Monday, May 3, 2010

My Tribe

This morning I feel like writing but there are no thoughts in my head ... or at least none clamoring for space on the page or that seem worth writing about.  So, I've turned to My Tribe for stimulation.  My Tribe is a diverse lot including my blog sisters who constantly stimulate and inform me.  For instance, this morning Louise at Recover Your Joy asks in a witty and serious post, "Where's the elephant in your life?"  I know I need to stop and contemplate that question but it feels like too much on this lovely, sunny morning.

My Tribe also includes the Steller's Jay who screeched on the picnic table outside my window, demanding some sort of fruit stuff and then didn't even say thanks when I obliged him with some wrinkly grapes.  And also the dog barking in the distance, barking his loneliness and dissatisfaction into an unresponding world.

But My Tribe also includes the wisdom of the present and the ages.  Over the past 30 years or so I have collected quotes.  It's actually the only thing I collect and I lost them for awhile.  Too many computer changes and a decision that I was "done" with quotes ... so they sat dormant on a CD while I went on my way.  Several months ago I discovered the CD and realized I hungered for their wisdom.  So, a technogeek waved his magic wand and suddenly they were back ... like a long lost friend.

This morning here is some of the wisdom My Tribe shared:
“Be realistic. Plan for a miracle.”
-- Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

"Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it."
-- The Buddha

The old storytellers of Native America tell us --
 "The real power of the story is that as you tell it,
it begins to happen;
Human beings live by stories.
Whatever the story is you tell yourself -- consciously or unconsciously--
That is the life you will bring forth; --
Choose your stories carefully;
Choose your stories consciously; --
Choose wisely the image --
The story, you will bring forth and give birth to.
  -- Lakota Sioux
The story that I tell myself today is that I am connected to the wisdom of the ages.  If I open my eyes, my heart and my mind, that wisdom flows into me and then out into the world.  I am a wisdom channel ... I only need to keep the channel clean and free of my own fears and distortions.

Thanks, Tribe!


  1. You sat down and you wrote this. And, as Julia Cameron might say, that's what it's all about, this doing of writing. She said it more eloquently: "Writing is the act of a listening heart."

    There's a wonderful interview with poet Mark Nepo at Three Intentions. Nepo also posted there today his stunning poem "Transformation".

    Hugs to you!

  2. And.... elephants are okay. They're real. They're substantial and they can be playful and they can fly!

    blessings to you my friend.

    Enjoy the easiness of your day, live it up in the moment of feeling your pleasure and comfort cascading out into the world all around you!