothes on over my bathing suit. It was a fun adventure!

Freshly Picked Blueberries + Home Made Granola!

A Steady Wish


“Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.”
― C.S. Lewis

“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.”
― C.S. Lewis

“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”
― C.S. Lewis

“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”
― C.S. Lewis

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
― C.S. Lewis

“A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

“Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair

Imagine

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Old Enough

“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
― C.S. Lewis

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
― C.S. Lewis

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.”
― C.S. Lewis

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”
― C.S. Lewis

“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.”
― C.S. Lewis

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

“Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.”
― C.S. Lewis

“I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.”
― C.S. Lewis

To Love


“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

C.S. Lewis

“Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”
― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
― C.S. Lewis

Ronald P. Johnson

Ron Johnson

1936 - 2018 Obituary Guest Book
Ronald Johnson Obituary

Ronald P. Johnson

South Windsor, CT - Ronald P. Johnson of South Windsor, CT passed away on July 7, 2018. Son of the late David L. and Barbara (Hayes) Johnson, Ron was born on September 13, 1936, in Fitchburg, MA. Along with his parents, Ron was predeceased by his brothers Barry and Louis Johnson. Ron spent his early years in Worcester and Shrewsbury, MA where he graduated Shrewsbury High School in 1956 and received higher education at Worcester Junior College and Clark University. Ron served in the U.S. Army for two and ½ years.

After the Army, Ron served as head crew coach at Trinity College in Hartford, then continued coaching at Holy Cross and Assumption Colleges while working at Barre Publishers, Barre, MA. Barre published fine non-fiction books focusing on art, photography, Americana and folk art, and was nationally recognized for attention to fine design and production. In 1970, President Alden Johnson, with Ron (named Vice President in 1964) and a limited number of investors, founded the Imprint Society, a publisher of limited edition books for collectors. These books featured original signed graphics, fine paper and bindings, and custom slipcases. Each book was numbered and signed by the artist, and/or the editor. Ron served as president of both companies for two years before selling them to Crown Publishers in 1975.

Following a brief stint as an administrator, directing the publications programs and other administrative functions for a national environmental consulting firm, Ron devoted his energies to his business "Time Past" as a dealer in antique clocks and period American Furniture of the 18th and 19th centuries until retirement in 2010.

Ron's non-professional activities included: member of Long Range Planning Committee of Clark University, trustee of Worcester Jr. College, member of the development committee of the Worcester Science Center, past President and co-founder of Opera Worcester, Inc., chairman of the Architectural Design and Review Commission for the Town of South Windsor. From 2001 – 2010 Ron served as a trustee of CT Landmarks (formerly the Antiquarian and Landmarks Society) on the Governance and Collections Committees, then as Vice President and finally as Co-President.

Memberships and affiliations: The National Trust for Historic Preservation Historical Deerfield; The South Windsor Land Trust; The Connecticut River Watershed Council; National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors; The Hartford Barge Club (an active rowing club); The Wadsworth Atheneum; and The Worcester Art Museum.

Ron is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth (Betsy) Birdsall Johnson, by his sons Ron and wife Stacey of Worcester, MA, David and wife Tracy of Warren, MA, step-sons Todd T. Blake and Lidia Polda of Phillipston, MA, Thomas M. Blake and wife Jennifer of Willington, CT, sister Barbara Johnson Durkin and nieces Casey and

Molly Durkin of Northborough, nephews Barry and Patrick Johnson, niece Gudrun Johnson and nephew Kurt Johnson, niece Erica Johnson, granddaughter Brittany Johnson, and grandchildren Shea, McKenzie, Kaylin and Derek Blake.

A private "Celebration of Life" will be held for family and close friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Riverfront Youth Rowing Program at Riverfront Recapture, 50 Columbus Blvd, 1st Floor, Hartford CT 06106. Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Aug. 3 to Aug. 5, 2018

You must not think

You must not think I am forgetful in my long silences.
- C. S. Lewis

Dalai Lama XIV



I am reading Dalai Lama quotes so I don't dwell on the sad thoughts of yesterday.

“If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

“World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

“Look at children. Of course they may quarrel, but generally speaking they do not harbor ill feelings as much or as long as adults do. Most adults have the advantage of education over children, but what is the use of an education if they show a big smile while hiding negative feelings deep inside? Children don’t usually act in such a manner. If they feel angry with someone, they express it, and then it is finished. They can still play with that person the following day.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

“There is only one important point you must keep in your mind and let it be your guide. No matter what people call you, you are just who you are. Keep to this truth. You must ask yourself how is it you want to live your life. We live and we die, this is the truth that we can only face alone. No one can help us, not even the Buddha. So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?”
― Dalai Lama XIV

“Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

“All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction”
― Dalai Lama XIV

“A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

“I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives. I’m not talking about the short-term gratification of pleasures like sex, drugs or gambling (though I’m not knocking them), but something that will bring true and lasting happiness. The kind that sticks.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

Dalai Lama XIV: Love is...

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

“Love is the absence of judgment.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

“There is a saying in Tibetan, 'Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.'
No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
― Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness

“Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

“Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

“Silence is sometimes the best answer”
― Dalai Lama XIV

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it's not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

“This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

“Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
― Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness

“When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways--either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

Sunday, August 12, 2018

The Less We Read. . .

“The less we read, the more harmful it is what we read.”
― Miguel de Unamuno

Those Who Believe

“Those who believe that they believe in God, but without passion in their hearts, without anguish in mind, without uncertainty, without doubt, without an element of despair even in their consolation, believe only in the God idea, not God Himself.”
― Miguel de Unamuno