I don’t know why they wanted to leave the rhinoceros at my house.
I was raking up some leaves from the dirt when the woman in the blue and white striped sweater drove her sports car into my flower bed. She told me I had to take the rhino, but I was confused and angry that her red sports car was in my planter. I told her I don’t take rhinos, take it to the zoo, but she just kept arguing with me. So I started throwing dirt in her car and yelling at her, and then her friends started in, and I tossed some dirt at them too. I finally got through to her boyfriend, and he said, oh, yeah, we’re supposed to go to the zoo.
I wish I had just taken the damn rhino. I don’t know why they were so afraid of him.
He who knows how to live can walk abroad
Without fear of rhinoceros or tiger.
He will not be wounded in battle.
For in him rhinoceroses can find no place to thrust their horn,
Tigers can find no place to use their claws,
And weapons no place to pierce.
Why is this so? Because he has no place for death to enter.
– Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – chapter 50
1:42 am • 23 July 2014
“And so goeth Western protagonists, all of whom long to go home, escape the strange realms in which they find themselves, be they Dante or Dorothy. Their longing for home is a chief virtue, their rejection of the fantastic in favor of Kansas or Italy a valiant stance in the face of the forces of the Other, the false world, the shadows in the Platonic cave…..You must choose this world. Those who do not are beyond redemption.”
— Catherynne Valente, “Choose Life”
5:12 pm • 12 July 2014
“What psychoanalysis, at its best, does is cure you of your wish to know yourself in that coherent, narrative way. The trouble is that we use knowing in bits of our lives where it doesn’t work, or where it’s actually not the point.”
— Adam Phillips (via psychotherapy)
9:48 am • 9 July 2014 • 153 notes
What is it that we seek
In all these other worlds?
Is it just to escape
The mundane parts of life?
Or is it to break the rules —
At least for a little while
At least in our minds.
We enter these alternate realities
And admire their creators —
Maybe even hope to make
Worlds of our own one day
They give us new ideas
And play out our fantasies —
Safe little games of fiction.
But where is the guidebook
For those of us who really
Want to change the world —
Not just imagine what we want
But make it real — “make it so”
Not just to make a nice world
In our heads, but in reality?
The hero’s journey is always hard —
To fight the things that are wrong
That everyone else seems to accept.
What they never tell you is that
The hardest part is coming back
To the real world, after you’ve seen
The peace and beauty of your own soul.
9:40 am • 8 July 2014
"That we go numb along the way is to be expected. Even the bravest among us, who give their lives to care for others, go numb with fatigue, when the heart can take in no more, when we need time to digest all we meet. Overloaded and overwhelmed, we start to pull back from the world, so we can internalize what the world keeps giving us. Perhaps the noblest private act is the unheralded effort to return: to open our hearts once they’ve closed, to open our souls once they’ve shied away, to soften our minds once they’ve been hardened by the storms of our day.”
―Mark Nepo, “Hearing the Cries of the World” from our summer 2013 issue (which happened to be our 150th issue of Parabola.
Read Nepo’s essay here.
Photography Credit: Fernando Lemos
9:35 am • 8 July 2014 • 222 notes
Anonymous among strangers
I look for those
with hidden wings,
and for scars
that those who once had wings
from Mon Semblable
4:15 am • 6 July 2014
“There are no perfect human beings. Persons can be found who are good, very good indeed, in fact, great. There do in fact exist creators, seers, sages, and saints. Even if they are uncommon and do not come by the dozen. And yet these very same people can at times be boring, irritating, petulant, selfish, angry, or depressed. To avoid disillusionment with human nature, we must first give up our illusions about it.”
— Abraham Maslow
2:26 am • 3 July 2014 • 5 notes
They will ask you
what have you produced.
Say to them,
except for Love,
what else can a Lover produce?
1:29 pm • 2 July 2014 • 23 notes
“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
4:18 pm • 20 May 2014 • 31 notes
“Don’t let us forget that the causes of human actions are usually immeasurably more complex and varied than our subsequent explanations of them.”
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Idiot (via rabbitinthemoon)
8:44 am • 18 May 2014 • 392 notes
“Once you start to awaken, no one can ever claim you again for the old patterns. Now you realise how precious your time here is. You are no longer willing to squander your essence on undertakings that do not nourish your true self; your patience grows thin with tired talk and dead language. You see through the rosters of expectation which promise you safety and the confirmation of your outer identity. Now you are impatient for growth, willing to put yourself in the way of change. You want your work to become an expression of your gift. You want your relationship to voyage beyond the pallid frontiers to where the danger of transformation dwells.”
— via The Question Holds The Lantern | John O’Donohue.
5:39 am • 30 April 2014
“Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but “steal” some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.”
— Albert Camus, from “Notebooks, 1951-1959”
6:51 am • 21 April 2014 • 9 notes
“When you plant seeds in the garden, you don’t dig them up every day to see if they have sprouted yet. You simply water them and clear away the weeds; you know that the seeds will grow in time. Similarly, just do your daily practice and cultivate a kind heart. Abandon impatience and instead be content creating the causes for goodness; the results will come when they’re ready.”
— Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron (via pill0whead)
6:37 am • 17 April 2014 • 7,079 notes