Responsibility

Journal Entry March 31, 2015 - Responsibility James Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) A great deal of what I say just leaves me open, I suppose, to a vast amount of misunderstanding. A great deal of what I say is based on an assumption which I hold and don’t always state. You know my fury about people is based precisely on the fact that I consider them…

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Live Your Life

Journal Entry March 30, 2015 - Live Your Life Georgia O'Keeffe (November 15, 1887 – March 6, 1986) I decided to start anew — to strip what I had been taught, to accept as true my own thinking. This was one of the best times of my life. I was alone and singularly free working on my own, unknown — no one to satisfy but myself. I watched a film a while back…

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Simone Weil On Attention

Journal Entry March 29, 2015 - Simone Weil On Attention Simone Weil (February 03, 1909 – August 24, 1943) Even if our efforts of attention seem for years to be producing no result, one day a light that is in exact proportion to them will flood the soul. Photo Credit: 365 Views Of My World, Tao Writer, Digital Image, 2015.…

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If I Were King...

Journal Entry March 28, 2015 - If I Were King... William Morris (March 24, 1834 – October 03, 1896) With the arrogance of youth, I am determined to do no less than to transform the world with Beauty. If I have succeeded in some small way, if only in one small corner of the world, amongst the men and women I love, then I shall count myself blessed, and blessed, and…

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Death Of A Poet II - Thomas Tranströemer

Journal Entry March 27, 2015 - Death Of A Poet II - Thomas Tranströemer Thomas Tranströemer ( April 15, 1931 - March 26, 2015) This kind of religious idea recurs here and there in my poems of late, that I see a kind of meaning in being present, in using reality, in experiencing it, in making something of it. Although Thomas Tranströemer won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2011, he…

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Friends In A Different Realm

Journal Entry March 26, 2015 - Friends In A Different Realm Carl Gustav Jung (July 26, 1875 – June 06, 1961) Recollection of the outward events of my life has largely faded or disappeared. But my encounters with the “other” reality, my bouts with the unconscious, are indelibly engraved upon my memory. Outward circumstances are no substitute for inner experience. I can understand myself only in the light of inner happenings.…

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Eckhard Tolle On Time

Journal Entry March 25, 2015 - Eckhard Tolle On Time Eckhard Tolle (February 16, 1948 -) To be free of time is to be free of the psychological need of the past for your identity and the future for your fulfillment. It represents the most profound transformation of consciousness that you can imagine. To realize this truth, you need to live it. When every cell of your body is so…

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How Does One Know God?

Journal Entry March 24, 2015 - How Does One Know God? Hafiz (1325 - 1389) Slipping on my shoes, boiling water, toasting bread, buttering the sky: that should be enough contact with God in one day to make anyone crazy To most Western Civilizations the image of God that comes to mind when one thinks of God is the painted image on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. He (God)…

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Maria Popova On Assumptions

Journal Entry March 23, 2015 - Maria Popova On Assumptions Maria Popova (1984 -) The assumptions people make about the motives of others always reveal a great deal more about the assumers than the assumed-about. Photo Credit: 365 Views Of My World, Tao Writer, Digital Image, 2015.…

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O' To Be Human

Journal Entry March 22, 2015 - O' To Be Human Ranier Maria Rilke (December 04, 1875 – December 29, 1926) Again and again in history some people wake up. They have no ground in the crowd and they move to broader, deeper laws. They carry strange customs with them and demand room for bold and audacious action. The future speaks ruthlessly through them. They change the world. I am not sure…

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World Poetry Day

Journal Entry March 21, 2015 - World Poetry Day Hafiz (1325/26–1389/90) A poet is someone who can pour light into a cup, then raise it to nourish your beautiful parched, holy mouth. There are so many poems in this world that I love, but for this, World Poetry Day, I decided to pick the one poem, other than my own works, which has had the most influence…

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When You Get To The Mountain Top…Jump!

Journal Entry March 20, 2015 - When You Get To The Mountain Top…Jump! Gerard De Nerval (May 22, 1808 – January 26, 1855) I did not ask of God that he should change anything in events themselves, but that he should change me in regard to things, so that I might have the power to create my own universe, to govern my dreams, instead of enduring them. My dreams have…

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Thoughts On Artists

Journal Entry March 19, 2015 - Thoughts On Art & Artists Adrienne Rich (May 16, 1929 – March 27, 2012) Art is our human birthright, our most powerful means of access to our own and another's experience and imaginative life. In continually rediscovering and recovering the humanity of human beings, art is crucial to the democratic vision. And, for more than 50 years I have been writing, tearing up, revising poems,…

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The Hour Of Man

Journal Entry March 18, 2015 - The Hour Of Man Harold Maine I want to see the radio and television turned off for an hour a week, the paper and magazines laid aside, the car locked safely in the garage, the bridge table folded, the liquor bottle corked, and the sedatives kept tightly in their packages. I want to see production and consumption forgotten for this hour. Politics must be…

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Arthur Koestler On Living

Journal Entry March 17, 2015 - Arthur Koestler On Living Arthur Koestler Everybody has a given amount of calories to burn up — you either burn them up by living or by creating. You can't burn the same calories both ways. You make poetry out of your unhappiness, and you might argue that you can also make poetry out of your happiness. But why should you make poetry when you are…

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The Transformation Of Silence And Action Into Language

Journal Entry March 16, 2015 - The Transformation of Silence Into Language and Action by Audre Lorde Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi Devi) Society is made up of individuals. The thoughts and actions of each individual influence the culture of that society. Instead of waiting for others to improve, we should try to improve ourselves. Once our attitude has changed, we will be able to perceive goodness throughout world. If there is…

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Invisibility

Journal Entry March 15, 2015 - Invisibility Vincent Van Gogh (March 30, 1853 – July 29, 1890) Does what goes on inside show on the outside? Someone has a great fire in his soul and nobody ever comes to warm themselves at it, and passers-by see nothing but a little smoke at the top of the chimney. The mountains outside my bedroom window are always there standing silently in their majesty.…

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn On Revelations

Journal Entry March 14, 2015 - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn On Revelations Alexander Solzhenitsyn (December 11, 1918 – August 3, 2008) Not everything has a name. Some things lead us into a realm beyond words...to revelations unattainable by reason. It is like that small mirror in fairy tales—you glance in it and what you see is not yourself; for an instance you glimpse the inaccessible, where no magic carpet can take…

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Aldous Huxley On Appetites Of The Soul

Journal Entry March 13, 2015 - Aldous Huxley On Appetites Of The Soul Aldous Huxley (July 26, 1894 – November 22, 1963) That humanity at large will ever be able to dispense with artificial paradises seems very unlikely. Most men and women lead lives that at worst seem so painful, at the best so monotonous, poor and limited, that the urge to escape, the longing to transcend themselves if only for…

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The View From My Window

Journal Entry March 12, 2015 - The View From My Window Rebecca Solnit (June 24, 1961 -) There are times when it's clear to me that by getting and spending, we lay waste our powers, and times when, say, the apricot velvet headboard against the lavender wall of a room in an old hotel fills me with a mysterious satisfied pleasure in harmonies of color, texture, atmospheres of comfort, domesticity…

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What Matters?

Journal Entry March 11, 2015 - What Matters? Bob Herbert (March 7, 1945 -) One of the essential problems of our society is that we have a tendency, amid all the craziness that surrounds us, to lose sight of what is truly human in ourselves, and that includes our own individual needs — those very special, mostly nonmaterial things that would fulfill us, give meaning to our lives, enlarge us, and…

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Denise Levertov On To Be A Poet

Journal Entry March 10, 2015 - Denise Levertov On To Be A Poet Denise Levertov (24 October 1923 – 20 December 1997) To be a poet you must be crazy about language; and you must believe in the uniqueness of every person, and therefore in your own. To find your voice you must forget about finding it, and trust that if you pay sufficient attention to life you will be found…

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Integrity

Journal Entry March 09, 2015 - Integrity Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962 It's your life – but only if you make it so. The standards by which you live must be your own standards, your own values, your own convictions in regard to what is right and wrong, what is true and false, what is important and what is trivial. When you adopt the standards and the values…

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Sanctuary

Journal Entry March 08, 2015 - Sanctuary David Whyte November 02, 1955 -) This is the bright home in which I live, this is where I ask my friends to come, this is where I want to love all the things it has taken me so long to learn to love. I believe my body is my sacred space. Wherever I am, it is a place of refuge and sanctity…

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Adyashanti On Feel Your Being

Journal Entry March 07, 2015 - Adyashanti On Feel Your Being Adyashanti (1962 -) Finally you become an opening through which That which is actually whole and beautiful can express Itself. Then your orientation is not “How can I find love?” It’s “How can I be love, how can I give it?” Let go of wanting to be loved, and just be love. Just feel your being now. Don’…

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Thoughts On Writing

Journal Entry March 06, 2015 - Thoughts On Writing Maurice Sendak (June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012) You cannot write for children. . . . They're much too complicated. You can only write books that are of interest to them. Mark Strand (April 11, 1934–November 29, 2014) One of the amazing things about what I do is you don’t know when you’re going to be hit with an idea, you…

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Time As A Point Of Reference

Journal Entry March 05, 2015 - Time As A Point Of Reference Jeanette Winterson (January 21, 1960 -) I can see no reason to be bound by chronological time. As far as we know, the universe is not bound by it; as far as we know, it is yet another construct of ours, this worship of the clock and the idea that there is a past and a present and…

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Happiness

Journal Entry March 04, 2015 - Happiness Sam Harris April 09, 1967 -) Even in the best of circumstances, happiness is elusive. We seek pleasant sights, sounds, tastes, sensations, and moods. We satisfy our intellectual curiosity. We surround ourselves with friends and loved ones. We become connoisseurs of art, music, or food. But our pleasures are, by their very nature, fleeting. If we enjoy some great professional success, our feelings…

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Peimin Ni On Philosophers

Journal Entry March 03, 2015 - Peimin Ni On Philosophers Peimin Ni We philosophers are proud of discovering hidden assumptions and often feel that we have beaten every bush and asked all the perennial questions that philosophers care to ask. But it does not take much reflection to realize that we devote a lot of attention to the pursuit of propositional truth and very little toward exploring the the transformation…

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Oliver Sacks - A Soul Reader

Journal Entry March 02, 2015 - A Soul Reader Marcelo Gleiser (March 19, 1959 -) We are a story, each of us. And a story with no listener is the same as silence, as oblivion. Some stories are harder to listen to, or can't be listened to in ordinary ways, and, so, take a very special kind of listener. We are blessed to have Oliver as a listener, at once…

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Creativity

Journal Entry March 01, 2015 - Creativity Steven Johnson (June 06, 1968 -) Our lives are surrounded and supported by a whole class of objects that are enchanted with the ideas and creativity of thousands of people who came before us: inventors and hobbyists and reformers who steadily hacked away at the problem of making artificial light or clean drinking water so that we can enjoy those luxuries today without…

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Go Wild & Bloom!

Journal Entry February 28, 2015 - Go Wild & Bloom! Richard Dawkins (March 26, 1941 -) The world and the universe is an extremely beautiful place, and the more we understand about it the more beautiful does it appear. It is an immensely exciting experience to be born in the world, born in the universe, and look around you and realize that before you die, you have the opportunity of…

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Marcelo Gleiser On Mystery

Journal Entry February 27, 2015 - Mystery Marcelo Gleiser (March 19, 1959 -) What we see of the world is only a sliver of what’s “out there.” There is much that is invisible to the eye, even when we augment our sensorial perception with telescopes, microscopes, and other tools of exploration. Like our senses, every instrument has a range. Because much of Nature remains hidden from us, our view…

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Habits

Journal Entry February 26, 2015 - Habits Tom Stoppard July 03, 1937 -) The Renaissance teaches us that the book of knowledge is not to be learned by rote but is to be written anew in the ecstasy of living each moment for the moment’s sake. Success in life is to maintain this ecstasy, to burn always with this hard gemlike flame. Failure is to form habits. To burn…

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Meditation

Journal Entry February 25, 2015 - Meditation Pema Chödrön (July 14, 1936 -) Meditation is about seeing clearly the body that we have, the mind that we have, the domestic situation that we have, the job that we have, and the people who are in our lives. It’s about seeing how we react to all these things. It’s seeing our emotions and thoughts just as they are right…

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Family

Journal Entry February 24, 2015 - Family Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879 – April 18, 1955) I am a horse for single harness, not cut out for tandem or teamwork. I have never belonged wholeheartedly to country or state, to my circle of friends, or even to my family. These ties have always been accompanied by a vague aloofness and the wish to withdraw into myself increases with the years. Such…

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Ralph Ellison On An Invisible Man

Journal Entry February 23, 2015 - An Invisible Man Ralph Ellison (March 1, 1914[1] – April 16, 1994) It goes a long way back, some twenty years. All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory. I was naive. I was looking for myself…

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Love Simplified

Journal Entry February 22, 2015 - Love Simplified Xiaolu Guo (1973 -) "Love," this English word: like other English words, it has tense. "Loved" or "will love" or "have loved." All these specific tenses mean Love is time-limited thing. Not infinite. It only exist in particular period of time. In Chinese, Love is (ai). It has no tense, no past, no future. Love in Chinese means a being, a situation,…

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John O’Donohue On Anam Cara

Journal Entry February 21, 2015 - Anam Cara John O’Donohue (January 01, 1956 – January 04, 2008) ‘Anam cara’, which is Gaelic phrase meaning “soul friendship”. This is more than an alliance based on common interests or mutual exploitation. It’s not the kind of connection that arises out of the accident of being together in the same place at the same time day after day. With a soul friend,…

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Anne Lamott On Beauty Is Meaning

Journal Entry January 20, 2015 - Beauty Is Meaning Anne Lamott (April 10, 1954 -) When you love something like reading – or drawing or music or nature – it surrounds you with a sense of connection to something great. If you are lucky enough to know this, then your search for meaning involves whatever that Something is. It’s an alchemical blend of affinity and focus that takes us to a…

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Being And Nothingness

Journal Entry February 19, 2015 - Being And Nothingness Henry Miller (December 26, 1891 – June 7, 1980) The nearer I get to the grave the more time I have to waste. Nothing is important now, in the sense it once was. I can lean to the right or left, without danger of capsizing. I can go off the course, too, if I wish, because my destination is no longer a…

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The Artist Of Being

Journal Entry February 18, 2015 - The Artist Of Being Ann Beattie September 8, 1947 -) When we came in she had her chair sideways by the window looking out at the snow, and she said, without even looking up to know it was us, that the doctor had said that sitting and staring at the snow was a waste of time. She should get involved in something. She laughed…

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Marilynne Robinson On Who Are We?

Journal Entry February 17, 2015 - Who Are We? Marilynne Robinson (November 26, 1943 -) One of the things that is fascinating is that we don't know who we are. Human beings in acting out history describe themselves, and every new epic is a new description of what human beings are. Every life is a new description of what human beings are. Every work of science, every object of art…

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If You Had Ten Minutes To Live...

Journal Entry February 16, 2015 - If You Had Ten Minutes To Live... Marcel Proust (July 10, 1871 - November 18, 1922) I think that life would suddenly seem wonderful to us if we were threatened to die as you say. Just think of how many projects, travels, love affairs studies, it — our life — hides from us, made invisible by our laziness which, certain of a future, delays them incessantly.…

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Death Of A Poet - Philip Levine

Journal Entry February 15, 2015 - Death Of A Poet Philip Levine (January 10, 1928 - February 14, 2015) To be truthful, when I began writing poetry I thought language could do anything. And I thought I could do anything with language. I'm talking about a guy who's sixteen or seventeen years old, saying, "I'll master this crap, and I'll do anything that's necessary." But as I got older, I…

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Thoughts On Love

Journal Entry February 14, 2015 - Thoughts On Love I am one of those persons who do not celebrate holidays, and in Loja there is always a celebration going on. No, I am not a Jehovah Witness. I just choose to not celebrate commercial holidays. I rather celebrate the full moon, the rising and setting sun, rain, the first flowers of Spring, snow, sunlight, the night, life, and love. So…

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Writing

Journal Entry February 13, 2015 - Writing William Faulkner (September 25, 1897 - July 6, 1962) It's the most satisfying occupation man has discovered yet, because you never can quite do it as well as you want to, so there's always something to wake up tomorrow morning to do. Although writing is one of the four things I have done for myself most of my life along with reading, thinking…

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Bertrand Russell On Fear

Journal Entry February 12, 2015 - Fear Bertrand Russell (May 18, 1872–February 2, 1970) Fear is the basis of religious dogma, as of so much else in human life. Fear of human beings, individually or collectively, dominates much of our social life, but it is fear of nature that gives rise to religion. The antithesis of mind and matter is ... more or less illusory; but there is another antithesis…

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Of Being A Witness

Journal Entry February 11, 2015 - Of Being A Witness Mark Strand (April 11, 1934–November 29, 2014) We’re only here for a short while. And I think it’s such a lucky accident, having been born, that we’re almost obliged to pay attention. In some ways, this is getting far afield. I mean, we are – as far as we know – the only part of the universe that’…

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Marie Corelli On Soul Mates

Journal Entry February 10, 2015 - Soul Mates Marie Corelli (May 01, 1855 – April 21, 1924) Now realize that there is no soul on this earth that is complete, alone. Like everything else, it is dual. It is like half a flame that seeks the other half, and is dissatisfied and restless till it attains its object. Lovers, misled by the blinding light of Love, think they have reached completeness…

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Find Your Own Shtick

Journal Entry February 09, 2015 - Find Your Own Shtick Hugh Macleod It’s about what YOU are going to do with the short time you have left on this earth… Put your whole self into it, and you will find your true voice. Hold back and you won’t. It’s that simple... You have to find your own shtick. A Picasso always looks like Picasso painted it. Hemingway…

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George Carlin On God

Journal Entry February 08, 2015 - God George Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) Tell people there's an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority of them will believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure. Photo Credit: 365 Views Of My World, Tao Writer, Digital Image, 2015.…

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Music

Journal Entry February 07, 2015 - Music Miles Davis (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) Don't fear mistakes - there are none. Loja is the musical capital and an important cultural center of Ecuador. The motto here in Loja is: The one who does not play the guitar can sing a song; the one who does not sing a song can write a verse; the one who does not write…

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The Golden Age

Journal Entry February 06, 2015 - The Golden Age Maria Popova (1984 -) …that this is the golden age within a lifetime, (mid-twenties to late thirties) when we have transcended the know-it-all arrogance of youth, haven’t yet entered the know-it-all complacency of old age, and live with that wondrous combination of receptivity to new ideas and just enough not-yet-calcified intellectual foundation with which to integrate and contextualize them. This…

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Reading

Journal Entry February 05, 2015 - Reading David Foster Wallace (February 21, 1962 – September 12, 2008) The fun of reading is "an exchange between consciousnesses, a way for human beings to talk to each other about stuff we can't normally talk about. Reading is another one of the four things, along with writing, thinking, and dreaming, I have done for myself most of my life. I have always found books…

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Thoughts On Death

Journal Entry February 04, 2015 - Thoughts On Death Adyashanti (1962 -) Death is nothing more than a change of form. But only someone who really knows who they are knows that. And only someone who knows that can actually live life. Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790) ...I believe I shall, in some shape or another, always exist; and, with all the inconveniences human life is liable…

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A Room Of My Own

Journal Entry February 03, 2015 - A Room Of My Own William Goldman (August 12, 1931 - ) Writing is finally about one thing: going into a room alone and doing it. Putting words on paper that have never been there in quite that way before. And although you are physically by yourself, the haunting Demon never leaves you, that Demon being the knowledge of your own terrible limitations, your hopeless…

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Systems

Journal Entry February 02, 2015 - Systems William Blake (November 28, 1757 – August 12, 1827) I must create my own system or be enslaved by another man’s. I will not reason and compare, my business is to create. I wish to do nothing for profit. I wish to live for art. Sometime during the late ninety's I read the Biography of William Blake (1757-1827) by Peter Ackroyd. Prior to…

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They Just Don't Understand Me...

Journal Entry February 1, 2015 - They Just Don't Understand Me Annemarie Roeper (August 27, 1918 – May 11, 2012) “[We have] a sense of the mystery of life, the mystery of the universe that surrounds us, and the mystery that is within us. It is within these vast unknowns that we try to establish our identities. We strive to carve out a place that is known, a place that we…

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A Dialogue On God Part II

Journal Entry January 31, 2015 - A Dialogue On God Part II Neil deGrasse Tyson (October 5, 1958 - ) Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So that we…

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A Dialogue On God Part I

Journal Entry January 30, 2015 - A Dialogue On God Part I Rainer Maria Rilke (December 04, 1875 – December 29, 1926) You are the deep innerness of all things. The last word that can never be spoken. To each of us you reveal yourself differently: to the ship as a coastline, to the shore as a ship. The great difficulty with language is that we use it in our attempts…

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Pierre Trudeau On The Greater Good

Journal Entry January 29, 2015 — The Greater Good Pierre Trudeau (October 18, 1919 – September 28, 2000) I have never been able to accept any discipline except that which I impose upon myself — and there was a time when I use to impose it often. For, in the art of living, as in that of loving, or of governing — it is all the same. I found it unacceptable that others should…

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Thoughts On Dreams

Journal Entry January 28, 2015 — Thoughts On Dreams Anonymous We don't learn the word "dream" by being shown a dream, the way we learn the word "apple" by being shown an apple. Baldassare Castiglone (December 6, 1478 – February 2, 1529) Lorrenzo de 'Medici to a friend who chided him for sleeping late. "What I have dreamed in one hour is worth more than what you have done in four. Carl…

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James Baldwin On Saying "Yes" To Life

Journal Entry January 27, 2015 — Say "Yes" To Life James Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) I know we often lose, and that the death or destruction of another is infinitely more real and unbearable than one’s own. I think I know how many times one has to start again, and how often one feels that one cannot start again. And yet, on pain of death, one can…

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Thoughts On Seeing

Journal Entry January 26, 2015 — Thoughts On Seeing Al Gore (March 31, 1948 - ) You look at that river gently flowing by. You notice the leaves rustling with the wind. You hear the birds; you hear the tree frogs. In the distance you hear a cow. You feel the grass. The mud gives a little bit on the river bank. It’s quiet; it’s peaceful. And all of a…

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Simplicity

Journal Entry January 25, 2015 - Simplicity Elizabeth Gilbert (July 18, 1969 - ) Keep your living expenses LOW. The smaller you live (materially-speaking), the bigger you can live (creatively-speaking). This way the stakes aren’t so high…you aren’t demanding of your passion that it keeps you living a rich life. Then you can stretch and grow with the most possible freedom. This was my strategy in my 20’…

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Where Do Poems Come From?

Journal Entry January 24, 2015 - Where Do Poems Come From? Frank Delaney (October 24, 1942 - ) As you probably know, nobody can actually write a poem. There is no such act as writing a poem. That’s not how poems are made. Oh, yes, there is the physical business of pen, ink and paper — but that isn’t whence the poem comes. Nor may you send out and fetch…

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Live In The Layers

Journal Entry January 23, 2015 - Live In The Layers Stanley Kunitz (July 29, 1905 – May 14, 2006) "Live in the layers, not on the litter." Though I lack the art to decipher it, no doubt the next chapter in my book of transformations is already written. I am not done with my changes. Stanley Kunitz is one of my favorite poets. He was seventy three years young when he…

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Mastery

Journal Entry January 22, 2015 — Mastery George Leonard (1923 – January 6, 1998) It resists definition yet can be instantly recognized. It comes in many varieties, yet follows certain unchanging laws. It brings rich rewards, yet is not really a goal or a destination but rather a process, a journey. We call this journey mastery, and tend to assume that it requires a special ticket available only to those born with…

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Thinking

Journal Entry January 21, 2015 - Thinking Milton Glaser (June 26, 1929 - ) My adventure has all been in my mind. The great adventure has been thinking. I love to think about things. I think that the lack of drama in my life has produced a platform for me to be fundamentally adventurous in my thinking. Thinking is reading my thoughts aloud to myself, and is one of four things…

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I Am Here!

Journal Entry January 20, 2015 - I Am Here! Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) I exist as I am, that is enough. If no other in the world be aware I sit content, and if each and all be aware I sit content. "I Am Here!" This is more than a declaration. It is a revelation. I love being in this body, separate and part of something…

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Routines

Journal Entry January 19, 2015 - Routines Sam Harris (April 9, 1967 - ) Even in the best of circumstances, happiness is elusive. We seek pleasant sights, sounds, tastes, sensations, and moods. We satisfy our intellectual curiosity. We surround ourselves with friends and loved ones. We become connoisseurs of art, music, or food. But our pleasures are, by their very nature, fleeting. If we enjoy some great professional success, our feelings…

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The Beginner's Mind

Journal Entry January 18, 2015 - The Beginner's Mind Shunryū Suzuki (May 18, 1904 - December 4, 1971) In Japan we have the phrase Shoshin which means "beginner's mind." The goal of the practice is to always keep the beginner's mind. Our "original mind" includes everything within itself. It is always rich and sufficient within itself. This does not mean a closed mind, but actually an empty mind and a…

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Keeping Memories Alive

Journal Entry January 17, 2015 - Keeping Memories Alive Willa Cather (December 7, 1873 – April 24, 1947) In the course of twenty crowded years one parts with many illusions. I did not wish to lose the early ones. Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again. In the end life becomes a collection of memories. As we lie in our death bed,…

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Entelechy

Journal Entry January 16, 2015 - Entelechy Jean Houston (May 10, 1937 - ) It is inside of you, like the butterfly is inside of the caterpillar. He then used a word that I heard for the first time, a word that became essential to my later work...A great word, a Greek word, entelechy. It means the dynamic purpose that is coded in you. It is the entelechy of this…

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Killing

Journal Entry January 15, 2015 - Killing Jiddu Krishnamurti (May 12, 1895 – February 17, 1986) But apparently man loves to kill things, the fleeting deer, the marvelous gazelle, and the great elephant. We love to kill each other. This killing of other human beings has never stopped throughout the history of man's life on this earth. If we could, and we must, establish a deep long abiding relationship with nature,…

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Fanatical Beliefs

Journal Entry January 14, 2015 - Fanatical Beliefs No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know it's going to rise tomorrow. When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it's always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt. Robert M Pirsig (September 6, 1928 - ) Every act is a statement of your…

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NoBody But MySelf

Journal Entry January 13, 2015 - NoBody But MySelf 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. e.e. cummings (October 14, 1894 – September 3, 1962) Whenever I had doubts about my life or place in it, my mother would say, "Just be…

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Language

Journal Entry January 12, 2015 - Language Jeanette Winterson (August 25, 1959 - ) For me, language is a freedom. As soon as you have found the words with which to express something, you are no longer incoherent, you are no longer trapped by your own emotions, by your own experiences; you can describe them, you can tell them, you can bring them out of yourself and give them to somebody…

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Walking

Journal Entry January 11, 2015 - Walking Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) I am alarmed when it happens that I have walked a mile into the woods bodily, without getting there in spirit. In my afternoon walk I would fain forget all my morning occupations and my obligations to Society. But it sometimes happens that I cannot easily shake off the village. The thought of some…

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Never Kiss And Tell

Journal Entry January 10, 2015 - Never Kiss And Tell Rebecca Solnit (June 24, 1961 - ) Lost really has two disparate meanings. Losing things is about the familiar falling away, getting lost is about the unfamiliar appearing. There are objects and people that disappear from your sight or knowledge or possession; you lose a bracelet, a friend, the key. You still know where you are. Everything is familiar except that…

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A Little Yellow Wagon

Journal Entry January 09, 2015 - A Little Yellow Wagon Gaston Bachelard (June 27, 1884 – October 16, 1962) A dream visited me. That is certainly the formula which indicates the passivity of great nocturnal dreams. To convince ourselves that they are really ours, we must reinhabit these dreams. Afterwards we make up accounts of them, stories from another time, adventures from another world… The teller of dreams sometimes enjoys his…

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I Know You Have A Beautiful Body

Journal Entry January 08, 2015 - I Know You Have A Beautiful Body William Rose Benét (February 2, 1886 – May 4, 1950) The poet (artist) must write as it pleases him to write. If he writes what other people tell him to write, he may get some good verse, but he won’t get poetry. When I write to please myself, I may write some very bad verse, but that…

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Art Is Life

Journal Entry January 07, 2015 - Art Is Life Teresita Fernández (1968 - ) Being an artist is not just about what happens when you are in the studio. The way you live, the people you choose to love and the way you love them, the way you vote, the words that come out of your mouth... will also become the raw material for the art you make. I wanted to…

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Preparing For The Unexpected

Journal Entry January 6, 2015 - Preparing For The Unexpected T.H. White (May 29, 1906 – January 17, 1964) You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There…

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Who Wins The Battle Of Beliefs?

Journal Entry January 05, 2015 - Who Wins The Battle Of Beliefs? Buddha (c. 563 BCE or c. 480 BCE - c. 483 BCE or c. 400 BCE) Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not…

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Growing Old

Journal Entry January 04, 2015 - Growing Old Hitomaro (c. 662 – 710) When, halting in front of it, I look at the reflection which is in the depths of my clear mirror. It gives me the impression of meeting an unknown old gentle man. The biggest problem with growing older in my physical body is that in my mind I am still in my forties. The image I have of…

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RoofTops

Journal Entry January 03, 2015 RoofTops Michael Champlin Creative space isn’t about putting up walls or hiding from the outside world, nor is it a simple desire to be away from people. Creative space is about finding solace and silence in the external world, so that we may adequately listen to our own minds. This can mean different things to different people: writers may want time to read and…

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Hermanos (Brothers)

Journal Entry January 02, 2015 - Hermanos (Brothers) Justina Chen (1968 - ) There must be a few times in life when you stand at a precipice of a decision. When you know there will forever be a Before and an After...I knew there would be no turning back if I designated this moment as my own Prime Meridian from which everything else would be measured. "Hermanos" is the Spanish…

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Keeping A Journal

Journal Entry January 01, 2015 - Keeping A Journal Sofia Valdivieso Home...home is so relative. Home can be so many places. Some places feel more home than others but I am a true believer that home can be anywhere you feel warm and secure. Even a person can be home, smell like home. Flavors can taste like home. Even friends sometime make you feel like home. We are citizens…

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Happy New Year From Loja

Journal Entry December 31, 2014 - Happy New Year From Loja Jorge Luis Borges (August 24, 1899 – June 14, 1986) This web of time - the strands of which approach one another, bifurcate, intersect, or ignore each other through centuries - embraces every possibility. We do not exist in most of them. In some you exist and not I, while in others you do and I do not, and in…

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The Road To Ecuador

Journal Entry November 24, 2014 - The Road To Ecuador Pico Iyer (February 11, 1957 -) We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are…

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The Crossroads

Journal Entry November 20, 2014 - The CrossRoads Seneca (c. 4 BC – AD 65) Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end. I am here and once again find myself at this cross of roads. They appear in my life, I think randomly, but I am not sure. I do not know how many times I have come to this place. This place, where the road I am traveling…

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If I Should Die, Before I Wake...

Journal Entry October 12, 2014 - If I Should Die, Before I Wake... John Updike (March 18, 1932 – January 27, 2009) Each day, we wake slightly altered, and the person we were yesterday is dead. So why, one could say, be afraid of death, when death comes all the time? I am more conscious of death's inevitability as I age. Knowing death can come for me at any time, I…

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When Paradise Is No Longer Affordable

Journal Entry July 31, 2014 - When Paradise Is No Longer Affordable Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) ...I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and to see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not when I come to die discover that I had not lived....I left the woods…

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An InterView With MySelf - Part II

Journal Entry July 23, 2014 - An InterView With MySelf - Part II Anaïs Nin (February 21, 1903 – January 14, 1977) Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living. Me: Okay, begin... I: You were the ethereal one, a shadow passing through a large corridor, floating without form into what appeared to be an underground…

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A Measured Perspective Of Life

Journal Entry July 13, 2014 - A Measured Perspective Of Life Meghan O'Rourke The people we most love do become a physical part of us, ingrained in our synapses, in the pathways where memories are created. I did not sleep well the night before and I was in a funk upon awakening. I attributed this unusual occurrence to the full moon and just went about my day. During my morning…

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An InterView With MySelf - Part I

Journal Entry May 31, 2014 - An InterView With MySelf - Part I Annemarie Roeper (August 27, 1918 – May 11, 2012) You are the core of our being; all of the other parts of the body are felt to be part of you. When any part of the body is hurt, you feel hurt. When our body feels well, you feel well. We know we are alive because we feel…

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What's In A Name?

Journal Entry April 17, 2014 - What's In A Name? Stanley Kunitz (July 29, 1905 – May 14, 2006) Maybe I enjoy not-being as much as being who I am. Maybe it's time for me to practice growing old. The way I look at it, I'm passing through a phase: gradually I'm changing into a word. Whatever you choose to claim of me is always yours; nothing is truly mine except…

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Why Is Life Worth Living?

Journal Entry March 24, 2014 - Why Is Life Worth Living? Woody Allen (December 01, 1935 -) Why is life worth living? Okay, for me, I would say...well, Groucho Marx, to name one thing, and Willie Mays and the second movement of the Jupiter Symphony and Louis Armstrong's recording of 'Potato Head Blues', and um, Swedish movies, naturally. Sentimental Education by Flaubert, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, those incredible Apples…

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The Knock At The Door

Journal Entry March 17, 2014 - The Knock At The Door Marie Corelli (May 01, 1855 – April 21, 1924) The truest philosophy, is not to long for anything in particular, but to accept everything as it comes, and find out the reason of it coming. The unexpected knock at the door awakened me from a late afternoon nap. I heard your voice call my name but when I opened the…

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Land Of The Free?

Journal Entry January 20, 2014 - Land Of The Free? We are moving toward an oligarchy society where a relatively small handful of the rich decide, with their money, who will run, who will win, and how they will govern. The defenders of the present system will fight hard to hold on to their privilege, and they write the rules. Nothing short of an aroused public can change things, nothing…

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Attention

Journal Entry January 08, 2014 - Attention Ortega Y Gasset (May 09, 1883 – October 18, 1955) So many things fail to interest us, simply because they don't find in us enough surfaces on which to live, and what we have to do then is to increase the number of planes in our mind, so that a much larger number of themes can find a place in it at the same…

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StoryTelling

Journal Entry January 01, 2014 - Storytelling Neil deGrasse Tyson (October 5, 1958 -) Who are we, if not measured by our impact on others? That's who we are! We're not who we say we are, we're not who we want to be — we are the sum of the influence we have, in our lives, on others. Life is a continuum, but when I look back, I see it in…

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Hope

Journal Entry December 31, 2013 - Hope Samuel Johnson (September 18, 1709 – December 13, 1784) Hope itself is a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords; but, like all other pleasures immoderately enjoyed, the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain. The pumpkin vine slowly crept upwards into the papaya tree. It was unsure if the papaya would accept her but she went anyway.…

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