Monthly Archive: July 2005

YOU ARE WORTHY…

 
Do not undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others.
It is because we are different that each of us is special.

Do not set your goals by what other people deem important.
Only you know what is best for you.

Do not take for granted the things closest to your heart.
Cling to them as you would your life,
for without them, life is meaningless.

Do not let your life slip through your fingers
by living in the past nor for the future.
By living your life one day at a time,
you live all the days of your life.

Do not give up when you still have something to give.
Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.
It is a fragile thread that binds us to each other.

Do not be afraid to encounter risks.
It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.

Do not shut love out of your life
by saying it is impossible to find.

The quickest way to receive love is to give love;
The fastest way to lose love
is to hold it too tightly.

Do not dismiss your dreams.
To be without dreams is to be without hope;
To be without hope is to be without purpose.

Do not run through life so fast that you forget
not only where you have been,
but also where you are going.

Life is not a race, but a journey
to be savored each step

– Nancye Sims

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
– J. Krishnamurti

The purpose of words is to create silence. If words create more noise, then they have not reached their goal.
– Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Do not take life’s experiences too seriously.  Above all, do not let them hurt you, for in reality they are nothing but dream experiences … If circumstances are bad and you have to bear them, do not make them part of yourself. Play your part in life, but never forget that it is only a role.
– Paramahansa Yogananda

Do not meditate – be!
Do not think that you are – be!
Don’t think about being – you are!
– Sri Ramana Maharshi

Everybody in your life can assist you in awakening your loving. Everyone can help you get in touch with the many aspects of yourself that are within you.
– John-Roger with Paul Kaye, from “Momentum, Letting Love Lead – Simple Practices for Spiritual Living” p. 9

You
are elegant, withdrawn, and brilliant. Your mind is a weapon, able to
solve any puzzle. You are also great at poking holes in arguments and
common beliefs. For you, comfort and calm are very important. You tend to
thrive on your own and shrug off most affection. You prefer to protect
your emotions and stay strong.

You are no more or less who you now are than all the masks you have
worn and all the posturing you have demonstrated along the way. All of
it are integral parts of an identity that seeks resolution, not in the
act of discarding what was, but in the act of integrating all of it
into the composite of what Is.

– Rasha, “The Teachings of Oneness”

Your Alcoholic Horoscope

ARIES:  Impulsive Aries people like to  party and sometimes
don’t know when to call it a  night. Their competitive streak
makes them prone  to closing-time shot contests. They’re
sloppy,  fun drunks, and they get mighty flirty after a 
couple tipples. Getting Aries people drunk is a  good way to get what you want out of them, should other methods
fail. Aries can become bellicose when blotto, but they will assume that
whatever happened should be forgiven by sunrise. They can be counted on
to do the same for you — so long as you haven’t gone and done anything
really horrible to them last night, you sneaky Gemini.

TAURUS: Taurus prefers to drink at a leisurely pace, aiming for a
mellow glow rather than a full-on zonk. Since a truly intoxicated
Taurus is a one-person stampede, the kind of bull-in-a-china-shop
inebriate who spills red wine on white carpets and tells fart jokes to
employers, the preference for wining and dining to body shots and
barfing is quite fortunate for the rest of us. This is not to say that
the Bull is by any means a teetotaler — god, no. A squiffy Taurus will
get, er, gregarious (full of loudmouth soup, some would say) and is
extremely amusing to drag to a karaoke bar when intoxicated.

GEMINI: Geminis can drink without changing their behavior much —
they’re so naturally chatty and short-attention-spanned that it’s just
hard to tell sometimes. They can amaze you conversing with finesse and
allusion, then doing something to belie an extremely advanced state of
intoxication, like puking in your shoe. Geminis possess the magic
ability to flirt successfully with several people at once. They like to
order different  cocktails every round — repetition is boring —
and may create a theme (like yellow drinks: beer, sauvignon blanc and
limoncello) for their own amusement.

CANCER: Cancer is a comfort drinker — and an extra wine with dinner or
an after-work beer or six can be extra comforting, can’t it, Cancer
darling? Like fellow water signs Scorpio and Pisces, Crabs must guard
against lushery. Cancers are brilliant at ferreting out secret parties
and insinuating themselves on VIP lists — and, in true Hollywood
style,  Cancers are never really drunk; instead, they get “tired
and emotional” (read: weepy when lubricated). But there’s nothing
better than swapping stories (and spit) over a few bottles of inky red
wine with your favorite Cancer. Even your second-favorite Cancer will
do. The sign also rules the flavor vanilla, and you’d be adored if you
served up a vanilla vodka and soda.

LEO: Leo likes to drink and dance — they’re often fabulous dancers,
and usually pretty good drinkers as well, losing their commanding
dignity and turning kittenish. Of course, they’re quite aware they’re
darling – Leos will be Leos, after all. They generally know their
limit, probably because they loathe losing self-control. When they get
over-refreshed, expect flirting to ensue — and perhaps not with the one what brung them. But
Leo’s not the type to break rules even when drunk, so just try to
ignore it and expect a sheepish (and hung over) Lion to make it up to
you the  next day.

VIRGO: Cerebral Virgos are compelled to impose order onto their bender.
Their famously fussy quest for purity could lead to drinking less than
other signs, sure  — but it could also lead to drinking booze
neat, to sucking down organic wine or just to brand loyalty. They
rarely get fully shellacked — but, oh, when they do! Virgo’s
controlled by the intellect, but there’s an unbridled beast lurking
within, and they let it loose when walloped. It’s  dead sexy. As
one Virgo friend used to declare, “I’m going to drink myself into a low
level of intelligence tonight.” A toast to the subgenius IQ!

LIBRA: “I’m just a social drinker,” slurs Libra, “it’s just that I’m so
damn social!” Libra loves nothing more than to party, mingle and relate
to everyone. Whether dipped in favor of Good Libra (with Insta-Friend
device set to “on”) or heavier on the Evil Libra side (they are little
instigators when bored), the Scales can really work a room. 
Charming as they are, Libras are notoriously lacking in self-control,
however, which can get them into all sorts of trouble – including
wearing their wobbly boots waaaay too early in the evening, flirting
with every man/woman in the room or even blacking out the night’s
events entirely. Oops!

SCORPIO: Don’t ever tell Scorpios they’ve had enough, for they’ll smirk
at you and quietly but intentionally keep tippling till they’re
hog-whimpering drunk, out of 100-proof spite. Scorpios like to drink,
and screw you if you have a problem with that. Most of them see the
sauce as something to savor in itself, and not as a
personality-altering tool — though if depressed, self-loathing Scorps
seek total obliteration. But  generally, they’re fascinating
drinking pals, brilliant conversationalists and dizzying flirts. They
also remember everything — especially what you did when you were
blitzed. Only drink with a Scorpio who likes you.

SAGITTARIUS: In vino veritas — and, for Sagittarius, in booze
blurtiness: When buttered, they’ll spill all your secrets and many of
their own. Tactlessness aside, Sagittarius is just plain fun to drink
with. This is a sign of serious partying (what else would you expect
from the sign of Sinatra, Keith Richards, the Bush twins and Anna
Nicole Smith?). They’re the people who chat up everyone in the room,
then persuade the entire crowd to travel somewhere else — like a
nightclub, or a playground, or  Cancun. Good-natured hijinks are
sure to ensue (including a high possibility of loopy groping;
spontaneous Sag is a brilliant booty call).

CAPRICORN: Capricorn is usually described as practical, steadfast,
money-hungry and status-thirsty — no wonder they get left off the
astrological cocktail-party list. But this is the sign of David Bowie
and Annie Lennox, not to mention Elvis. Capricorn is the true
rock star: independent, powerful and seriously charismatic, not too
eager to please. And if they make money being themselves, who are you
to quibble? But just like most rock stars, they’re either totally on or
totally off, and they generally need a little social lubricant to
loosen up and enjoy  the after party, especially if they can hook
up with a cute groupie.

AQUARIUS: Aquarius and drinking don’t go together that well (except for
water, that is). They have an innate tendency toward know-it-allism,
and if they get an idea while sizzled, they’re more stubborn than a
stain or a stone. If they’re throwing a party or organizing an outing,
however, they’re too preoccupied with their duties to get combative —
and they make perfectly charming drunks in that case. Fortunately,
they’re usually capital drink-nursers. They also make the best
designated drivers (if you can get them before they start raising their
wrist). Aquarius is fascinated by drunk people and capable of holding
interesting conversations with soused strangers while sober.

PISCES: If you’re a Pisces, you’ve probably already heard that you
share a sign and an addictive personality — with Liz Taylor, Liza
Minelli and Kurt Cobain.  Not only do Pisces like to lose
themselves in the dreamy, out-there feeling that only hooch can give,
but they build up a mighty tolerance fast.  Who needs an expensive
date like that? On the other hand, they’re fabulously enchanting
partners, whether in conversation or in crime.  With the right
Pisces, you can start out sharing a pitcher of margaritas and wind up
in bed together for days. The phrase “addictive personality” can be
read two ways, you know.

Customer talking to Tech Support:

Customer: I’m not very technical, but I think I am ready to install now. What do I do first?

Tech Support: The first step is to open HEART. Have you located your HEART?

Customer: Yes I have, but there are several programs running right now. Is it okay to install while they are running?

Tech Support: What programs are running?

Customer: Let me see… I have PASTHURT.EXE, LOWESTEEM.EXE, GRUDGE.EXE, and RESENTMENT.COM running right now.

Tech Support: No problem. LOVE.EXE will automatically erase
PASTHURT.EXE from your current operating system. It may remain in your
permanent memory, but it will no longer disrupt other programs. 
LOVE.EXE will eventually overwrite LOWESTEEM.EXE with a module of its
own called HIGHESTEEM.EXE However, you have to completely turn off
GRUDGE.EXE and RESENTMENT.COM. Those programs prevent LOVE.EXE from
being properly installed in the first place.  Can you turn those
off. please?

Customer: I don’t know how to turn them off. Can you tell me how?

Tech Support: Go to your Start menu and run FORGIVENESS.EXE. Do this as
many times as necessary until GRUDGE.EXE and RESENTMENT.COM have been
completely erased.

Customer: Okay, now I’ve done that. WOW… LOVE has started installing itself automatically. Is that normal?

Tech Support: Yes it is. You should receive a message that says it will
reinstall for the life of your HEART. Do you see that message?

Customer: Yes I do. Is it completely installed already?

Tech Support: Yes, but remember that you have only the base program.
You need to begin connecting to other HEARTS in order to get the
“upgrades”.

Customer: Oops… I have an error message already. What should I do?

Tech Support: What does the message say?

Customer: It says “ERROR 412 – PROGRAM NOT RUN ON INTERNAL COMPONENTS”. What does that mean?

Tech Support: Don’t worry, that’s a common problem. It means that the
LOVE program is set up to run on external HEARTS but has not yet been
run on your HEART.  It is one of those complicated programming
things, but in non-technical terms it means – “you have to ‘LOVE’ your
own machine before it can “LOVE” others.”

Customer: So what should I do?

Tech Support: Can you find the directory called “SELF-ACCEPTANCE”?

Customer: Ummm… yes, I see it now.

Tech Support: Excellent… you are getting good at this!

Customer: Thank you.

Tech Support: You’re welcome. Please, right-click on the following
files and then copy them to the “MYHEART” directory: 
FORGIVESELF.DOC, SELFESTEEM.TXT, REALIZEWORTH.TXT, and
GOODNESS.DOC.  The system will overwrite any conflicting files and
begin patching any faulty programming.

Also, you need to delete SELFCRITIC.EXE from all directories, and then
empty your recycle bin afterwards to make sure it is completely gone…
and never comes back.

Customer: Got it! Hey… My HEART is filling up with really neat
files.  SMILE.MPG is playing on my monitor right now and it shows
that WARMTH.COM, PEACE.EXE, and CONTENTMENT.COM are duplicating
themselves all over the place!

Tech Support: Now LOVE is installed… and running. You should be able to handle it from here. One more thing before I go…

Customer: Yes?

Tech Support: LOVE is freeware. Be sure to share it and its
various modules to everybody you can. They will in turn share it with
other people and they will return some really neat modules back to you.

Customer: I will. Thank you so very much for your help.

Tech Support: My pleasure. Someone helped me too when I was new at all of this.  Have a great day!

The polarity of love is fear. Fear is a current of energy that
literally runs through your body and is produced when you feel cut off
from the source of unconditional love. Every time you experience fear,
ask yourself, “What is going on that I have substituted fear for love
in this moment?” This kind of self-talk will bring you back to an
awareness that fear is running through you because you have lost your
alignment with love.

– Wayne Dyer, Manifest Your Destiny

There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading in the same
direction, so it doesn’t matter which path you take.  The only one
wasting time is the one who runs around and around the mountain,
telling everyone that his or her path is wrong.

– Hindu teaching

Cat Haikus

The food in my bowl
Is old, and more to the point
Contains no tuna.

So you want to play.
Will I claw at dancing string?
Your ankle’s closer.

There’s no dignity
In being sick – which is why
I don’t tell you where.

Seeking solitude
I am locked in the closet.
For once I need you.

Tiny can, dumped in
Plastic bowl. Presentation,
One star; service: none.

Am I in your way?
You seem to have it backwards:
This pillow’s taken.

Your mouth is moving;
Up and down, emitting noise.
I’ve lost interest.

The dog wags his tail,
Seeking approval. See mine?
Different message.

My brain: walnut-sized.
Yours: largest among primates.
Yet, who leaves for work?

Most problems can be
Ignored. The more difficult
Ones can be slept through.

My affection is
conditional. Don’t stand up,
It’s your lap I love.

Cats can’t steal the breath
Of children. But if my tail’s
Pulled again, I’ll learn.

I don’t mind being
Teased, any more than you mind
A skin graft or two.

So you call this thing
Your “cat carrier.” I call
These my “blades of death.”

Toy mice, dancing yarn
Meowing sounds. I’m convinced:
You’re an idiot.

Unless you’ve lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is.
– Margaret Mitchell

People don’t grow old. When they stop growing, they become old.
– Anonymous

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.
– Albert Einstein

The goal of life
is to make your heartbeat
match the beat of the universe,
to match your nature with Nature.
– Joseph Campbell