Poem: Ode to August

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Oh, beloved August,
the harvest of the year and
All the harvests of the past
are celebrating in me,

Oh, mysterious August,
after a summer of light
all the stars being back
at the night sky
are twinkling in me,

Oh, sensuous August,
all the gentle winds of
the end summer
are dancing in me,

Oh, magical August
I embrace thee
and Sirius, which
knows I remember.

 

– Deelia 2013 / Soul Fields Blog ©

 

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Rhythm Is the Soul of Life: Poems

dancer_on_the_stage-wallpaper-1366x768Rhythm is the soul of life. The whole universe revolves in rhythm. Every thing and every human action revolves in rhythm. – Baba Olatunji

 

World’s Dance Stage

World’s a huge
Dancing stage
Let’s play some music
And dance in rhythm.

Exciting dances
From all directions
From east to west
And north to south.

Classical and modern
Religious and ethnic
And folk dances
From all the countries.

Ballet or rock
Rumba or tango
Kathak or bhangra
Let’s try them all.

Let’s imitate nature
In all its grace
Like clouds moving
On peaks of mountains
Like leaves dancing
With blow of the breeze
Like waves dancing
To reach the shore
Let’s dance in rhythm
With nature’s swing.

Dance’s energy
Dance’s vigor
Dance’s vibrant
Flow of emotion
Dance’s art
Body, the instrument
Let’s dance together
To show our happiness
And express our joy
On world’s stage.

Tirupathi Chandrupatla

Drumming: An Instrument of Love

I pick up my drum.
There’s a deep awed silence – a revered stillness –
in the moments of anticipating what that first stroke
to my drum will create for a sound vibration and
what that will do to my soul.
I let go and make contact falling in love again
with the vibrations, which are not only heard clearly,
but felt deeply in my heart and body.
Before long, the sounds create within me some
earth based erotic impulse to move.
Compelled to move, I follow this urge and very quickly
my movement turns to dance.
Dancing – my soul lightens – freeing me to expand. I am inspired.
These acts of dancing and drumming
bring sacred spirit’s light into myself.
I call thanks to all the great beings
of the universe for helping me to satisfy
this great primitive longing in me.
I realize doing what makes me joyful fosters gratitude.
I know having a grateful heart makes me
an instrument of Godde’s peace.

I drum.
I move.
I dance.

I bring light into myself.
I bring joy into the world.
I am an instrument of Godde’s peace.

Dawn Andersen 2/30/01 revised 2/23/07. Found from: http://www.differentdrummersdrumcircle.com/id7.html

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Spiritual Humor

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A young woman who was worried about her habit of biting her fingernails down to the quick was advised by a friend to take up yoga. She did, and soon her fingernails were growing normally. Her friend asked her if yoga had totally cured her nervousness. – No, she replied, but now I can reach my toe-nails so I bite them instead.

There are two kinds of people in the world, those who believe there are two kinds of people in the world and those who don’t. – Robert Benchley

Student: If I’m open minded, won’t my brains fall out?
Teacher: No, just keep your mouth shut at the same time.

If you believe in telekinesis, please raise my hand.

Says one woman to the other: – My son started to meditate. I don’t know what it is but it’s better than him sitting around doing nothing. 

I am not young enough to know everything.  – Oscar Wilde

Genealogy

A little girl asked her mother: – How did the human race appear? The mother answered, – God made Adam and Eve and they had children and so was all mankind made.  Two days later the girl asked her father the same question. The father answered: – Many years ago there were monkeys from which the human race evolved. The confused girl returned to her mother and said: – Mom, how is it possible that you told me the human race was created by God, and Dad said they developed from monkeys? The mother answered: – Well, dear, it is very simple: I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his.

Peace

Disciple: Oh wise and all knowing one, take me to the realm of perfect peace.
Master: If I take you to that realm, it will no longer be peaceful.

The Yogi and the Pizza

The Yogi walked into the Zen Pizza Parlor and said: –  Make me one with everything. When the Yogi got the pizza, he gave the proprietor a $20 bill. The proprietor pocketed the bill. The Yogi said: – Don’t I get any change? The proprietor said: – Change must come from within.

Q: How do you describe a schizophrenic Zen Buddhist?
A: A man who is at two with the universe

A student once asked Zen teacher Steve Allen: – If you were given a wish-fulfilling jewel, what would you wish for?  – To stop wishing, replied Allen.

The Sunday School teacher asks: – Now, Johnny, tell me frankly: do you say prayers before eating? – No sir,  little Johnny replies,  I don’t have to. My Mom is a good cook.

The best vitamin to be a happy person is B1.

 

Being kind:

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As I Began to Love Myself – A Poem on Self Love by Charlie Chaplin

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Ambition In The City

As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering
are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.
Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody
As I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time
was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this
person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT”.

As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life,
and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it “MATURITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance,
I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens
at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm.

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Poetry: Miracles

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by Walt Whitman

Why! who makes much of a miracle?
As to me, I know of nothing else but miracles,
Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan,
Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky,
Or wade with naked feet along the beach, just in the edge of the
water,
Or stand under trees in the woods,
Or talk by day with any one I love–or sleep in the bed at night with
any one I love,
Or sit at table at dinner with my mother,
Or look at strangers opposite me riding in the car,
Or watch honey-bees busy around the hive, of a summer forenoon,
Or animals feeding in the fields,
Or birds–or the wonderfulness of insects in the air,
Or the wonderfulness of the sun-down–or of stars shining so quiet
and bright,
Or the exquisite, delicate, thin curve of the new moon in spring;
Or whether I go among those I like best, and that like me best–
mechanics, boatmen, farmers,
Or among the savans–or to the soiree–or to the opera,
Or stand a long while looking at the movements of machinery,
Or behold children at their sports,
Or the admirable sight of the perfect old man, or the perfect old
woman,
Or the sick in hospitals, or the dead carried to burial,
Or my own eyes and figure in the glass;
These, with the rest, one and all, are to me miracles,
The whole referring–yet each distinct, and in its place.

To me, every hour of the light and dark is a miracle,
Every cubic inch of space is a miracle,
Every square yard of the surface of the earth is spread with the
same,
Every foot of the interior swarms with the same;
Every spear of grass–the frames, limbs, organs, of men and women,
and all that concerns them,
All these to me are unspeakably perfect miracles.

To me the sea is a continual miracle;
The fishes that swim–the rocks–the motion of the waves–the ships,
with men in them,
What stranger miracles are there?

 

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Chiron: Aquarian Themes – Staying Independent in the Collective Field

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Inspired by Linda of the litebeing chronicles blog and her wonderful post Poetry – adventures in stillness and vast mysteries  I made my own random pick from the book Chiron and the Healing Journey: An Astrological and Psychological Perspective by Melanie Reinhart.  To those who are not so familiar with this idea: these kinds of random picks can be playfully used to receiving answers to questions as well.

From the chapter: Chiron in Aquarius and the Eleventh House 

“With Chiron in Aquarius or the Eleventh House, we are vulnerable to the collective unconscious in the sphere of ideas and ideals. Although we have the potential to be  original and iconoclastic thinkers, we are also prone to taking on stereotyped attitudes. Rather than risk expressing our own opinions, we may adopt a party line of some kind, following the political or spiritual aspirations of a group to which we belong. We could become enslaved by the ideas of another person, not realizing that these hinder our own development; we may take on and subsequently reject many different systems of ideas on our quest. With this Chiron placement, we benefit by learning to use our own individual minds creatively, concretely, and with rational discrimination. If we can build a suitably Saturnian vehicle for the Uranian energy of our thoughts, we may find ourselves able to make an important contribution to others through our truly independent thinking. In this process, we will perhaps discover many useless “shoulds” and “oughts” which we are slavishly believing or obeying.”

“Until we have found a measure of inner freedom, we might fear commitment (and may have a horror of groups and the collective, for one thing, to be taken over by collective ideas). However, Chiron brings the possibility of individual freedom within commitment to life.” 

I also recalled this quote and am thanking with it all those people who have dared, and dare, to be independent and often ahead of their time sometimes also needing to face much opposition:

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.  – Albert Einstein

What is your random pick?

Thanks again for the idea, Linda!

 

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Quotes: Strength Is Wisdom – Wisdom Is Strength

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There is new strength, repose of mind, and inspiration in fresh apparel. – Ella Wilcox

Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair but manifestations of strength and resolution. – Kahlil Gibran

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength. – Corrie Ten Boom

Power over others is weakness disguised as strength. True power is within, and it is available to you now. – Eckhart Tolle

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. – unknown

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. –  Jimi Hendrix quotes

The Vedanta recognizes no sin it only recognizes error. And the greatest error, says the Vedanta is to say that you are weak, that you are a sinner, a miserable creature, and that you have no power and you cannot do this and that. It is our own mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us. Our thought make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds.  – Swami Vivekananda

Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. – Mohandas Gandhi

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Where love reigns, there is no will to power; and where the will to power is paramount, love is lacking. The one is but the shadow of the other. – Carl Jung

Strong people don´t put others down. They lift them up. – Michael P. Watson

Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness. – Oliver Wendell Holme

 

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Strength and Courage Symbols from 12 Different Cultures

 

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