Thursday 08 February 2018 "Good Timber" by D. Malloch

Good Timber

The tree that never had to fight
For sun and sky and air and light,
But stood out in the open plain
And always got its share of rain,
Never became a forest king
But lived and died a scrubby thing.

The man who never had to toil
To gain and farm his patch of soil,
Who never had to win his share
Of sun and sky and light and air,
Never became a manly man
But lived and died as he began.

Good timber does not grow with ease:
The stronger wind, the stronger trees;
The further sky, the greater length;
The more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In trees and men good timbers grow.

Where thickest lies the forest growth,
We find the patriarchs of both.
And they hold counsel with the stars
Whose broken branches show the scars
Of many winds and much of strife.
This is the common law of life.

    • by Douglas Malloch

Saturday 27 January 2018 "Let's Not Sh*t Ourselves" ~ Conor OBERST

...Well, my teachers, they built this retaining wall of memory
All those multiple choices I answered so quickly
And got my grades back and forgot just as easily.
But at least I got an "A",
And so I don't have them to blame.

...Well, I awoke in relief, my sheets and tubes were all tangled,
Weak from whiskey and pills in a Chicago hospital,
And my father was there, in a chair by the window, staring so far away.
I tried talking, just whispered, "So sorry, so selfish";
He stopped me and said, "Child, I love you regardless,
And there's nothing you could do that would ever change this,
I'm not angry, it happens.
But you just can't do it again.

So now I try to keep up, I've been exchanging my currency
While a million objects pass through my periphery.
Now I'm rubbing my eyes cause they're starting to bother me,
I've been staring too long at the screen.
But where was I when I first heard that sweet sound of humility?
It came to my ears in the g*dd*mn loveliest melody.
How grateful I was then to be part of the mystery,
To love and to be loved..
Let's just hope that is enough.

Saturday 27 January 2018 "Your Bright Baby Blues" ~ Jackson BROWNE

I'm sitting down by the highway,
Down by that highway side.
Everybody's going somewhere,
Riding just as fast as they can ride.
I guess they've got a lot to do
Before they can rest assured
Their lives are justified.
Pray to God for me, baby,
He can let me slide.

'Cause I've been up and down this highway,
Far as my eyes can see.
No matter how fast I run,
I can never seem to get away from me.
No matter where I am,
I can't help thinkin' I'm just a day away
From where I want to be.
Now I'm running home, baby,
Like a river to the sea

...

It's so hard to come by
That feeling of peace.
This friend of mine said
"Close your eyes, and try a few of these".
I thought I was flying like a bird
So far above my sorrow,
But when I looked down,
I was standing on my knees.
Now I need someone to help me,
Someone to help me please.

Baby, if you need me,
Like I know I need you,
There's just one thing
I'll ask you to do.
Take my hand and lead me
To the hole in your garden wall,
And pull me through.

Friday 27 January 2017 "Psalm 126" - A Song of Ascents

https://open.spotify.com/track/2Urw2FGFCqSaPhhH9DpAzx

(Bifrost Arts feat. Molly Parden)

Our mouths they were filled, filled with laughter
Our tongues they were loosed, loosed with joy
Restore us, O Lord
Restore us, O Lord

Although we are weeping
Lord, help us keep sowing
The seeds of Your Kingdom
For the day You will reap them
Your sheaves we will carry
Lord, please do not tarry
All those who sow weeping will go out with songs of joy

The nations will say, "He has done great things!"
The nations will sing songs of joy
Restore us, O Lord
Restore us, O Lord

***

1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of[a] Zion,
    we were like those who dreamed.[b]
2 Our mouths were filled with laughter,
    our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
    “The Lord has done great things for them.”
3 The Lord has done great things for us,
    and we are filled with joy.

4 Restore our fortunes,[c] Lord,
    like streams in the Negev.
5 Those who sow with tears
    will reap with songs of joy.
6 Those who go out weeping,
    carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
    carrying sheaves with them.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 126:1 Or Lord brought back the captives to
  2. Psalm 126:1 Or those restored to health
  3. Psalm 126:4 Or Bring back our captives

New International Version (NIV)

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Tuesday 10 May 2016 "Journey" (excerpt) - Mark Strand

A journey continues until it stops
A journey that stops is no longer a journey
A journey loses thing on its way
A journey passes through things, thing pass through it
When a journey is over, it loses itself to a place
When a journey remembers, it begins a journal
Which is a new journey about an old journey
A journey over time is different from a journey into time
An actual journey is into the future
A reflective journey is into the past
***
A journey always begins in a place called Here
Pack your bags and imagine your journey
Unpack your bags and imagine your journey is done
***
If you're afraid of a journey, don't buy shoes

~ Mark Strand ~ (Chicken, Shadow, Moon & More)
***
Poem and Photo courtesy of Panhala

Tuesday 4 August 2015 - The Secret Life of Bees - Shavasana

In the sixth grade there was a boy in my class who had a steel plate in his skull and was always complaining how test answers could never get through to him. Our teacher would say “Give me a break.”

In a way, though, the boy was right. Every human being on the face of the earth has a steel plate in his head, but if you lie down now and then and get still as you can, it will slide open like elevator doors, letting in all the secret thoughts that have been standing around so patiently, pushing the button for a ride to the top. The real troubles in life happen when those hidden doors stay closed for too long. But that’s just my opinion.

Sue Monk KIDD
The Secret Life of Bees 
Chapter 9 (Communication - encode and decode information) 
Page 170

 

Saturday 20 June 2015 -- Total Attention and Letting Go Completely

Practicing with total attention within the body is advanced Yoga,
no matter how easy the posture;
practicing with your attention scattered
is the practice of a beginner,
no matter how difficult the posture.
~H. David Goulter

***

Savasana is the digestion of a practice,
the silence that allows you to absorb the sensations, feelings and sacred state of Being,
that helps to rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit.
It is an experience of letting go completely,
and provides deep rest and healing for the body and soul.
~Gora Wen