keeping things whole

by mark strand

in a field
i am the absence
of field.
this is always the case.
whereever i am
i am what is missing.

when i walk
i part the air
and always
the air moves in
to fill the spaces
where my body’s been.

we all have reasons
for moving.
i move
to keep things whole.

true compassion

True compassion is not just an emotional response,
but a firm commitment based on reason.
Therefore, a truly compassionate attitude toward others
does not change even if they behave negatively.
Through universal altruism,
you develop a feeling of responsibility for others:
The wish to actively help them overcome their problems.

-His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

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the artist

i forget where i read this qoute but i found it particularly meaningful.

‘the laborer works with his hand. the craftsmen works with his hand and mind. the artist works with his hands, mind and heart.’

an interesting movie that actually illustrates this fine quote is good will hunting. after tonight’s viewing, mass cultural values have again reenforce that the heart should prevail over all. it’s such an obvious answer when you put in the context other silly human endeavors. and it’s quite obviously so ironic that i get to bear witness to this love ritual on a regular basis. sometimes i have to kick myself and wonder how can i continue to empathize with the very people that have entrusted their magical day to me.

some rumi favorites

advice doesn’t help lovers!
they’re not the kind of mountain stream
you can build a dream across.

an intellectual doesn’t know
what the drunk is feeling!

don’t try to figure
what those lost inside love
will do next.


in the slaughterhouse of the love, they kill
only the best, none of the weak or deformed.
don’t run away from this dying.
whoever’s not killed for love is dead meat.

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