The eye of the heart…

August 24, 2015


Maria Papova:

“Citing 13th-century Persian poet and philosopher Rumi‘s famous line — “the eye of the heart, which is seventy-fold and of which these two sensible eyes are only the gleaners” — Schumacher revisits the notion of perceiving with something other than the intellect:

The power of “the Eye of the Heart,” which produces insight, is vastly superior to the power of thought, which produces opinions.


This is the process of gaining adaequatio, of developing the instrument capable of seeing and thus understanding the truth that does not merely inform the mind but liberates the soul.


Ideas produce insight and understanding, and the world of ideas lies within us. The truth of ideas cannot be seen by the senses but only by that special instrument sometimes referred to as “the Eye of the Heart,” which, in a mysterious way, has the power of recognizing truth when confronted with it.”


TED Radio Hour: ‘Peering into Space’

August 23, 2015



Don’t miss this one!

Brian Greene: Is Our Universe The Only Universe?


Sunday Morning Meditation ~♥~

Today I am fortunate to have woken up.

I am alive.

I have a precious human life.

I am not going to waste it.

I am going to use all my energies to develop myself,

to expand my heart out to others,

to achieve enlightenment for

the benefit of all beings.

I am going to have kind thoughts towards others.

I am not going to get angry, or think badly about others.

I am going to benefit others as much as I can.


Monday Morning Mantra

August 17, 2015


Maria Papova…

August 16, 2015

…always finding the light.


Parker Palmer’s Spectacular Commencement Address on the Six Pillars of the Wholehearted Life

“Take everything that’s bright and beautiful in you and introduce it to the shadow side of yourself… When you are able to say, ‘I am … my shadow as well as my light,’ the shadow’s power is put in service of the good.”

‘In 1974, the Tibetan Buddhist teacher and Oxford alumnus Chögyam Trungpa founded Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado — a most unusual and emboldening not-for-profit educational institution named after the eleventh-century Indian Buddhist sage Naropa and intended as a 100-year experiment of combining the best methodologies of Western scholarship with the most timeless tenets of Eastern wisdom, fusing academic and experiential learning with contemplative practice. Under the auspices of its Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, founded by Allen Ginsberg, the university hosted a number of lectures and readings by such luminaries as John Cage, William S. Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac himself, for all of whom Buddhism was a major influence.

In 2015, Naropa University awarded its first-ever honorary degree of Doctor of Contemplative Education to author, educator, and Center for Courage & Renewalfounder Parker Palmer — one of the most luminous and hope-giving minds of our time, whose beautiful writings on inner wholeness and the art of letting your soul speak spring from a spirit of embodied poetics. In May of 2015, he took the podium before the university’s graduating class and delivered one of the greatest commencement addresses of all time — a beam of shimmering wisdom illuminating the six pillars of a meaningful human existence, experience-tested and honestly earned in the course of a long life fully lived.

Annotated highlights below — please enjoy.’

Are you fired up?

Fired up 

A friend was in a meeting with a few colleagues when my latest book came up.

One person said, “After I finished it, I was all fired up, and I felt like quitting my job to go do something amazing.”

The other one said, “That’s funny. After I finished it, I was all fired up and I couldn’t wait to come to work to do something amazing.”

Fired up isn’t something you can count on, but it’s certainly possibly to create a job, an opportunity and a series of inputs and feedback that makes it more likely that people get that way.

And fired up sometimes drives people to do amazing work with you, especially if you’ve built a job description and an organization that can take that energy and turn it into work that matters.

Give people (give yourself) projects that can take all the magic and energy and enthusiasm they want to give.

-Seth Godin


August 14, 2015


Seth Godin

What and how

Small dreams work this way: figure out what’s available, then choose your favorite.

Important dreams are based on what needs to be done, and then… find your how.

It’s always easier to order off the menu. Is easier the goal?

Cafe’ News – Thursday, Aug. 13th

August 13, 2015

Leave the Tree

12 Architects Who Build Houses Around Trees Instead of Cutting Them



NY Times

Today is Earth Overshoot Day. Never heard of it? ‘We are using natural resources faster than nature can refill them.



Unreleased Kurt Cobain Songs Due to be Released in November



Equal Justice Initiative

“The Connecticut Supreme Court just declared the death penalty in Connecticut unconstitutional. In reaching this determination, the Court noted Connecticut’s ‘troubled history with capital punishment’ including ‘the freakishness with which the sentence of death is imposed; the rarity with which it is carried out; and the racial, ethnic, and socio-economic biases that likely are inherent in any discretionary death penalty system.’ As a result, the Court determined that Connecticut’s death penalty was unconstitutional because it “no longer comports with contemporary standards of decency and no longer serves any legitimate penological purpose.”



Rebuilding a Life Shattered by an Earthquake in China



Yo-Yo’s are still hip…




Why back-to-school lists are so long and specific.  And what’s up with the 3 dozen glue sticks?



Cafe’ News – Wed., Aug. 12th

August 12, 2015


Scathing…and excellent…expose on the GOP Clown Car in Rolling Stone. 

‘Inside the GOP Clown Car’


Op-Ed in the Idaho Mountain Express from Aimee Christensen

“Clean Power Plan Presents Opportunities for Idaho”



Black, plastic ‘Shade Balls’ to help ease California’s drought/water evaporation problem…

’96-Million Balls’




President Barak Obama’s message to former President Jimmy Carter on the news of his cancer diagnosis:



Sometimes having all the tools still just isn’t enough…

From Idaho Statesman:

“Prominent Idaho suicide prevention advocate takes his own life…”



President Obama’s letter to the editor…

His letter is in response from a New York Times Magazine cover story on the efforts that have been made over the last 50 years to dismantle protections in the Voting Rights Act of 1965…


‘If Librarians Were Honest’

August 10, 2015


From Maria Papova.


August 8, 2015

‘Transformation always involves the falling away of things we have relied on, and we are left with a feeling that the world as we know it is coming to an end, because it is.

When faced with great change – – in self, in relationship, in our sense of calling – – we somehow must take in all that has enclosed us, nurtured us, incubated us, so when the new life is upon us, the old is within us.’

-Mark Nepo

All There Is

August 2, 2015

All there is
Is atoms and space
Everything else
Is illusion

-Melissa Etheridge



‘…who touched it along the way.’

Right on Seth.

Show us the pictures 

‘There’s an increasing gulf between the privacy of individuals and that of corporations and monopolies.

An individual is almost certainly going be videotaped every time he leaves home. You will be caught on camera in the store, at the airport and on the street. Your calls to various organizations will also be recorded “for quality purposes.”

At the same time, it’s against the law to film animal cruelty on farms in many states. And if you say to a customer service rep, “I’m taping this call,” you’re likely to be met with hostility or even a dead line.

Kudos, then, to police departments for responding to the public and putting cameras in cars and on uniforms. And points to Purdue for building a chicken processing plant where the animals aren’t covered with feces and where they’re able to proudly give a tour to a reporter. They’re not doing this because they’re nice guys… they’re doing it because customers are demanding it. They view it as a competitive advantage that their competitors will have trouble replicating.

Your online history with a company ought to include a complete history of all the emails and phone calls you’ve had with them. And when you choose a piece of clothing or a piece of fish, it ought to be easy to see where it was made and who touched it along the way. 

If we’re willing to see it.

It’s not a technical problem. It will happen as soon as enough voices in the supply chain (perhaps us, the end of the chain) demand it.’

-Seth Godin

‘Violation of America’

August 1, 2015

Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an “Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery”


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