“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”—Louise Erdrich (The Painted Drum)
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless—it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.”—C.S. Lewis
This is Swami Sivananda. He is a papa/grandpapa/greatgrandpapa to many swamis far and wide…
One of his disciple Swamis asked, “When you see a movie, what is the most important thing?” We answered, “the characters!”, “the plot!”, “the scene?” The Swami replied, “The screen. Without the screen you have nothing to project the movie upon.”
In the Sivananda yoga tradition, this is a classic. I remember when I learned this, that I didn’t like how the Swami knew the answer but let us guess like little kids. This explanation did though, make an impression on me.
Now, in my own confusion I like imagining the simplicity and cleanliness of an open space, a blank screen, and of something that never changes itself, but change happens upon it. Its like contemplating infinity, seeing beyond the stars, or looking into deep water. A very small and very big feeling all at once. (via livingroomyoga)
“Y yo estoy aqui borracho y loco
Y mi corazon idiota siempre brillará
Y yo te amaré
Te amaré por siempre
Nena no te peines en la cama
Que los viajantes
Se van a atrasar”—Lamento Boliviano, Enanitos Verdes
so I realized this big problem I have, my laptop can't read CDs because it hates me and no CDs will actually go into it without coming out scratched like crazy. Could I possibly meet with you and have you transfer the rosetta stone levels into my laptop or onto my portable hard drive(only works on macbooks) lol all my technology despises me
Sure Yamira, I can bring my external hard drive with the RS french levels. Right now I can Mon, Wed, Fri and weekends, but let me know when you and we can arrange something. -Francisco
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.