Healing may not be so much about getting better,
as about letting go of everything that isn’t you —
all of the expectations, all of the beliefs —
and becoming who you are.
~ Rachel Naomi Remen ~
(From) THE PROPHET
~ Kahlil Gibran ~
Your children are not your children.
They are sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.
Experience is not what happens to you;
it is what you do with what happens to you.
~ Aldous Huxley ~
Video: YouTube by Eldad Hagar
If we really want to pray,
we must first learn to listen;
for in the silence of the heart,
~ Blessed Mother Teresa ~
Every human being comes to earth with sealed orders.
~ Soren Kierkegaard ~
Refuse to fall down
If you cannot refuse to fall down,
refuse to stay down.
If you cannot refuse to stay down,
lift your heart toward heaven,
and like a hungry beggar,
ask that it be filled.
You may be pushed down.
You may be kept from rising.
But no one can keep you from lifting your heart
It is in the middle of misery
that so much becomes clear.
The one who says nothing good
came of this,
is not yet listening.
~ Clarissa Pinkola Estés ~
When Andre Grandin, a bus driver in Sweden, suddenly made an unexpected stop and ditched his bus with passengers still inside no one complained. Andre interrupted the bus journey between Vara and Lidkoping in southern Sweden when he saw 10-year-old Emilia Behrendtz crying at the side of the road.
After comforting the poor crying girl, witnesses say the driver climbed back on to the bus “without a word” and drove on as if nothing had happened. It later transpired that the girl had been crying due to being bullied by other children. This picture of the heartwarming scene was captured by Emma Gustaffsson, a passenger on the bus.
After being posted online by Emma Gustaffsson, the picture has got well over 50,000 interactions on Facebook and been retweeted over 5,000 times on Twitter.
When Andre Grandin was tracked down by the Swedish press, he told the Expressen newspaper that it’s simply in his nature to help when he sees someone crying or in pain. Grandin says strangers have been sending flowers to his home. But he doesn’t think his actions were anything out of the ordinary.
Sources: Twitter, BBC and Expressen
In my work with loss and bereavement, music is a powerful tool. It not only comforts the dying, but the living as well.
“Graceful Passages: A Companion for Living and Dying,” produced by Michael Stillwater and Gary Malkin, blends messages and music about life, death, forgiveness and acceptance, narrated by spiritual thinkers from a variety of faith traditions.
One of my favorites, which I use for myself from time to time to affirm my life journey, follows. Here, Jeanine Prevatt holds sacred her Cherokee lineage and her deep connection to the Earth. You can also find the accompanying music on iTunes if the words speak to your heart, as they do to mine.
~ Jyoti ~
Good morning, Grandfather.
I entered this life a ways back
and put skin on to walk two-legged on this Creation –
and what a glorious time it was.
It taught me about breath
and about sensing and feeling and caring through my heart.
And I walked on around that Red Road,
looking and trying to understand more
about the mystery and the secrets She holds.
And You spoke to me through the wind,
and You sang to me through the birds.
And You brought challenges forth so that
I might listen to the message You bring me more sincerely.
And I kept walking down this road.
And I came ’round the bend
at the middle of that curve in the road
and I began to find a secret in the Spirit of my Self…
And still I walked on, sometimes blind and deaf,
and sometimes with pain.
But I fought with my fears and I embraced my unknowingness –
and still I walked on.
And my children and my family stood with me
and we came to know each other in those later years more than we
had before – for some of our falseness had fallen away –
and still I walked on.
And I kept walking on this road towards You,
towards that other world that grew closer to me with each step.
And as the door of the Great Spirit world came closer
my fear loomed up inside sometimes…
But something called me forth –
the Morning Star rose with each day –
and my prayer became a centering – and still I walked on,
until I began to hear the Song of the Mother,
and Her arms embraced me so,
that instead of walking She carried me right to the door.
And as the door opened, I heard Her Song,
and Her Song lifted me up, so I could soar.