Saturday, 25 February 2012
"You carry Mother Earth within you," says Thay. "She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment.

"In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of
prayer. In that kind of relationship you have enough love, strength and awakening in order to change your life.

Changing is not just changing the things outside of us. First of all we need the right view that transcends all notions including of being and non-being, creator and creature, mind and spirit. That kind of insight is crucial for transformation and healing.

Fear, separation, hate and anger come from the wrong view that you and the earth are two separate entities, the Earth is only the environment. You are in the centre and you want to do something for the Earth in order for you to survive. That is a dualistic way of seeing.

So to breathe in and be aware of your body and look deeply into it and realise you are the Earth and your consciousness is also the consciousness of the earth. Not to cut the tree not to pollute the water, that is not enough." 

Thich Nhat Hanh

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Let us breathe mindfully to be aware of what is going on, 
and try our best to preserve our humanness.
Thich Nhat Hanh

The closer we live to danger, the more we have become masters at managing through skill and perception that which could harm us.
El MarRio AMoor  

We are more than we have been told.

Memory is created by Kapha, and requires ojas.
Without it, you cannot fully integrate Experience.
You are told a lot about your education, but some beautiful, sacred memory, preserved since childhood, is perhaps the best education of all. 
 If a man carries many such memories into life with him, he is saved for the rest of his days. 
And even if only one good memory is left in our hearts, it may also be the instrument of our salvation one day.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

Laughter is a necessity in life that does not cost much, and the Old Ones say that one of the greatest healing powers in our life is the ability to laugh.
Larry Aitken, Chippewa

Every thing or living being that exists in this world, be it trees, flowers, birds, grasses, rocks, soil of the earth, or human beings, has its unique manner of existence - its essence, its spirit that makes it what it is. That is what is meant by connectedness. 
Larry Aitken, Chippewa

Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were.  The life of a (hu)man is a circle from childhood to childhood and so it is everything where power moves.
Black Elk (Hehaka sapa), OGLALA SIOUX

Saturday, 4 February 2012

There is an ancient Indian saying that something lives only as long as the last person who remembers it. My people have come to trust memory over history. Memory, like fire, is radiant and immutable while history serves only those who seek to control it, those who douse the flame of memory in order to put out the dangerous fire of truth. Beware these men for they are dangerous themselves and unwise. Their false history is written in the blood of those who might remember and of those who seek the truth.
Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman

Be Humble

You, yourself, are time; your senses are your clocks.

In this time, wherein our pods are shifting so much, remember Family isn’t always blood. They’re the ones in your life who appreciate having you in theirs – the ones who encourage you, who embrace who you are Now, and who you are becoming. This is your real Soul Family.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

 "One who understands others has knowledge;
one who understands himself has wisdom.
Mastering others requires force;
mastering the self needs strength.''

Tao Te Ching

Story of Crow

“When the young people stop singing the old songs and there are no more dreams and visions of greatness there will be no more power. So as your vision is, so shall your power and strength be. So as your faith is, so shall your success and victory be.” 
Heritary Chief Phil Lane Jr., Ihanktowan Dakota and Chickasaw Nations
That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.
  Emily Dickinson
“We tend to see, experience and respond to people as products (identities, labels, and members of a category) rather than as ongoing process. We see ourselves and others as ‘who we are’ (products) and not as simultaneously ‘who we are’ (which includes our history of becoming who we are) and ‘who we are becoming.’ Yet, each one of us is, at every moment, both being and becoming.”