The sun and the moon

Everybody has a little bit of the sun and moon in them…..We have a universe within ourselves that mimics the universe outside. None of us are just black or white, or never wrong and always right. No one. No one exists without polarities.

Everybody has good and bad forces working with them, against them, and within them.

Suzy Kassem, 1975 – American Poet, Rise Up and Salute the Sun

Allowing each and every thing

The point here is to take life in all its rich variety just as it is, with its ten thousand opposites,

and to go along with whatever circumstances require, embracing things after their own inclination or according to chance,

letting things be, rather than getting in their way, and thus allowing each and every thing, each and every appearance, to pursue a meaning and purpose distinct from my own.

Totsudo Kato, 1870 – 1949, Japanese writer


Whenever we are between here and there,

whenever one thing has ended and we are waiting for the next thing to begin,

whenever we’re tempted to distract ourselves or look for an escape route

we can instead let ourselves be open, curious, tentative, vulnerable

Pema Chodron


For Saint Patrick’s Day, an old Irish prayer, simple but profound in its wisdom on the mindful use of speech

A Íosa, Mhic Dé, a bhí ciúin os comhair Phioláit, ná lig dúinn ár dteanga a luascadh gan smaoineadh ar cad tá againn le rá agus conas é a rá.

O Jesus, Son of God,
who was silent before Pilate,
don’t let our tongues wag
without thinking about what we have to say
and how to say it.