"I can disagree with your opinion, but I can’t disagree with your experience. And once I have a sense of your experience, you and I are in relationship, acknowledging the complexity in each other’s position, listening less guardedly. The difference in our opinions will probably remain intact, but it no longer defines what is possible between us."
—Krista Tippett, Becoming Wise
"When I speak of the spiritual, I refer to the recognition within everyone that there is a place of mystery in our lives where forces that are beyond human desire or will alter circumstances and/or guide and direct us. I call these forces 'divine spirit.' When we choose to lead a spirit-filled life, we recognize and celebrate the presence of transcendent spirits."
cooking recipes from childhood with chosen family.
an act of acknowledging your past, but honoring the reciprocal love you have in the present.
say goodnight to every inanimate object in your bedroom before falling asleep. like higher beings intended.
The freedom to create is a fruit of personal growth and evolution. In the creative life cycle we pass through at least three stages: Innocence (or discovery), experience (or the fall), and integration (or rejuvenation or mastery). Birth, blockage, and breakthrough. This passage is not, of course, a single and straight line; developmental phases are complexly shifting and interlooping throughout our lives. (p. 191)
“Let’s throw this pebble into the water, it may not go far in the beginning, but it will ripple out.”
G.Y.: How is the poverty of today different?
b.h.: Let’s face it, one of the things white people gave us when they gave us integration was full access to the tormenting reality of desire, and the expectation of constant consumption. So part of the difference of poverty today is this sort of world of fantasy — fantasizing that you’ll win the lottery, fantasizing that money will come. I always cling to Lorraine Hansberry’s mama saying in “A in Raisin in the Sun,” “Since when did money become life?” I think that with the poverty of my growing up that I lived with and among, we were always made to feel like money is not what life is all about. That’s the total difference for everyone living right now, because most people in our culture believe money is everything. That is the big tie, the connecting tie to black, white, Hispanic, native people, Asian people — the greed and the materialism that we all invest in and share.