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September 2011 Blog Posts (5)

Hafiz - TIRED OF SPEAKING SWEETLY

From "The Gift"

By Hafiz, interpreted by Daniel Ladinsky
Tired of Speaking Sweetly
Love wants to reach out and manhandle us,
 break all our teacup talk of God.
If you had the courage and
 could give the Beloved His choice, some nights,
 he would just drag you around the room
 by your…
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Added by Howard McQueen on September 24, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

FRUIT FROM THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE

(C) 2011 Howard McQueen

 

Knowledge is but an interpretation, an opinion,

 at most, a work-in-process hypothesis.

Knowledge can be bent, stretched and manipulated

 in the service of influencing, persuading, judging and enforcing.

There is great pressure to conform and believe in knowledge,

 not questioning its contexts or biases.

The temptation is to satiate oneself as the plate of knowledge is passed around.

 

In the…

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Added by Howard McQueen on September 24, 2011 at 10:19am — No Comments

FEEL YOUR EMOTIONS BEFORE EMOTING

Howard McQueen (C) 2011

 

Choose to be with the truest emotion alive within you.

There is no need to manufacture any reaction to that emotion.

Awaken from the endless sleep-walking dream of reactive disempowerment.

 

Stay with whatever is real in this framed moment.

Allow the moment to play itself out,

and you will find, within yourself,

the seed from which to be at peace.

 

We have so little control over what life…

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Added by Howard McQueen on September 22, 2011 at 12:51pm — No Comments

OBSESSION WITH SELF

Howard McQueen (C) 2011

 

Survival of self, at any costs

does not make for a noble beast,

nor a heart-felt community,

nor a vital village.

 

There is this Darwinian, strangle-hold grip we use to ensure the survival of our identity.

It may just be what is holding you and me in our self-imposed sense of separation.

 

The more we try to protect and defend our identity,

the more intractable and mired we become in the…

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Added by Howard McQueen on September 22, 2011 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Play With Perception Month - Bayou

 

“That which is seen is the reflection of one’s own consciousness.”

               -Sri Nisargargadatta

September is International PlaY wiTH PErcEption Month and it starts now, right here in Asheville.

 

What does that mean?   A new interactive art exhibit is happening in the River Arts District that invites you to become an active participant and write on the commentary art panels. As you view the finished paintings you are…

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Added by Julie Robinson on September 3, 2011 at 8:39pm — 1 Comment

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