An interview with Thich Nhat Hanh
"The point I wanted to make is this—each thought is an electromagnetic reality on its own, a unique electromagnetic reality. Now, your thoughts create patterns in dimensions that you do not perceive. You become habitually able to think in certain patterns more than other patterns. Now, when you allow negative thoughts to predominate in your conscious mind you then become more open to the negative thoughts of others. You are given a natural protection but you weaken this protection when your conscious thoughts are negative. This not only happens in the waking state, but you also become more open in the dreaming state to telepathic communications from others of a negative pattern. It is you who open these channels through your thoughts, a sort of psychic contagion in which you are the agent. You not only attract negative conditions therefore in the physical world that you know, but open yourselves up to these in the dream reality.
….Now, the change can be miraculous when you change your conscious thought patterns. You can watch the changes happen. It sounds simple and it is simple if you apply it, but it is you who has to know the nature of your own thoughts."
Seth, The Early Class Sessions, July 21, 1970
"Around us, life bursts with miracles—a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles. Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings. When we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there."
Thich Nhat Hạnh
"Discovering real goodness comes from appreciating very simple experiences. We are not talking about how good it feels to make a million dollars or finally graduate from college or buy a new house, but we are speaking here of the basic goodness of being alive — which does not depend on our accomplishments or fulfilling our desires. We experience glimpses of goodness all the time, but we often fail to acknowledge them. When we see a bright color, we are witnessing our own inherent goodness. When we hear a beautiful sound, we are hearing our own basic goodness. When we step out of the shower, we feel fresh and clean, and when we walk out of a stuffy room, we appreciate the sudden whiff of fresh air. These events take a fraction of a second, but they are real experiences of goodness."
"Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it."
"What a luxury a cat is, the moments of shocking and startling pleasure in a day, the feel of the beast, the soft sleekness under your palm, the warmth when you wake on a cold night, the grace and charm even in a quite ordinary workaday puss. Cat walks across your room, and in that lonely stalk you see leopard or even panther, or it turns its head to acknowledge you and the yellow blaze of those eyes tells you what an exotic visitor you have here, in this household friend, the cat who purrs as you stroke, or rub his chin, or scratch his head."
Doris Lessing, The Old Age of El Magnifico
Doris Lessing (1919-2013)
the most perfect movie
"You will come to a point where you understand why you are here. You will understand that each and every person you perceived as a threat or who hurt you gave you the divine insight into the issues and feelings you needed to release. It is all an inner journey to reveal the attitudes that keep us from this ultimate realization."
Crazy Diamonds - Do You Believe?
A few weeks ago Jesse found all the old recordings from his band from waaaay back in the day. We were so excited!!!! We listened through them all a few times. I love it. Everyone thought they were lost forever.
Just a bunch of kids. Can anyone else believe this was nearing 10 years ago? Where does the time go?
15 More Excellent Victorian Slang Terms You Should be Using
- ABYSSINIAN MEDAL
Military slang, introduced after the Abyssinian War, for a button in the abdomen area “gone astray from its buttonhole.” This is probably what happens to your vest-wearing uncle after a hearty Thanksgiving meal.
- AMEN CORNER
A California term for a church.
- BASKET OF ORANGES
This phrase, which referred to a pretty woman, originated in Australia before making its way to England. “A metaphor founded on another metaphor,” author Andrew Forrester writes, “the basket of oranges being a phrase for the discovery of nuggets of gold in gold fields.”
- BEER BOTTLE
Not something you drink out of, but a street term for “a stout, red-faced man.”
- CAN’T YOU FEEL THE SHRIMP?
Cockney, from 1877, meaning “smell the sea.”
“Blushing or turning red in the face rather from the meanness of another than your own.”
- CUT A FINGER
A lower-class phrase meaning “to cause a disagreeable odor.”
- DAMNED GOOD SWINE UP
A term from 1880, “suspected to be of American origin,” for a loud quarrel.
A street term meaning “smart, active, adroit. One of the alliterative phrases with absolutely no meaning.”
- FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE
A Lancashire term for “swearing followed by kicking.”
A street term for scolding, as delivered by a woman.
- NURSE THE HOE-HANDLE
A term from agricultural American meaning “lazy.” You’re not being a lump on your couch—you’re nursing the hoe-handle!
- RAKED FORE AND AFT
Desperately in love.
- SPONGE IT OUT
This term, used beginning in 1883, meant “forget it.”
- START A JOLLY
To lead applause. The next time you do the slow clap, tell everyone you’re starting a jolly.