Tuesday, July 17, 2012: (Carl Sagan quote: the Cosmic Ocean)

“The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore, we've learned most of what we know. Recently, we've waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return, and we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We're made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.”  ~~~Carl Sagan

Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 08:43PM by Registered CommenterThe Skeptical Mystic | Comments1 Comment

Friday, February 24, 2012: (Lao Tzu Quote: Stillness)

"No thought, no action, no movement, total stillness: only thus can one manifest the true nature and law of things from within and unconsciously, and at last become one with heaven and earth."

Lao Tzu

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Monday, January 30, 2012: (Kiekegaard Quote: Mysticism)

“Just as in earthly life lovers long for the moment when they are able to breathe forth their love for each other, to let their souls blend in a soft whisper, so the mystic longs for the moment when in prayer he can, as it were, creep into God.”  ~~~Kierkegaard, Søren

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012: S.A.D. and Albert Camus

           "In the depths of winter,

                     I finally learned that within me

                                        there lay an invincible summer." Albert Camus

 

           By now, I am quite convinced that I am afflicted with S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Our house has north-facing windows and there never seems to be enough light. The lights inside the house are low-level and usually off, as my husband likes to save energy (I swear he was a nocturnal animal in his last lifetime).

           I crave sunlight in winter.  Michigan skies are most commonly filled with stratus clouds. They may vary in their thickness but all seem intent on obscuring a sun that lost its enthusiasm months ago. The house becomes a cave. Despite my husband's and my joint commitment to be energy-efficient, I find myself turning on lights in the middle of the day.

            And I buy flowers. Bright yellows. Deep blues. Rich reds. Anything to catch my eye and remind me of brighter days. Colors to bring back that first thrill of spring's arrival and the anticipation of pale, tender greens bursting forth. Colors to bring back the warmth of summer and the lazy sound of Cicadas filling the hot, humid air. 

             I create sunlight with every meditation and let it fill me, let its intensity shine deep into my shadows, let its warmth spill over me, soaking gently into my skin, or let its brilliance radiate out from within me to light my surroundings. Anything to remind me that the dark is only part of a natural cycle and I will survive the gloom that comes with S.A.D.

            I wonder how people in older days survived these months.

Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 10:18AM by Registered CommenterThe Skeptical Mystic | Comments2 Comments

Monday, December 12, 2011: Wishes for the Holiday Season

I have friends and neighbors from all walks of life: Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Agnostic, Buddhist, Hindu, and so on and so on. ♥ I don't care what religion you are. If you wish me a Merry Christmas, I will wish you one right back, heartfelt and true. If you wish me Happy Divali, I will say it right back and mean it. I refuse to get upset over HOW you celebrate your season. The fact that you took the time to wish me joy is all that matters to me. ♥ Love and joy and laughter and companionship and friendship is what's important. Love one another as you would love yourself. ♥ Do as you will, but harm none. ♥ (from Jane, adapted from Ann Reichsman)
Posted on Monday, December 12, 2011 at 11:19AM by Registered CommenterThe Skeptical Mystic | Comments2 Comments