“Life Doesn’t Frighten Me” – Maya Angelou and Jean-Michel Basquiat

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Also see Maria Popova’s ever-brilliant Brain Pickings site.

Untitled – Floris Neusüss (1962)

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dart - floris neusüss - untitled, gelatin silver print photogram (1962)

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“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.” – Leonard Cohen

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poetry - Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen - robed zen

“No Surprises” – Radiohead

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“The Ride” – Amanda Palmer

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The Ride

Everyone’s too scared to open their eyes up
But everyone’s too scared to close them
Everyone’s frightened they don’t know what’s coming
But everyone’s frightened of knowing
Everyone’s reading the rules of engagement
And everyone’s starting to doubt them
Everyone’s reaching to put on a seatbelt
But this kind of ride comes without them Continue reading

“Cinder” – Susan Stewart

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Cinder

We needed fire to make
the tongs and tongs to hold
us from the flame; we needed
ash to clean the cloth
and cloth to clean the ash’s
stain; we needed stars
to find our way, to make
the light that blurred the stars;
we needed death to mark
an end, an end that time
in time could mend.
Born in love, the consequence –
born of love, the need.
Tell me, ravaged singer,
how the cinder bears the seed.

 

“The union of emptiness and the dependent arising of phenomena” – Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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Ordinary enjoyments are pleasurable in the beginning, but as time goes on, they become an increasing source of torment, If you wrap a strip of wet leather around your wrist, it is fine at first, but as the leather dries and shrinks, it tightens painfully. What a relief it is to cut it away with a knife!

Once you have understood the union of emptiness and the dependent arising of phenomena, you will see clearly how deluded and deceiving the ways of the world really are, and, like an old man forced to play children’s games, you will find them very tiresome. When you realised the utter foolishness of spending your life attached to friends and scheming to subdue your enemies and competitors, you will find it tedious.

Once you have been struck by the pointlessness of letting yourself be forever influenced and conditioned by your habitual tendencies, you will become sick of it… That will inspire you to strive towards liberation – and by striving for it, you will attain it. Samsara will never just disappear on its own. You have to want to get rid of it actively yourself.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

“I Will Not Die an Unlived Life” – Dawna Markova

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I Will Not Die an Unlived Life

I will not die an unlived life
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
more accessible,
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance;
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.

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“Love the earth and sun and animals …” – Walt Whitman

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“Love the earth and sun and animals,
Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
Stand up for the stupid and crazy,
Devote your income and labor to others…
Re-examine all you have been told 
at school or church or in any book;
Dismiss whatever insults your own soul;
And your very flesh shall be a great poem.”

~Walt Whitman

“Judy Blume” – Amanda Fucking Palmer

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