In the struggle
between the stone and water,
the water wins.
In all likelihood, the environmental crises we will encounter in the coming decades and probably centuries will bring great upheavals and immense suffering. It is all so hard to wrap one’s mind around because the problem is unprecedented in magnitude. At the same time, we have the whole history of human wisdom to draw upon in making our choices and taking action. The defining question of our age will be how we meet the calamities we will face, and how we will act to mitigate them and find our virtue in confronting them. The stakes couldn’t be higher, yet as human beings, we are not only expert in creating misery, we are also expert in working to resolve it. Both legacies, and the ability to choose which to follow, belong to us.
– James Shaheen, “Choosing Wisdom in the Face of Peril”
“There are people who advocate and practice compassionate listening, there are those who embrace voluntary simplicity, who remove the calluses from their hearts and keep them open to feel the pains of others. Seek them out, I urge you, and join them in their compassion.”
~ Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalom
what have i done that i should wake with
breath filling my lungs?
what have i done that i should feel the
warm sun kiss my back,
the cool breeze tease across
what have i done that i my feet should
walk upon this earth and
feel its strong embrace,
holding each step?
what have i done to hear the
songs of birds or
see the dedicated work of
bees and ants?
to find comfort in
to dream in
what have i done to know friendship and
in the deepest places of my heart, that
it has no choice but
to sing its song to every cell in
that too has been
made of so many other little bodies in
this shared Life?
this shared Life.
it is all Gift.
November 28, 2013
Thanksgiving & Hanukkah