Monday, 26 November 2012

Quote of the Week - Sexton

"Watch out for intellect, 
because it knows so much it knows nothing 
and leaves you hanging upside down, 
mouthing knowledge as your heart 
falls out of your mouth."
-Anne Sexton

Annex Sexton scares me.  She's so gut-scrapingly articulate about the most tenuously indescribable things in life.  Sometimes, I just can't read her.

This one doesn't scare me.  It's just amazing truth.

Happy Cyber Monday!

I've been editing manuscripts...what have you been up to?

Monday, 19 November 2012

Quote of the Week - Paley

"It is the responsibility of the poet to be a woman
to keep an eye on this world and cry out like Cassandra,
but be listened to this time."
Grace Paley

I love Grace Paley.  I think it's time we answered her call.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Quote of the Week - Rumi

"This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet."
- Rumi
I think I over-rely on Rumi for quotes sometimes!  But how can you not?  They're so great!  And life - inner life - has changed so little in all this time.  Only the trappings (perfect word) have changed.

Have a great week!

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Quote of the Week - Roche

"Dare to be intimate with life, find the courage to be tender, and move through this world in touch with the innermost soul." 
- Dr. Lorin Roche

If you want to live a creative life, then intimacy needs to be an open relationship.  One you have with your senses and your intellect and your values (what you might choose to call spirit, or soul, but truly what those define are your core values).  This quote speaks to that and also gives you a way to practice it.

Gentleness in process is a very courageous thing.  It says that you trust yourself and the world around you enough to move at a pace that allows you to engage with heart and mind and body, without pushing yourself, or pulling others in with you.  You are the opposite of the proverbial bull in a china shop; you are a Prima Ballerina in a Swarovski store where you are illuminated by the sparkling crystals all around you and not a hair, or an ornament ends up out of place.  It's a dance requiring grace, patience, light and practice!

This innermost soul, this namaste - these are values.  If we're honest, we all want to set our main core value to love.  We just want to set it there and leave it there.  If we're honest, most of us fail in the doing.  Here is a reminder to check in with that place in you that is the caretaker of who you intend to be.  Do it often.

This comes from this month's issue of my fave mag LA Yoga.  I've quoted Dr. Roche before, and I think this whole article bears reading.  It's on p.42 of the digital version.