August 16th, 2008

alan - joshua tree bloom

Good Morning!

I keep trying to stay away from the Georgia-Russia mess but something draws me in. I figured the Bushies would stir something up in the next few months, but I thought it would involve Iran. This seemed to come out of left field, until I read this article. When did Israel start selling weapons to Georgia? Seven years ago. Interesting. Now, in the last few months they stopped selling weapons to Georgia, recognizing the situation was getting dangerous.

How do we expect to have peace when the U.S. and Israel sell weapons? Isn't that like waving a red flag in front of a bull? It sounds like we've been teasing Russia, and isn't the timing curious?

Peace does not come from selling weapons and training troops. Peace comes from peace.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3580136,00.html



I feel like I'm watching bullies on the schoolyard, knowing we are all involved.
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Stanley Kunitz -

You can read a wonderful interview with the poet Stanley Kunitz here:

http://www.theparisreview.org/viewinterview.php/prmMID/3185

He was in his seventies at the time of the interview. I offer a few enticements.


"At my age, after you're done - or ruefully think you're done - with the nagging anxieties and complications of your youth, what is there left to confront but the great simplicities? I never tired of birdsong and sky and weather. I want to write poems that are natural, luminous, deep, spare. I dream of an art so transparent that you can look through and see the world."


from the poem Science of the Night:

"We are not souls but systems, and we move
In clouds of our unknowing."


"We have to learn to live with our frailities. The best people I know are inadequate and unashamed."

"Rhythm to me, I suppose, is essentially what Hopkins called the taste of self. I taste myself as rhythm."

"The language of a poem must do more than convey experience. It must embody it."

"It always haunts me that human beings were accumulating experience and knowledge in their bodies before they had a language. That's where our oldest wisdom is. The language of the imagination is a body language. That is why poetry is resistant to abstractions."

Pasteur said that "Chance favors only the prepared mind."

"During sleep the brain deposits calcium faster than when its unconscious."

He speaks of evil and concludes:

"Perhaps the way to cope with the adversary is to confront him in ourselves. We have to fight for our little bit of health. We have to make our living and dying important again. And then living and dying of others. Isn't that what poetry is about?"



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Albert Einstein



I am repeating Albert Einstein this morning, finding comfort there.

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science .... To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms - this knowledge, this feeling, is at the centre of true religiousness."

"Certain it is that a conviction, akin to religious feeling, of the rationality or the intelligibility of the world lies behind all scientific work of a higher order."



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Peace



I am listening to Pete Seeger sing tonight, and I am singing and dancing with him.  

"We shall overcome someday."

I believe that peace must be my mantra each moment of each day. 

Peace, Peace, Peace!!

Is there anything that matters as much as peace, kindness, grace, compassion?

I place my shovel gently, dig in soft soil where microorganisms breed and breathe, room and space for us all.

Peace.

Breathe!

In and out.  I love what we share.