Saturday, January 17, 2009

While I'm gone

I will be away for approximately two and a half weeks. I am not going to muddle my head with the stuff I've been pondering. I am going to learn some history and culture about four African nations, search for and hope to photograph wonderful animals, and spend the time with an adventurous group of my contemporaries and a bunch of local guides, drivers and others who I may meet. I'm excited about all that. I'm also delighted to be leaving the frigid weather [it's only 6 degrees this morning] to go into the middle of summer -- geography is wonderful!

Meanwhile two quotes. The first a short poem, It's called "Love Letter" and that is it, but it has a message about current events as well, although probably that was not on poet Carole C. Gregory's mind when she wrote it.

Love Letter

Dear Samson,
I put your hair
In a jar
By the pear tree
Near the well.
I been thinkin'
Over what I done
And I still don't think
God gave you
All that strength
For you to kill
My people.

Love, Deliah

And a quote from Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now, which does follow on from the previous posts. I think it's worth at least a couple of reading and quite a few meditation sessions. [Not the last work he uses is "freedom" not God.]

"When you recognize that there is a voice in our head that pretends to be you and never stops speaking, you are awakening out of your unconscious identification with the stream of thinking. When you notice that voice, you realize that who you are is not the voice -- the thinker -- but the one who is aware of it.

Knowing yourself as the awareness behind the voice is freedom."

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