the seeds in bad weather

[Continuing on with song excerpts for January – here’s one for a storm day:]

How would you know that something better
Wasn’t waiting for bad weather
To soak its seeds, to give you everything you need

We have a habit of
Thinking we know the way it goes
Then it goes another way….

What if we choose that we’ll let go of
All the things we’ve no control of
What if we learn to love whatever comes to be

from “Another Way” by Kina Grannis

the stronger call of what you really love

[2nd in a series of song excerpts – a January project]:

But if you’re drifting away
If it’s falling apart
Let yourself,
be quietly drawn by the stronger call of what you really love
Let your soul
The one that you brought with you safe to this moment in time
Whisper to your fears
And wrestle with the noise of this night, for you

lonely together

[For the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing excerpts from favourite songs. Here is the first – I’m sure some of you will relate. I hope there is some “together” in your loneliness:]

If you’re lost and you’re lonely
Go and figure out why
Take a trip to your darkside
Go on and have a good cry
‘Cause we’re all lonely
Yeah, we’re all lonely together….

all I want for Christmas…

Building communities that practice understanding, loving-kindness and compassion may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of our world.

  • Thich Nhat Hanh

bell hooks on love

[A few years ago, Katie Gorrie introduced me to the writing and unique voice of bell hooks – the pen name of Gloria Jean Watkins who died yesterday. Some of you might have first heard of bell hooks from a class (probably taught by Katie!) or come across her writing on your own, but I’ve noticed several alumni posting tributes today to what they’ve learned from bell hooks. Here are a couple short but profound quotes that have been a part of our “daily rhythms”:]

  • “To know love we have to invest time and commitment….Dreaming that love will save us, solve all our problems or provide a steady state of bliss or security only keeps us stuck in wishful fantasy, undermining the real power of love — which is to transform us.”
  • “The practice of love is the most powerful antidote to the politics of domination.”
    • bell hooks