What Poetry Does

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“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.” — T. S. Eliot

“Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.” — Carl Sandburg

“Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.” — Novalis

“The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That’s what poetry does.” — Allen Ginsberg

“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.” — Albert Einstein

“Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.” — Vincent Van Gogh

“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.” — Plutarch

“Poetry remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art.” — Jorge Luis Borges

“Poetry is not a matter of feelings, it is a matter of language. It is language which creates feelings.” — Umberto Eco

“The sources of poetry are in the spirit seeking completeness.” — Muriel Rukeyser

“Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness.” — Alice Walker

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The Power of Dan Harris & Rich Roll

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Rich Roll interviewing Dan Harris on his podcast:

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Dan Harris interviewing Rich Roll on his podcast:

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Having Never Really Lived

Dalai Lama quote

Having Never Really Lived

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This One

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I love good quotes. I love sharing them and stumbling upon them, and finding them buried in text as I read.

This week I shared a Seneca quote with my friend that kept echoing in my mind.

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”

I kept wanting to reread it. And sit with it.

Everyone has challenges. Obstacles come and go. There’s always something that needs work.

But for me it’s really mental. Everything is in my head. Life is really perfect as it is, yet I — key word,  I — am making things difficult. Why?

I have to ask myself: Where am I stuck/challenged in my mind? Why am I making things more difficult for myself by holding on to old thought patterns? How can I completely release my outdated and unhelpful paradigms?

After I wrote those questions, I felt like I should be asking better questions. But those are the questions coming out of my current paradigm and mindset. Ha! Do you see the pickle I’m in?

A few minutes after I wrote the above text, I found this video:

And then this one:

I’m sure I’ll find lots more on the topic, but this is a good start.

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Christoph Niemann: Abstract Sunday

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All artwork by @AbstractSunday, Christoph Niemann on Instagram

avocado art

beach art

abstract sunday art

bagel art

thinking art

Christoph Niemann art

Christoph Niemann

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Can’t Get Enough

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vegan meal

fat free fries

baby carrots

chia pudding

I love looking at Loni Jane‘s food pics.

Her diet is so colorful, her lifestyle is so gorgeous — plus she does her own photography and loves sharing her plant-based recipes. It’s a win win for everyone. Thanks, Loni!

All photography is by @lonijane on Instagram

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acai smoothie bowl

vegan sushi

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veggie soup

fresh juice

watermelon salad

 

 

vegan ice cream

avocado toast

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Another Batch of Poetry

Another Batch of Poetry

I’m still having a blast sending my good friend daily poems. Just super-simple ones, loosely based on a haiku style (which limits syllables used). I decided to share another back with you. Just for fun.

Jan. 3rd, 2018

Don’t explain. Just be
Others will understand you
Or they won’t. No mind

Dec. 18th, 2017

Have you seen the sun?
Find a roof top. Sit there. Rest
Monday, during lunch

Dec. 15th, 2017

Don’t rush. Take your time
Morning only happens once
All moments — just once

Dec. 11th, 2017

The key to life is…
in the breath. Simply the breath
Look no further. Breathe

Dec. 4th, 2017

Wow! That’s fabulous
Oh no! That’s terrible news
Instead: Ahhh… grateful

Nov. 30th, 2017

Why hesitate? Go!
Why dream? Because you are alive!
Why risk? To be agog!

Nov. 28th, 2017

Don’t get too caught up
You aren’t time, mind or body
Nor opinions — phew!

Nov. 27th, 2K07

To have and have not
Good luck or bad luck — which one?
Depends on the mind

Nov. 21st, 2017

Try not to speak — pause
Listen first, so the words can…
cascade, dance and sing

Nov. 14th, 2017

Upside down feeling…
…in my belly from courage
Go! Do something new

Nov. 10th, 2017

Door locked, door open
Which one are you? Do you know?
The wind will tell you

Super-cool winter artwork credit belongs to Anne Storno

If you want to see my previous batch of poems, click here

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