You are too big for your skin

A must see video by local artist Desdamona. I’ve seen her perform live—her spoken word is sublime…her lyrics are strong, powerful and memorable.  This is my fave.


The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

“He told Yogi Krishnan of his hunger for wealth and obsession with work. He revealed, with great emotion, his inner turmoil and the crisis of spirit he had experienced when the once bright light of his life began to flicker in the winds of an out-of-balance lifestyle.”

“I too have walked this path,my friend. I too have felt the pain you have felt. Yet I have learned that everything happens for a reason, ” offered Yogi Krishnan sympathetically. “Every event has a purpose and every setback its lesson. I have realized that failure, whether of the personal , professional or even spiritual kind, is essential to personal expansion. It brings inner growth and a whole host of psychic rewards. Never regret your past. Rather, embrace it as the teacher that it is.”   -excerpt from “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” by Robin Sharma

You think today

It doesn’t matter that the road’s been rough, that you now have challenges, or that uncertainties loom on the horizon.

None of these change the fact that for every thought you think today, worlds will come tumbling into existence. For every word you speak, legions will be called into action. And for every step you take, matter will be drawn from the ether.
Jeez –
The Universe

What is Numinous?

A friend posed this question to me  when I told her I was studying Freud and Jung all weekend.

She asked me “hey, who was it that first discussed “numinosity”.

“hhhhmm.” i replied, followed it with my three favorite words “i don’t know”…and off i went to google.  Here’s what I found on what’s now an intriguing journey…...numinosity:

“In ancient, and more recent, times Earth was thought of and identified as a spiritual entity. Everything was believed to have come from this entity, which was worshiped as the Divine, or the Divine principle. This principle was within everything that it had created or bore, which included the universe, earth, and all things within. Early people felt no isolation from the cosmos as many feel today; no, they felt emotionally tied to the cosmos and everything within. Their existence as well as the existence of the universe, earth, and everything within was considered sacred because it all had come from the Divine.”

Read the full version here. It’s interesting.

And this from Wikipedia…also interesting:

Numinous (pronounced /ˈnjuːmɨnəs/) is a term coined by German theologian Rudolf Otto to describe that which is wholly other. The numinous is the mysterium tremendum et fascinans that leads in different cases to belief in deities, the supernatural, the sacred, the holy, and the transcendent.

Numinous was an important concept in the writings of Carl Jung and C. S. Lewis.

It may be viewed as “the intense feeling of unknowingly knowing that there is something which cannot be seen.” This “knowing” can “befall” or overcome a person at any time and in any place — in a cathedral; next to a silent stream; on a lonely road; early in the morning or in the face of a beautiful sunset. Similarly unpleasant or frightening scenes or experiences can lead to a sense of an unseen presence of ghosts, evil spirits or a general sense of the presence of evil. Visions or hallucinations of god, gods, the devil or devils can also happen. The idea is not necessarily a religious one: noted atheist Christopher Hitchens has discussed the importance of separating the numinous from the supernatural.[2]

What are the statistics that statistics class will be called off tomorrow?

We are in the midst of our March  blast of Minnesota ice and snow. So beautiful, intense and treturous and a crisp reminder that we are not yet to the awakening of spring. I enjoy the deep breaths of clean crisp air–grateful to be alive, employed and awakened….and take very little and careful steps secretly hoping stats class is called off tomorrow morning due to the weather.


so….What is Love?

The story is that a group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, ‘What does love mean?’ Whether this is true or not these answers are pretty special.

‘When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.’    Rebecca- age 8

‘When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.’   Billy – age 4

‘Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and
they go out and smell each other.’   Karl – age 5

‘Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.’   Chrissy – age 6

‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’   Terri – age 4

‘Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.’   Danny – age 7

‘Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss’    Emily – age 8

‘Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.’   Bobby – age 7 (Wow!)

‘If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,’   Nikka – age 6    (we need a few million more Nikka’s on this planet)

‘Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.’ Noelle – age 7

‘Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.’   Tommy – age 6

‘During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.’   Cindy – age 8

‘My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.’  Clare – age 6

‘Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.’  Elaine-age 5

‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.’    Chris – age 7

‘Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day..’   Mary Ann – age 4

‘I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and b uy new ones.’   Lauren – age 4

‘When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.’ (what an image)   Karen – age 7

‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.’   Mark – age 6

‘You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.’    Jessica – age 8

And the final one was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.

When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, ‘Nothing, I just helped him cry’




One of my fave films:

Mindwalk 1990 A film for passionate thinkers

A US politician (Sam Waterston) visits his poet friend (John Heard) in Mont. St. Michael, France. While walking through the medieval island discussing their philosophies of life they happen upon Sonja (Liv Ullman), a scientist in recluse, who joins in their conversation. The two men listen to the ideas of this brilliant woman and discuss how her ideas can work in their own politician and poet lives.

December 10th is Human Rights Day

For those of you who are not aware of it, December 10th is Human Rights Day. Sixty years ago, Eleanor Roosevelt managed to create the miraculous: she shepherded a human rights document through an all male committee from countries all over the world, which specifically included women and children as beneficiaries of the declaration. In the historical context, it was remarkable since women did not have the “listening” that they have now, especially those women who were in the very, very rare leadership positions. Below is an abridged version of the UDHR and request that you educate people in your world about them. It is a foundational declaration that belongs to all of us.
Please join me in educating your originating circles about the miraculous document.
Happy Human Rights Day (yesterday)

Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Adopted and proclaimed by General Assembly Resolution 217 on Dec. 10, 1948, drafted by a committee headed by Eleanor Roosevelt; re-affirmed by all the governments of the world in 1993:

1. Every person is born free and equal in dignity and rights.
2. Every person has human rights regardless of race, sex, language, belief
or religion.
3. Every person has the right to life, liberty and security.
4. Slavery and the slave trade are prohibited.
5. No person shall be subjected to torture.
6. Every person has the right to recognition as a person before the law.
7. All persons are entitled to equal protection before the law.
8. Every person is entitled to the aid of law when not treated fairly.
9. No person shall be subjected to arbitrary detention.
10. Every person is entitled to an impartial hearing.
11. Every person shall be considered innocent until proven guilty.
12. Every person has the right to protection of his or her privacy.
13. Every person has the right to travel freely within a country and to
leave and return to his or her country.
14. Every person has the right to asylum from persecution.
15. Every person has the right to a nationality.
16. All adults have the right to marry of their own free will and to found a
17. Every person has the right to own property.
18. Every person has the right to freedom of religion.
19. Every person has the right to freedom of opinion and expression.
20. Every person has the right to freedom of personal assembly and
21. Every person has the right to take part in the government of his or her
22. Every person has economic, social and cultural rights.
23. Every person has the right to work, to just pay, and to form and join
24. Every person has the right to rest and leisure.
25. Every person has the right to an adequate standard of living.
26. Every person has the right to an education.
27. Every person has the right to participate in cultural activities and
benefit from scientific advancement.
28. Every person is entitled to a social order in which these human rights
can be realized.
29. Every person has duties to the democratic society according to the law.
30. No person can take away these rights and freedoms.


Jessie Jackson

This made me chuckle this morning.  My daily inspiration email quote this a.m.:

Today’s Quote:

Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up.

-Jesse Jackson

I guess that’s what Jessie Jackson was thinking as he told his radio station mate “Obama’s **** should be cut off”, thinking the microphone was turned off.