“Prayer to Persephone” — Edna St. Vincent Millay

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The Mystery of Animals

“This is my favorite photo in the world – me and Linus, born to a dairy cow and ordered to be killed when the farmer saw he was a male (and thus useless in the dairy industry). A compassionate individual intervened, and he was brought to a sanctuary. I met him when he was a few days old and 60 pounds, and he would always try to sit on my lap. Today, 7 years young and 1500 pounds, he still tries to sit on my lap.”

– Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

“Animals have emotions, but they are theirs, not ours. I see in [them] a profound need for connection, for human connection. It calms and guides and grounds them. It is not a treat or a passing desire, but, I think a visceral and ancient and instinctive need. It has to do with what we feel and project, with food, with comfort and attention.  An exchange of emotions, rather than an exchange of language, which they do not possess.

I know something about our end of love with animals, but I bow to the mystery of animals and acknowledge that I do not know what goes through heads. And that is a good place for me to stop. I love the magic and mystery of animals. I love what I do not know. They have alien minds, and I do not know how far I will get in my life to really understanding them. I admit freely that I do not know, and I hope most of the time that I never know.”
– Rescue worker at Bedlam Farm

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On Zen Meditation

If you want to cease your confusion, you must cease your involvement in good and bad.

From “Zazen Yojinki: Notes on What To Be Aware of in Zazen” by Keizan Jokin (from The Art of Just Sitting, Wisdom Publications, 2004)
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Water and waves are not separate; motion and stillness are not different.

— From “Zazen Yojinki: Notes on What To Be Aware of in Zazen” by Keizan Jokin (from The Art of Just Sitting, Wisdom Publications, 2004)
Photo Credit: Lucy Cheung
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To Know the Dark

To go in the dark with a light is to know the light.
To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,
and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings,
and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.

Wendell Berry
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En Bateau (detail)
Caspar David Friedrich, 1814

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Heaven Below

(Emily Dickinson)
Who has not found the Heaven – below –
Will fail of it above –
For Angels rent the House next ours,
Wherever we remove –

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