Posts by paul

Pairs of Opposites

Pairs of Opposites

I was born to bridge the pairs of opposites, to span the apparent distance between light and dark, joy and sorrow. I exist to see past differences, to open my arms so wide that all I can see and know and be is inside my reach. I am here to give and receive love; so closely attuned to All That Is that breathing is an act of passionate attraction. I am not caught, but freed by the...

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On Centering

On Centering

“Centering is a verb. It is an ongoing process… Centering is not a model, but a way of balancing, a spiritual resource in times of conflict, an imagination. It seems in certain lights to be an alchemical vessel, a retort, which bears an integration of purposes, an integration of levels of consciousness. It can be called to, like a divine ear. Centering… is the discipline of bringing in...

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Love thrives…

Love thrives…

Love thrives when neither partner takes things personally, so cultivate a devotion to forgiveness and divest yourself of the urge to blame. Love is a game in which the rules keep changing, so be crafty and improvisational as you stay alert for each unexpected twist of fate. Love enmeshes you in your partner’s unique set of karmic complications, so make sure you’re very interested in...

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Talking and Silence

Talking and Silence

You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts; And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime. And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered. For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly. There are those among you who seek the talkative through...

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Thoughts for the New Year

Thoughts for the New Year

“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.” —Black Elk “People are like stained glass...

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The Path

The Path

Whatever you become, my child, may it be rooted in grace. Whatever your path through life, May it offer you steepness and rough places, so that you do not become complacent. ‘Nothing is owed to you, but everything is available to you, Even the decision to do nothing and to travel nowhere. It’s up to you to decide Whether to follow the wisdom of your ancestors, or to pursue the cheap...

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Right This Second

Right This Second

I want to know about now the now beneath my fingertips gone already, once aware of itself only in knowing it was, however briefly now, already left redundant not caring what came next any more than what passed, now, not caring whether moments exist when they disappear as footsteps erased by concrete now, no forward, no back, was but a motion carried by the ambling of tree trunks forever round and...

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The Simple chat

The Simple chat

A burning coal against the flesh-who has not felt this, from news that reached you, or the shock to your nerves from bearing eyewitness to horrific events? The avalanches come, we should help dig each other out. The simple chat will return.  May it last long, and be realized as...

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What I learned from Henry Miller and then forgot:

What I learned from Henry Miller and then forgot:

What I learned from henry miller and then forgot; dive in and swim not moon around trying to decide what project to start on first.  it’s all one project.  pick it up at any point, start working and you get into it. There aren’t a bunch of projects, there’s only one project:  survival on planet and salvation of soul. Are they parts of one project? (yep: because without...

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Crafty Optimism

Crafty Optimism

Howard Zinn wrote: An optimist isn’t necessarily a blithe, slightly sappy whistler in the dark of our time. 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, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the...

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