“Stones are very slow stories with secret memories of fire inside. If you just put a stone on a table it becomes an altar, and a temple appears around it.” John Tarrant



“Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? You do not lose your value or preciousness when you grow to be a adult. You are still that miraculous creation. You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.”

Pablo Casals

(This morning I got an email from someone trying to sell me a reprint of my high school yearbook ($100? I don’t think so.) which allowed me to scroll through some poorly scanned pages. I found my picture (I’d forgotten how handsome I was) and was able to see my senior quote (the highlighted portion above), which I had forgotten. I don’t know where I came by it, I was not as high minded and literate as it might suggest. I doubt I knew who Pablo Casals was.)

Imperfection is a beautiful thing: On Disability and Meditation

“We are all in such pain, trying to do the right thing, trying not to ask the wrong questions, trying to pretend everything is okay. If we need anything in this world it is honest seeing and speaking, and the ability to be with the actual truth (including flawed bodies, and flawed responses). That, to me, is love, and the actual heart of what meditative living is all about: realizing what actually is instead of being caught up and entranced by what we think would be better. Imperfection is the essence of being organic and alive. Organic life is vulnerable, it inevitably ends in disintegration. This is part of its beauty. True meditation delves into this mystery of life and death, discovering (not intellectually but experientially) how porous and momentary everything is.”
Joan Tollifson