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159. on picking your nose

a sometimes irresistible urge

at times unconscious

we have been told a million times not to do it

yet, sooner or later, we all fall to temptation

just because the finger fits the hole, doesn’t mean you have to stick it in there

it’s hard to grow up


153. san francisco national cemetery

life

a metaphor of our own

as the fleeting butterfly beats its own wings

so does the heaving chest expand and contract

moving the same air

in and out

sending it forth

all the triumphs, all the failures

in, out

let them all be sources of wonder

every thought

every feeling

every moment

let it be

 

 


140. sunset in alamo square

sunrise, sunset

sun rises, yet again

a beautiful gift, one more day

one more time

one more chance

one more gift we receive to give love

to live life

what a blessing

what a miracle it is

that we get to live every single day

one more time

use this gift

make love, give love, be love


138. gandhi

whenever you think your task at hand is too overwhelming, remember gandhi

he did not stop at words, concepts or theories

turning thought into action

he set his intentions on peace, freedom, rights and equality for all

through the tools of satyagraha – holding on to the truth, and ahimsa – nonviolence

he moved the hearts and minds of countless beings, opening the world’s eyes to remind us of the oneness of everything

let us remember we are all one

as such, let us be only love

have only love to give and receive

in mahatma’s words, let us be the change that we want to see in the world


132. create

seek to consciously be with your creation

you are always creating

you are a creator, whether you intend to or not

consciously or subconsciously, you are creating your world around you

seek your art, discover it, work it, explore it, share it, give it to the world

do not let yourself be stopped by obstacles

distractions and diversions will always be there

pour your love into your creation

let your light shine and let it be a guiding force for you and everyone around you


130. park(ing) day 2010

last friday, communities all over the world gathered around to put people first, cars second

we took two parking spots, and made a public park for a day, with picnic benches, plants, balloons, laid back chairs, people and pizza

biking back home that day, i stumbled on this beautiful metaphor of a parking spot

a red sports car, covered in earth and grass, with a pig playing on top

imagine the possibilities

imagine the beauty that our cities could bring to our life

if instead of being surrounded by ominous machines, having our sidewalks embraced by grass, benches and art coming to our soul’s rescue.

to see our park(ing) spots, go here


127. off the deep end

there is a time for everything in this life

most times are for being balanced, safe and sound, warm dry land underneath your feet

yet every now and then comes a time for diving on to the cold water, into the unknown

if you have an open heart and mind, these are the times that help you grow

to be fearless and lovefull

taking the leap, steadfast in your love, in the present moment, at one with all

being truth, light and joy

these times, when anyone else would just but see darkness and cold, are the moments when you illuminate and thus bring light into this world


126. labor day

today is a day for fun, rest and relaxation.

for some people.

others, like don beto, are pushing their ice cream trucks up and down dolores park in hopes of a few dollar bills to send back to their family.

let us not just enjoy and be thankful for this beautiful day, but also remember those less fortunate who do not have the luxury to spend it in leisure, with friends and family.

as we go back to our daily jobs, let us work towards a day where poverty, hunger and ignorance are no longer part of anyone’s daily life.

let us love one another like we love our own.

let us share and care for one another.

let us remember that we are all one.

let your love shine and fill this world with brightness.


123. flora

a beautiful metaphor of life, the flower.

starts out as nothing, until the plant senses that conditions are perfect.

it then quickly unravels, an explosion of aroma, texture, color and shape.

twisting and curving, shining like the sun, a gift to this world.

the flower is a universe that mediates the union of male and female to reproduce.

and, like all life on this planet, it comes, it grows, it blooms, and it dies.


121. language

how do we communicate?

we attempt to use numbers and figures, words and symbols.

but only too often, these are the grounds for miscommunication, which leads to confusion, fear, hatred, violence.

how else can we understand one another?

the language of the heart is universal.

if we could all tune in to our hearts and learn to love each other as one, communication would be easy.

a compassionate smile can say and do more than all the words the mind has ever created.