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The Lips of Wisdom Are Closed Except To The Ears of Understanding

“The Lips of Wisdom Are Closed,
Except To The Ears of Understanding.”
~The Kybalion~

Our greatness lies not so much in
being able to remake the world,
As in being able to remake ourselves.
~ Mahatma Gandhi~

Confront the dark parts of yourself,
And work to banish them,
With illumination and forgiveness.
Your willingness to wrestle,
With your inner demons,
Will cause your angels to sing.
Use the PAIN as FUEL,
As a reminder of your strength.”
~ August Wilson~

Introspection is self-improvement
And therefore…
introspection is self-centeredness.
Awareness is not self-improvement.
On the contrary,
It is the ending of the self of the “I,” with all its peculiar
Idiosyncrasies, memories, demands, and pursuits.
In introspection there is identification and condemnation.
In awareness there is no condemnation or identification;
Therefore, there is no self-improvement.
There is a vast difference between the two.”
~Jiddu Krishnamurti~


Peace & Blessings

Lo (Enigmaress)

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Posted by on May 29, 2011 in Spirituality And Growth

 

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Betrayal: A Feline Scorned

“A faithless tom. A shattering drama about a female feline scorned just hours before marching to the altar– an the dirty, rotten scoundrel, fleabag that led her down the garden path”

I can’t seem to go past … “I was a virgin.” “WAS!!!!!!” 

Ohmygoodness! Too hilarious!  Im just so tickled, and it seems to get funnier each time I re- watch the video. Just too much! Lol!

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Art And Creativity

 

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A Woman’s Anthem: Still I Rise By Maya Angelou


Still I Rise
Poem By Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise

Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise

I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
And so… naturally,
There I go RISING

~Maya Angelou~
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Peace & Blessings
Lo (Enigmaress)

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2011 in Art And Creativity, Spirituality And Growth

 

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The Runaway Bunny (WIT 2001)



Once there was a little bunny who wanted to run away.

So he said to his mother,
“I’m running away.”

“If you run away,” 

Said his mother,
“I WILL RUN AFTER YOU, FOR YOU ARE MY LITTLE BUNNY.”
“If you run after me,”
Said the little bunny,
“I will become a fish in a trout stream and I will swim away from you.”
“If you become a fish in a trout stream,”
Said his mother,
“I WILL BECOME A FISHERMAN AND I WILL FISH FOR YOU.”
“If you become a fisherman,”
Said the little bunny,
“I will be a bird and fly away from you.”
“If you become a bird and fly away from me,”
Said his mother,
“I WILL BE A TREE THAT YOU COME HOME TO.”
“Shucks,”
Said the little bunny,
“I might just as well stay where I am and BE YOUR LITTLE BUNNY “
And so he did.
“Have a carrot,”
Said the mother bunny.

A scene from the HBO Film Wit (2001) Starring Emma Thompson as Vivian Bearing.

In the play WIT (2001)  By Margaret Edson, the book helps demonstrate the protagonist’s ability for redemption. Her former college professor reads it to her during her final hours dying of ovarian cancer. She notes that the story can be read as an allegory of the soul being pursued by god.

WIT is a 2001 American television movie directed by Mike Nichols. The teleplay by Nichols and Emma Thompson is based on the 1998 Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same title by Margaret Edson. The film was shown at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 9, 2001 before being broadcast by HBO on March 24 2001.

Vivian Bearing is a professor of English literature known for her intense knowledge of metaphysical poetry, especially the Holy Sonnets of John Donne. Her life takes a turn when she is diagnosed with metastatic Stage IV ovarian cancer. Late in Vivian’s illness, the only visitor she receives in the hospital is her former graduate school professor and mentor, Evelyn Ashford, who reads her excerpts from ‘The Runaway Bunny‘.

As she nears the end of her life, Vivian regrets her insensitivity and realizes she should have been kinder to more people. In her time of greatest need, she learns that HUMAN COMPASSION is of more profound importance than INTELLECTUAL WIT.

Peace & Blessings,
Lo (Enigmaress)

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2011 in Spirituality And Growth

 

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The Girl Who Silenced The World For 5 Minutes

Severn Cullis-Suzuki giving her speech at the UN Earth Summit of 1992, when she was only 12 years old.

Severn Cullis-Suzuki gave the speech at the UN Earth Summit of 1992, almost 19 years ago. E.C.O raised money with members of ECO, to attend the Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

Severn Cullis-Suzuki personally wrote the entire speech (below):

Hello, Im Severn Suzuki speaking for E.C.O. – The Environmental Childrens Organisation. We are a group of twelve and thirteen-year-olds trying to make a difference: Vanessa Suttie, Morgan Geisler, Michelle Quigg and me. 

We raised all the money ourselves to come five thousand miles to tell you adults you must change your ways. Coming here today, I have no hidden agenda. I am fighting for my future. Losing my future is not like losing an election or a few points on the stock market. I am here to speak for all generations to come.

I am here to speak on behalf of the starving children around the world whose cries go unheard.
I am here to speak for the countless animals dying across this planet because they have nowhere left to go.
I am afraid to go out in the sun now because of the holes in the ozone. I am afraid to breathe the air because I dont know what chemicals are in it.

And now we hear about animals and plants going extinct every day — vanishing forever. In my life, I have dreamt of seeing the great herds of wild animals, jungles and rainforests full of birds and butterflies, but now I wonder if they will even exist for my children to see. Did you have to worry about these little things when you were my age?

All this is happening before our eyes and yet we act as if we have all the time we want and all the solutions. Im only a child and I dont have all the solutions, but I want you to realise, neither do you!
1. You dont know how to fix the holes in our ozone layer
2. You dont know how to bring salmon back up a dead stream
3. You dont know how to bring back an animal now extinct
4. And you cant bring back forests that once grew where there is now desert

If you dont know how to fix it, please stop breaking it!

Here, you may be delegates of your governments, business people, organisers, reporters or politicians – but really you are mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles – and all of you are somebodys child.

Im only a child yet I know we are all part of a family, five billion strong, in fact, 30 million species strong.
Im only a child yet I know we are all in this together and should act as one single world towards one single goal.
In my anger, I am not blind, and in my fear, I am not afraid to tell the world how I feel.

In my country, we make so much waste, we buy and throw away, buy and throw away, and yet northern countries will not share with the needy. Even when we have more than enough, we are afraid to share, we are afraid to let go some of our wealth. And this is what one child told us: I wish I was rich and if I were, I would give all the street children food, clothes, medicine, shelter and love and affection.

If a child on the street who has nothing, is willing to share, why are we who have everything still so greedy?

I cant stop thinking that these children are my age, that it makes a tremendous difference where you are born, that I could be one of those children living in the Favellas of Rio; I could be a child starving in Somalia; a victim of war in the Middle East or a beggar in India.

Im only a child yet I know if all the money spent on war was spent on ending poverty and finding environmental answers, what a wonderful place this earth would be! At school, even in kindergarten, you teach us to behave in the world.

You teach us:
1. Not to fight with others, 
2. To work things out, 
3. To respect others, 
4. To clean up our mess, 
5. Not to hurt other creatures, 
6. To share – not be greedy
Then why do you go out and do the things you tell us not to do? Do not forget why youre attending these conferences, who youre doing this for — we are your own children. You are deciding what kind of world we will grow up in. Parents should be able to comfort their children by saying everythings going to be alright, its not the end of the world and were doing the best we can.

But I dont think you can say that to us anymore. Are we even on your list of priorities? My father always says “You are what you do, not what you say.”  Well, what you do makes me cry at night.

You grown ups say you love us. I challenge you; please make your actions reflect your words.
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Her father – David Suzuki- is an environmental activist and that is why Severn was inspired and spoke quite passionately about the pollution and destruction of our planet.

So, did anyone listen?

Peace & Blessings,
Lo (Enigmaress)

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2011 in Spirituality And Growth

 

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Just Forgive (Inspired By Mary Karen Read)

When deep injury is done to us…
We never recover until we FORGIVE.
Forgiveness does not change the PAST
But it does enlarge the FUTURE.

~Mary Karen Read~
(Mary’s Final Journal Entry)
R.I.P

Peter Read, the father of Virginia Tech shooting victim Mary Karen Read, said he never intended to give a eulogy at her funeral Mass today at St. Mary’s of Sorrows Church in Fairfax. But the retired Air Force lieutenant colonel climbed to the lectern at the end of the hour-long service to read from one of his daughter’s notebooks. He had found it only that morning.

It was a little red, bound diary where the former Annandale High School student had written some of her favorite quotes on forgiveness.

When deep injury is done to us…
We never recover until we FORGIVE.
Forgiveness does not change the PAST
But it does enlarge the FUTURE.

~Mary Karen Read~
(Mary’s Final Journal Entry)
R.I.P

He read from the notebook, an entry his daughter had penned in February. “That was Mary’s message”

Peter Read said, “I just wanted to share it with all of you.”

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R.I.P to all those who perished in the VA Tech Massacre that took place on Monday, April 16, 2007.
This video was created by a student from UCF (from what I have gathered so far). The person who created this video was inspired by Mary Karen Read’s final journal entry about forgiveness. I am not sure who this person is but ALL credit goes to him/her for creating this video

Not forgiving someone
Is like drinking poison
And expecting the other person to die.
~unknown~

When deep injury is done to us.
We never recover until we FORGIVE.
~Alan Paton~
South African Writer and Educator,1903-1988)

Forgiveness does not change the past,
But it does enlarge the future.
~Paul Boese~

The weak can never forgive.
Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
~Mahatma Gandhi~
(Indian Philosopher – 1869-1948)

Peace & Blessings,
Lo (Enigmaress)

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2011 in Spirituality And Growth

 

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Hey World (Dont Give Up)

Hey World (Dont Give Up) By Michael Franti & Spearhead

A Music Video from the Album ALL REBEL ROCKERS.
Directed By Michael Franti and Carla Swanson,
Produced by Stay Human Films.
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 Hey World (Dont Give Up) By Michael Franti & Spearhead Lyrics.

Tell me why the grass was greener,
Years ago I swear it used to grow here,
But no more here,
Tell me why on this hill,
All the birds they used to come to fly here.
Come to die here

And tell my why I need to know?
Sometimes I wish I didn’t have to know
All youve shown me

Hey world what you say?
Should I stick around for another day or two,
Don’t give up on me, I won’t give up on you,
Just believe in me like I believe in you.

Tell me why on the corner
All the kids that used to come to run here,
Load the guns here,
And tell me why it’s okay?
To kill in the name of the gods we pray,
Tell me who said it’s okay?
To die in the name of the lies we say,
Tell me why there’s child soldiers?
Tell me why they closed the borders?
Tell me how to fight disease?
Tell me now won’t you please?

The only thing I want to do,
Is to be in the arms of someone who believes in me,
Like I believe in you.

Hey world what you say X3
Should I stick around for another day or two
Don’t give up on me, I won’t give up on you
Just believe in me like I believe in you.

And I try try try try
I try try try try for you
Don’t give up on me
And I cry cry cry cry
I cry cry cry cry for you
Just believe in me
Like I believe in you
Hey world what you say X3
Should I stick around for another day or two
Don’t give up on me, I won’t give up on you
Just believe in me like I believe in you

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Peace & Blessings,
Lo (Enigmaress) 

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2011 in Art And Creativity, Spirituality And Growth

 

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