More Solistice related reflections

June 14, 2010 - 11:35 am 16 Comments

i thank god for this amazing day

i thank god for this amazing day, for leaping greenly spirits of trees and blue true dream of sky, and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes

I who have died am alive again today, and this is the sun’s birthday, this is the birth day of life and love and wings: and of the gay great happening illimitably earth

how should tasting touching hearing seeing breathing any– lifted from the no of nothing– humanly merely being doubt the imaginable you?

now the ears of my ears awake and now the ees of my eyes are opened!
e.e. cummings

May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty aand joy of each day…
Native American proverb

We are one, ater all, you and I; together we suffer, together we exist, and forever will recreate each other.
Pierre Teihard de Chardin

From the book, A Year With Rilke, his selection for June 21st:

Look at the sky. Is there no constellation named Rider?
For the image is imprinted on the mind: this arrogance made from Earth and a second one astride,driving him, and holding him back.

Hunted, then harnessed: Isn’t this the sinewqy nature of our being?
Path and turning, a touch to guide. New distances.
And the two are one.

But are they? Or is it only the going that unites them? When they stop
they belong again to table or pasture.

The starry patterns fool us, too. Still it pleases us for a moment to believe in them. That is all we need.
Sonnets to Orpheus I,11

Myth Deprivation
Excerpts from a reflection by Eugene Kennedy from his book, The Joy of Being Human, for June 22nd…

Dr. Jan Ehrenwald, a psychiatrist, suggested that [we moderns] suffer from what he has called “myth deprivation.” … He means that {humanity] needs myths in which to believe– not fairy stories but the kinds of legends through which through which we pass on basic truths about ourselves–just as [we] need heroes to imitate and great visions to lead him on. When [humans] make ruin of their myths, turning everything sour and making antiheroes to stand over the graves of the dead gods, when men, in other words, tangle the lines of their own belief systems, they can only surrender themselves to the winds of fate. What we understgand about [humankind] at this time in historyconfirms something that should never have been forgotten: [Humans] cannot survive without beliefs any more than they could survive without air or water. [[we doe not reach or attain our fullsense of personhood] unless or until one searches for what is trustworthy, unloess he or she opens themselves up to some way of explaining the world and one’s life. It is a strange thing that this need keeps reasserting itself , no mtter how often it is thought to have been eliminated for good.
[Our human need to believe is obvious. Desperate things happen to us when we abandon the possibilities of faith and trust. We become more primitive and less like a human being….] What [humanity] needs is th rediscover the dreams he needs to put him or herself back together as a person. This is religious business, not a humanistic sideline, and it is an effort to which we all can contribute as long as we perserve the capacity to trust and the will to make that practical in the lives of those with whom we live.

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