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Impossible not to dream

Poetry from John Looker

From time to time, I have been posting a poem from my book The Human Hive. This one is taken from Part 5, ‘States of Mind’:

DANCER

She turns and takes a final look at the room:
the mirrors across the wall, the well-sprung floor.
If you ignore the lights, it’s like a womb
where music finds embodiment in dance.
Re-living the last half-hour, she shuts the door. 

What did they think of that?

This was the feared audition, the longed-for chance.
Those weeks, let’s say the years, of preparation
had worked their alchemy: as though entranced
her mind and the music fused, her body became
line and shape, gesture, and lightness of motion. 

Surely they will recognise, at last,
my true potential?           

She feels so alive! She wants, she needs, this same
exhilaration daily in her life,
to burst out from the chrysalis…

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The purpose of this glorious life…

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Het doel van dit glorieuze leven…

Purplerays

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    The purpose of this glorious life is not simply to endure it ,
    but to soar , stumble and flourish as you learn to fall in love
    with existence.
    We were born to live my dear not to merely exist ..

    ~ Becca Lee ~

    Art by Julie Marriott

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            Vivamos Videre, the more we live, the more we are a witness to life

            Kone, Krusos, Kronos

            Castle od San Angelo Rome

            “Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn! Look to this Day! For it is Life, the very Life of Life. In its brief course lie all the Verities and Realities of your Existence. The Bliss of Growth, The Glory of Action, The Splendor of Beauty; For Yesterday is but a Dream, And To-morrow is only a Vision; But To-day well lived makes Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness, And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope. Look well therefore to this Day! Such is the Salutation of the Dawn!”

            Kalidasa

            The more we grow old, the more things we experience in life, some of them a great surprise, and a thing that makes us ponder at life itself.

            It’s meaning, and our lot in it.

            And we talk, and feel according as to what we consider it was good, or bad, but we did gain anything on it?

            I mean even…

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            Discovering our narrative, a process we call Life

            In the midst of the journey of our life we may find ouself in a dark forest, for the straight path was lost, and still there in that jungle, we may find so many tracks to follow that after so many years we still are not yet sure which path or which direction to take.

            Step by step in our lives, we have to explore the world and experience things that may or may not appeal to us, bother us, or seem reprehensible to us. Even if we would like to turn back the clock, we are not allowed to do so and have to keep moving forward.

            It looks like we are always in a learning process, but by reading “backwards” in our memory we will be able to gain a fuller understanding of what happened earlier and if we get to know the tricks of the trade, we shall be able to have some idea of what may happen next.

            Kone, Krusos, Kronos

            ON THINGS WE DISCOVER AS WE AGE

            Old Man Contemplating


            Life receives too many adjectives, but life it’s a verb, that it unfolds as we live, uncertainty a first, in childhood, and at our youth undecided, and shy, as we mature during our third decade we choose this, or that, hoping it will work out to reveal what we think we are, on the beginning of the fourth decade we tune, and correct course if in need of, asserting, and throwing out, what we believe of no use, friends, relationships, jobs, locations, and whatnot.

            Geting Rid From Old Things

            By the course when we arrive to the last years, we can see with clarity, the result from our work, and we can correct, and straighten certain things out, not all of them, since in life you cannot go back, only try again for new routes, different tactics to our general strategy, now hard to change into something else…

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            Truly, Truly – a #freeverse #poem by Leona

            Life and Times of a Quirky Character

            Prayers my heart starts to

            mumble as the dew

            forms graceful drops

            across the eyelashes

            of the late summer trees

            It sprang to mind the hopeful

            and expectant posture of

            a bride in waiting

            calling

            oil filled lanterns

            how we see the changing times

            only to be reminded that

            in life there is death

            in love there is loss

            truly truly say to you

            the barren garden will

            blossom as the noon day

            sun

            creeps along the ground

            there in the slanting rays

            it is easy to remember that

            goodness and favor

            does come to those

            who wait as the tides

            change and the earth

            shifts

            Have I finally found my home?

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            Soul-searching

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            We are all cut from the same cloth

            Black or white. Pauper or posh

            And as those veracious bubbles do froth

            The truth always comes out in the wash.


            Life’s banquet is seared with many decoys

            Blue, well-done, medium and rare

            You can never delect in the delicious joys

            Without first tasting bitter despair.


            It’s always the cruel that bloom and flourish

            It beggars belief how the meek don’t inherit

            We must first plant wisdom and courage

            To stop them reaping from our own merit.


            Because when life is unkind

            And your ducks don’t stay in a row

            Sometimes you have to lose your mind

            To find your soul.


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            Courage, Fear, and our vulnerability

            My Diary Pages

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            Without courage, we can not practice any virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous or honest.

            Maya Angelou

            Life is a strange, yet beautiful composition of laughter and tears, joy and sorrows, love and loss, struggle and stumble, success and failure, expectations and disappointments and a lot more.. It is completely perfect with all its ingredients and flavours, nothing is out of context.

            We are living in a time of “disconnection” — more importantly, a disconnection with our authentic selves and emotions. We don’t embrace any emotion as is, and identify it as either “good” or “bad”. Therefore, we know none at its core level. We usually mask our genuine emotion just to fit-in the society we live in. For example, it can be embarrassing for us to talk about our fears, while being “fearless” is the ideal term to be…

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            Learn something new

            Dr Austin Ejaife inspirit

            “The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” ~ Christopher McCandless …

            Life is filled with a plethora of wonderful things for us to learn. Yet in spite of this truth, there are even more things that we will never know–and this is a good thing, for so much what others try to impress upon us is really not of much use to us on a personal level, and often times completely useless to us as human beings. It is therefore to our benefit to seek out new adventures that inspire the individual within us, and broaden our horizons with new encounters and experiences.

            Contrary to popular belief, broadening…

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            Life is but a Weaving by Corrie ten Boom

            Short film based on the poem by Corrie ten Boom, which she often recited to audiences.

            My life is but a weaving
            Between my God and me.
            I cannot choose the colors
            He weaveth steadily.Oft’ times He weaveth sorrow;
            And I in foolish pride
            Forget He sees the upper
            And I the underside.

            Not ’til the loom is silent
            And the shuttles cease to fly
            Will God unroll the canvas
            And reveal the reason why.

            The dark threads are as needful
            In the weaver’s skillful hand
            As the threads of gold and silver
            In the pattern He has planned

            He knows, He loves, He cares;
            Nothing this truth can dim.
            He gives the very best to those
            Who leave the choice to Him.

            Shot, edited and directed by Brian Reed
            Additional photography by Daniel Kandel
            Music by Chris Zabriskie

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            Life🌼

            We should be aware that the religious life is a particular game or contest where we have to reach the goal or finish line.
            Many people prefer to hold on the earthly life where an adulterousness and pride in them avoids them to come close to Allah, the Only One True God Who is One (and not two or three).

            In that earthly life some leap in the hope Minimum life is nothing but the pleasures of vanity. Few people are willing to set aside the earthly pleasures to come to know the more important pleasures of God.

            Let us belong to those who chose to follow Allah’s Guidance and be aware that Life is like a rainfall whose growth charms the unbelievers but then dries out while those who believe in the Most High and count on His forgiveness and well-being do not need those worldly things but prefer heavenly things as they praise Jehovah God and want to be submissive to Him.

             

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            Be it in May or September: Run the race

            Race and Grace

            The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong

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            Additional reading

            1. Words to inspire and to give wisdom
            2. We are redeemed; we are “bought with a price”
            3. Atonement and the race been bought
            4. Matthew 20 Are you willing to work for Jesus?
            5. Run for the Everlasting Cure
            6. A race not to swift, nor a battle to the strong
            7. Running the battle
            8. Life is like a ten-speed bike.
            9. The Month of May and Running the race
            10. Today’s Thought “A Race in the Last Days” (May 27)
            11. Today’s Thought “There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness” (May 27)

            Try to get it!

            Black yellow Or white
            Each has a right
            The right to be respected
            The right to be protected
            The right to live
            And to peacefully survive
            So.. Live
            And Let live
            Sohair
            Allah says
            Chapter 57 The Iron سورة الحديد – Al-Hadid: Verse 20
            اعْلَمُوا أَنَّمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا لَعِبٌ وَلَهْوٌ وَزِينَةٌ وَتَفَاخُرٌ بَيْنَكُمْ وَتَكَاثُرٌ فِي الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَوْلَادِ ۖ كَمَثَلِ غَيْثٍ أَعْجَبَ الْكُفَّارَ نَبَاتُهُ ثُمَّ يَهِيجُ فَتَرَاهُ مُصْفَرًّا ثُمَّ يَكُونُ حُطَامًا ۖ وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ عَذَابٌ شَدِيدٌ وَمَغْفِرَةٌ مِنَ اللَّهِ وَرِضْوَانٌ ۚ وَمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا مَتَاعُ الْغُرُورِ
            Know ye (all), that the life of this world is but play and amusement, pomp and mutual boasting and multiplying, (in rivalry) among yourselves, riches and children. Here is a similitude: How rain and the growth which it brings forth, delight (the hearts of) the tillers; soon it withers; thou wilt see it grow yellow; then it becomes dry and crumbles away. But in…

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            Your Life: Habit or Freedom?

             

            VeritasCurat.net

            For audio/video of this article, please visit the Veritas Curat YouTube Channel, or scroll to the bottom of this page.

            A friend once asked me, “With all the years you’ve studied the mind and its functions, why have you not written a book? Especially since you love to write?”

            I could have given him a dozen different answers, but what instantly issued from my mouth was, “You’re supposed to write what you know. All I’ve focused on has been stuff like truth and wisdom. I see no point in writing about it, since greater minds than mine have already said it before.”

            Without missing a beat, my friend quipped, “That’s okay. People weren’t reading about truth and wisdom before either.”

            Whether considering the Stoics, Buddhists, or any other countless philosophies or religions over the centuries, I’ve discovered two common themes.

            First, have unconditional love for all of humanity.

            And…

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            Life can only be understood backward


            Soren Kierkegaard said,
            ‘Life can only be understood backward,
            but it must be lived forward.’

             

            Take courage and peace from the fact that God never changes.
            He has always been there for us in the past,
            even when we couldn’t see it at the time.
            He will equally always be there in the future,
            walking through life with us.
            May our backward glances at God’s love give us the security to step out into the unknown future.
            ~ Alan Hermann

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            Expectations

             

            Jewish Young Professional

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            “Every cloud has a silver lining” – proverb

            We watch the heavy storm –

            Clouds whose bellies hang low,

            Weighted with our expectations

            For silver linings – but life is just

            Phantom pregnancies, labor pains

            That do not deliver joy.

            If such linings were common, they’d be plastic;

            We’d pollute the ocean with them.

            They’re only silver because they’re rare.

            ***

            Written for dVerse

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            A Humming Bird in Flight. Let Us Learn!

             

            BowmanAuthor and Writer/Editor

            A Humming Bird in Flight

            A tiny creature, barely noticeable,

            The size of an insect.

            What a rare and precious find, incredible!

            If we could but enlarge its beauty, it would reflect

            The glory of nature in one swift swoop

            As the tiny bird sweeps into our lives with ballet loops.

            Ah, the peace, joy, and purity of nature…

            It reminds us to look for the little things

            That bring so much meaning, depth, and will to nurture

            All life upon our planet, all thoughts and feelings in our souls.

            We can learn much from this luminous, humming fowl

            Who has no troubles, woes, resentment.

            Skimming the skies in faithful bliss,

            Seeking the nourishment that strengthens the minuscule wings.

            Listen closely as you hear the song of endless

            Joy, peace, freedom, and contentment.

            So let us sing!

            –Deborah A. Bowman

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            A Child’s Petition (poem)

             

            David Carlewood

            Life is good today;
            Stay like this a while.
            Don’t let things fall back
            Where they were before.
            Freeze things as they are,
            Capture time in flight,
            Bind its little wings,
            Keep the sun alight.

            David

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            Happy New Year. SIGH.

            Being chained for some more months we should be happy when we are still not infected by that terrible disease. Though we shall still have to be on the safe side, avoiding contact with too many people.

            When staying in our little bubble, what do we want more. Today there are so many technological wonders that can bring people from all over the world to our doorstep.

            We have the facility to be in contact with so many people all over the world and can share our thoughts with them. But we now have also much more time to read books and to watch films on our small or big screen.

            So, let’s enjoy the life that we are privileged to have!

            Coronavirus Diaries

            It’s January 2021. We are way into the future and China has unleashed a whole load of hell into the world with Covid-19. We’re all still social distancing like mad, washing our hands, wearing masks, going nowhere, doing nothing, getting fat and lonely. No holidays, no hugs with friends, no eating in restaurants or going out dancing. We’re not even popping out for a cup of tea in a café. It’s a shitty life and I don’t see how it can change any time soon what with the new, ultra-transmissible mutation of the virus in rampant circulation.

            But there is hope. Vaccines are being given. Snowdrop shoots are peeping out of the muddy grass, and I’ve bought a new armchair and sofa bed on a 0% finance deal from DFS. You’ve got to take happiness where you can get it. Plus:-

            • The children are healthy
            • I am healthy
            • We have…

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            Recrafting our World

            According to psychologist Peter Kramer, resilience is the ability to cope with life’s frustrations without falling apart. And reslilience, not happiness, is the opposite of depression.

            • essence of a good life =  how well we pay attention, compassionately accept our situation, take action toward meaningful goals, learn from our choices, and move on, with as much trust + love as we can.
            • time at home = opportunity to reflect on life >  how to live closer to your credo => opportunity to re-evaluate + change way we live, work, produce, + distribute goods + services.
            • shift away from mindless consumerism => begin living for higher purposes, mindful of our impact on other people & planet.
            • Clarifying + aligning with our priorities.

            key = how we respond to new challenge. 

            • slowing down & reflecting
            • waking up to a new reality.
            • isolation =/= loneliness.

            Essence of a good life: how well we pay attention, compassionately accept our situation, take action toward meaningful goals, learn from our choices, and move on, with as much trust as we can. And remembering that what matters most is love. {Happy or Resilient?}

            writing to freedom

            Recrafting our World

            dreams, rebirth

            It’s impossible to avoid the news and impact of coronavirus.

            I’ve progressed from denial to concern, to acceptance and opening to new ideas. I’ve been sick for the last few days wondering if I have the virus, flu, a cold, allergies, or am simply run down. I’m considering whether to go to a doctor and be tested for the coronavirus. The virus is forcing us to slow down and live differently, at least for a while, Maybe asking us to consider how we can become healthier, more resilient, and more helpful in a connected world. Here’s a related post I wrote about resiliency a few years ago called Happy or Resilient?  From that post; the essence of a good life is how well we pay attention, compassionately accept our situation, take action toward meaningful goals, learn from our choices, and move on, with as much…

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            Pandemic Anxiety Busters~

            Continuation of

            Anxiety Management During Pandemic Days~

            Hope on the Horizon: Pandemic Anxiety Management II~

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            To remember

            Have tools in your awareness => improve your mood + ease your anxiety

            > practices boost immune system + improve our emotional + psychological health.

            Committing to service of development of a relationship with an intelligence present within us > greater than our own = relating more deeply to our inner nature

            In times of serious stress like a pandemic, turning inward spiritually, connects us outward, bringing calm and comfort

             

            • Spiritual Meditation/Prayer
              • paying attention to our inward self + inner voice > “introvert,” “extravert” and “synchronicity => real inner change, genuine achievement of a new attitude.
              • aim of the unconscious: the further filling out of ourselves; an increasing completeness in the unique being that we are.
              • Anima or Animus > our inner opposite sex figure & soul guide
            • Second Voice
              • practice listening for your second, more rational thought
              • have a second thought => giving a more helpful + accurate option
            • Exercise, Diet & Good Health Practices

             

              • Taking time to clear your mind of worries & concerns > focusing your attention on bigger picture
              • Prayer + spiritual meditation = connecting ourselves to greater whole => profoundly comforting.
              • Exercising creative pursuits + talents => spiritually connected.

            Fully live in the moment + feel gratitude for being alive.

            daily relaxing, distracting, + fun activities

            In the last two posts we started filling our anxiety busting toolbox and we are now down to our final three tools.*

            Thank you to all the bloggers who added their own personal tools that work. They are most helpful and are incorporated into our toolbox. Choose any tool(s) that might work for you, and discard any/all that are not a good fit for you. Add more of your own resources that work. Adapt your toolbox to suit yourself. The most important thing, regardless of the specific tools, is to have tools in your awareness, to improve your mood, and ease your anxiety, when bad things happen.

            Here is our toolbox:

            ANXIETY TOOLBOX:

            Self Talk Reframing (Cognitive Therapy)

            Guided Imagination/Visualization

            Exposure Management

            Progressive Relaxation

            Distraction in Action

            Self Soothing

            Second Voice

            Spiritual Meditation/Prayer

            Exercise, Diet & Good Health Practices

            SECOND VOICE

            Carl Jung emphasized the importance of paying attention to…

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            Life is a garden

            Dutch translation / Nederlandse vertaling: Het leven is een tuin

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            Life is a strange loop

            Life isn’t a race

            Hortus Closus

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            Painting by Xie Chu Yu

            Life is a garden,
            A beautiful summer, but
            Winter without spring.

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            Life isn’t a race

            Dutch translation / Nederlandse vertaling: Het leven is geen race

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            Life is a strange loop

            Next:

            Life is a garden

            Hortus Closus

            pencil-drawings-of-the-fallen-angel

            Life isn’t a race,
            It is not a competition
            It’s a  long travel.

            We are heading to nowhere,
            Through the mist of nothingness

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