“We are all connected…”

From an interview with Peter Yarrow:

Q: Per the lyrics of the Peter, Paul and Mary song, “And When I Die,” do you truly not fear death?

A: That song expressed something the trio all embraced, but it wasn’t so much about not being afraid of dying. It’s saying that life isn’t just there when it’s there and gone when it’s gone. We are connected to each other, part of each other. Mary Travers is dead, but she is in every song that I sing. When I open my mouth to sing, you can hear her in it. There is something beyond what we understand that makes us part of each other. And that song was an assertion that we go on living in others; our lives are continuous.

Read the rest of the article HERE.

Bodhisattva

“A Bodhisattva is one who comes back and appears in the everyday world, and plays the game of the everyday world, by the rules of the everyday world.  But he brings with him upaya.  He bring with him some way of showing that he’s been on the journey, that he’s come back, and he’s going to let you in on the secret too.”  ~Alan Watts, Turning the Head or Turning On

It would be a mistake to assume bodhisattvas only arrive in lotus-sitting robe-wearing form.  A bodhisattva could reach a lot more people by, for example, carrying a guitar.

1st and 2nd

It’s been said that the first thought that pops into your head is just a reflection of how society has conditioned you to respond– it’s the second thought that defines who you are.

So if an unkind thought pops into your head, don’t fret over it.  Just replace it with one of your own.