27 May 2014

Violence, conflict, chaos....

“To allow oneself to be carried away
by a multitude of conflicting concerns,
to surrender to too many demands,
to commit oneself to too many projects,
to want to help everyone in everything,
is to succumb to the violence of our times.”

― Thomas Merton

26 May 2014

Poem: Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver

Wild Geese
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese,
high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

Mary Oliver, Dream Work, Grove Atlantic Inc., 1986 & New and Selected Poems, Beacon Press, 1992.

19 May 2014

Richard Rohr: Worthy or not...

Love your neighbour as yourself sounds simple. Conceptually it is simple, but truly accepting and loving who we are is possibly more difficult than loving others. We see through so many filters; it's difficult to discern what we are truly seeing, feeling, rationalising.

Richard Rohr: "The enormous breakthrough is that when you honor and accept the divine image within yourself, you cannot help but see it in everybody else, too, and you know it is just as undeserved and unmerited as it is in you. That is why you stop judging, and that is how you start loving unconditionally and without asking whether someone is worthy or not. The breakthrough occurs at once, although the realization deepens and takes on greater conviction over time."

(I do not endorse EVERYTHING from ANY writer I quote. Sift for yourself. Keep what is true.)

02 May 2014

MacRumours review of Notability for iPad

I use Notability on my iPad and am growing to appreciate more and more of its features. You might want to check it out this week as it is free for a limited time. http://www.macrumors.com/2014/05/01/notability-app-of-the-week/ App of the week. Notability for iPad. MacRumours Apple
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