Howard Zinn -
To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, and kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places - and there are so many - where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.....
I saw the moon this morning, lit candles all over the house. I saw a deer yesterday and an acorn woodpecker. I am watching the trees wave and the birds dart and dive. It is an exquisite beginning to the day....
Esthetique du Chien
- Don McKay
Among humans, only
baseball gloves and vulvas, organs
who embrace their guests in velvet,
can rival my dog's nose,
Say hello. Pat his noble head.
Feel him lift your aura gently
lead it through frescoed passages
down to the furry boudoir of his heart.
Sweet Georgia Brown.
This is where your glands hang out,
this is where the band makes
gravy, thickening mix
with woofs and recollected howls, 'f you
don't like my taters how come you dig so deep, saliva
burbling down the long trombone.
We went to see The Visitor tonight. It is a must-see....
I won't say any more than that. Go and see for yourself.....
Let sweetness spin the planet so that lunacy blows away.
Breath and body are two sides of the same coin and the condition of one directly affects the condition of the other. If the breath is shallow or constricted, sensations are weak and dull and indistinct, because we have no access to our life force. When the breath becomes full or fluid, or we can say deep, sensations become once again vibrant and present. By sensations I mean aliveness: we feel light, we feel vibrant and energetic. Breathing activates all this and it comes to us as an experience, a tactile experience. It is important that what the breath does is not just breathing air. It is an active force coming in with motion and touching us. Not that we cannot activate sensations by scratching and massage and all, but when the breath comes in, it activates that which we are on a very cellular level.
- Ruth Denison