A human being is part of the whole called by us 'Universe,'
When I am blinded by what
my eyes see in the physical world...
limited in time and space. He experiences himself,
his thoughts and
feelings as something separated from the rest--a kind
delusion of consciousness. This delusion of consciousness
is a kind
of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires
affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our
task must be to free
ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of
embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature
in its beauty.
- Albert Einstein
When I'm caught up in the day-to-day,
and have become disconnected from my compass...
In the end these things matter most:
How well did you love?
How fully did you live?
How deeply did you learn to let go?
- The Buddha
When fighting for the environment
seems silly or hopeless...
Miners going into the mines often used to carry small
birds, such as
canaries, which were highly sensitive to the buildup
of toxic gases.
If the birds died, the miners quickly fled. Today,
the world's 500
million indigenous peoples, living in some 15,000 distinct
are the miner's canary; and the Earth--particularly the
rainforest--is the mine. That the canary is dying
is a warning that
the dominant cultures of the world have become toxic
to the Earth.
In this case, however, we cannot flee the mine.
- Jason W. Clay
When fighting for the environment
seems silly or hopeless...
At first I thought I was fighting to save the rubber
Then I thought I was fighting to save the Amazon rainforest,
Now I realize I am fighting to save humanity.
- Chico Mendez
Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
When work seems "too important"
and I start neglecting other things...
Brian Dyson, CEO of Coca Cola Enterprises spoke of
the relation of
work to one's other commitments:
"Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling 5 balls
in the air.
You name them: work, family, health, friends and spirit.
keeping them all in the air when you realize the work
ball is a
rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back
up to you, but the
other four balls, family, health, friends and spirit
are all made of
glass. If you drop one of these, they will irrevocably
marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will
never be the
same. You must understand that and strive for balance
in your life."
For when more growth brings me
in touch with more sorrow...
With more light, comes more shadow. - Carl
When I'm deluded, confused, disheartened,
and disillusioned by what I see and am trying to accomplish in the material
Your vision will become clear only when you look
into your heart...
Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
- Carl Jung
For when it's difficult to empathize, find compassion
and forgive another who's actions are hurtful to me (ie, remembering that they're probably motivated by the pain/intention below...and also by wanting someone to truly know how bad they feel, not be alone in it, etc)...
If I make you feel worse than me, then I'll feel
better than you.
- Russell's Grandmother
To live my heart and dreams with
courage when the suffering or fear seems insurmountable...to work as if
I weren't getting paid, dance like nobody's watching, and love like I've
never been hurt...to remember to be truly alive by truly *LIVING*...
I'm not interested in whether there is one God or
many gods. I want
to know if you belong, or if you feel abandoned...if
you know despair,
or can see it in others. I want to know if you
know how to melt into
the fierce heat of living, falling towards the center
longing. I want to know if you're prepared to live
in a world with
this harsh need to change you and can look back with
firm eyes and
say, "This is where I stand." I want to know if
you can live your
life day by day with the consequence of love, and the
passion of your sure defeat. In this fierce embrace
I am told even
the gods speak of God.
- David Whyte
Every man dies, but not every man lives.
Perception = Reality - Expectations
When it seems I have neither
the strength nor faith to continue...
On the plains of hesitation
lie the bones of the countless ones,
on the dawn of Victory
laid down to rest
When I feel the desire to change
someone (usually in a relationship)...
don't Affect, just Adore.
- Rich Raffals, 8/99
When a situation has me feeling
uncomfortable, unhappy, scared, bored, or like I'm losing control...
Dance to whatever music's playing.
- Rich Raffals, 9/17/99
When it all seems for naught
and nothing's working, despite all my efforts...
The character of a man is judged not by what he accomplishes,
rather, by how much of himself he whole-heartedly, courageously
dedicates toward what he believes in.
- Rich Raffals, 5/98
When I'm too hard on myself...
I was asleep for a long time, dreaming grand dreams
success and accomplishment.
In the morning light of this new dawn,
I strove to transcend my fear of
not being or getting enough
and to be
genuinely kind and loving toward others.
I practiced performing kind and loving acts,
putting the needs and desires of others above my own
..whenever I perceived the opportunity..
Soon, however, I learned that I was still just dreaming....
In the brilliant light of this new day,
I awoke anew...
realizing that merely performing pre-meditated acts of
does not make one a truly kind person.
I then strove to put my loving regards for the best interests
before mine in my heart always,
..instead of in my mind when I "could"..
and to become
a person who naturally finds honest, heartfelt
joy in sacrificing
his own needs or desires
when it would result in the true growth and/or happiness
But, after dreaming that dream for awhile,
darkness descended and the warmth fled my new day.
Deep in the cold dark of night, I awoke to yet another
realizing that a person who is 100% kind and loving
also be just as kind, loving and nonjudgmental
So, I now strive to treat
with the same kindness, love, and acceptance
that I had previously reserved for others...
while struggling to believe
..that I deserve it..
- Rich Raffals, 8/17/98
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