“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach- waiting for a gift from the sea.”

-Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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The Blooming of Madness #254

i discovered you in the dark,

when my silly mind could

not interpret things like you.

you taught me everything.

but most of all

you taught me that

every single body

deserves its right to beauty.

big, small, tall, beaten–

we are all different forms

of brilliance.

Christopher Poindexter

“do you feel that?”

she asked as we watched

the stars and the moon illuminate

the sea before us.

“tell me you feel it?

the longing to not just exist,

but to live and to live beautifully?”

i, with a smile filled with so

much truth it could move the clouds, replied;

“of course i feel it.

the heart in you is the heart in me.”

Christopher Poindexter

 

For the Searchers

“Some people do not have to search. They find their niche early in life and rest there, seemingly contented and resigned. They do not seem to ask much of life, sometimes they do not take it seriously. At times I envy them, but usually I do not understand them. Seldom do they understand me.
I am one of the searchers. There are, I believe, millions of us. We are not unhappy but neither are we really content. We continue to explore ourselves, hoping to understand. We like long walks along the beach; we are drawn by the ocean, taken by its power, its unceasing motion, its mystery and unspeakable beauty. We like forests and mountains, deserts and hidden rivers and lonely cities as well. Our sadness is as much a part of our lives as our laughter. To share our sadness with one we love is perhaps as great a joy as we can know — unless it is to share our laughter.
We searchers are ambitious only for life itself, for everything good and beautiful it can provide. Most of all we want to love and be loved. We want to live in a relationship that will not impede our wandering, nor prevent our search, nor lock us in prison walls; that will take us for what little we have to give. We do not want to prove ourselves to another or to compete for love.
This…is for wanderers, dreamers and lovers, for lonely men and women who dare to ask of life everything good and beautiful. It is for those who are too gentle to live among wolves.”

-James Kavanaugh

Believe in Life, Not Loss

Believing in life means we can trust–trust in the nature and rhythm of life with all of its constant change. We believe in transformation, change, and purpose.

Believing in life means we’re not in bondage to the past. No matter what we’ve done, what decisions we’ve made, we set ourselves free to trust ourselves now. We trust what we feel, we trust what we know, we trust what we think we need to do next. Believing in life means we trust that the lessons we’re learning are real. They’re valuable and Divinely ordained–even when learning a lesson means feeling pain.

-Melody Beattie (an excerpt from her book, Journey to the Heart)

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”

-Martha Graham

In Honor of Memorial Day

Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes

for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming

to a divine purpose.

From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one

thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of

others… for the countless unknown souls with whose fate

we are connected by a bond of sympathy.

Many times a day, I realize how much my outer and inner

life is built upon the labors of people, both living and

dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to

give in return as much as I have received.

– Albert Einstein