For Tuesday, November 7, 2017:
I don’t have a clue. Ideas are simply starting points. I can rarely set them down as they come to my mind. As soon as I start to work, others well up in my pen. To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing… When I find myself facing a blank page, that’s always going through my head. What I capture in spite of myself interests me more than my own ideas.
Pablo Picasso, in CONVERSATIONS WITH PICASSO by Brassaï
For Friday, November 3, 2017:
The boundlessness of love is made evident when the veils between this world and the invisible world are thinnest. At birth and death, love melts any division…. In such moments, we glimpse a love without limitation, a love unlike the commerce-like reciprocal exchange that characterizes many romantic relationships (as when someone else expresses love for us and we feel obliged to react in turn). This is an entirely different order of love, one that springs from the very source of our being. It recognizes and responds to the intrinsic goodness of the human heart. It is both profoundly receptive and dynamically expressive.
Frank Ostaseski (co-founder of the Zen Hospice Project)
THE FIVE INVITATIONS: DISCOVERING WHAT DEATH CAN TEACH US ABOUT LIVING FULLY
For Tuesday, October 31, 2017:
Who would deduce the dragonfly from the larva, the iris from the bud, the lawyer from the infant? … We are all shape-shifters and magical reinventors. Life is really a plural noun, a caravan of selves.
For Friday, October 27, 2017:
Be patient toward all that is unresolved in your heart … Try to love the questions themselves … Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given because you would not be able to live them – and the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answers.
Rainer Maria Rilke
For Tuesday, October 24, 2017:
Nothingness is the sister of possibility. It makes an urgent space for that which is new, surprising, and unexpected. When you feel nothingness and emptiness gnawing at your life, there is no need to despair. This is a call from your soul, awakening your life to new possibilities.
John O’Donohue, ANAM CARA
For Friday, October 20, 2017:
The pause is especially important for the freedom of being, what I have called essential freedom. For it is in the pause that we experience the context out of which freedom comes. In the pause we wonder, reflect, sense awe, and conceive of eternity. The pause is when we open ourselves for the moment to the concepts of both freedom and destiny.
Rollo May, FREEDOM AND DESTINY
For Tuesday, October 17, 2017:
… That is beautiful which is produced by the inner need, which springs from the soul.
Wassily Kandinsky, CONCERNING THE SPIRITUAL IN ART (1910)
For Friday, October 13, 2017:
Solitude does not necessarily mean living apart from others; rather, it means never living apart from one’s self. It is not about the absence of other people-it is about being fully present to ourselves, whether or not we are with others. Community does not necessarily mean living face-to-face with others; rather, it means never losing the awareness that we are connected to each other. It is not about the presence of other people-it is about being fully open to the reality of relationship, whether or not we are alone.
Parker Palmer, A HIDDEN WHOLENESS: THE JOURNEY TOWARD AN UNDIVIDED LIFE
For Tuesday, October 10, 2017:
A mysterious quickening inhabits the depths of any good poem—protean, elusive, alive in its own right…. We feel something stir, shiver, swim its way into the world when a good poem opens its eyes. Poetry’s work is not simply the recording of inner or outer perception; it makes by words and music new possibilities of perceiving…. The eyes and ears must learn to abandon the habits of useful serving and take up instead a participatory delight in their own ends. A work of art is not a piece of fruit lifted from a tree branch: it is a ripening collaboration of artist, receiver, and world.
Jane Hirshfield, TEN WINDOWS: HOW GREAT POEMS TRANSFORM THE WORLD
For Saturday, October 7, 2017 (with apologies for being a day late):
… To be nobody-but-yourself – in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
… It takes courage to grow up and become who really are.
E. E. Cummings