Suzanne wanted to share some inspiration! 945322_10151443456011860_1811833729_n

“We might feel that somehow we should try to eradicate these feelings of pleasure and pain, loss and gain, praise and blame, fame and disgrace.  A more practical approach would be to get to know them, see how they hook us, see how they color our perception of reality, see how they aren’t all that solid.  Then the eight worldly dharmas become the means for growing wiser as well as kinder and more content.”

– from When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron

It happens all the time in heaven, and some day

It will begin to happen again on earth-

That men and women who are married,

and men and men who are lovers,

And women and women

who give each other light,

Often will get down on their knees

And while so tenderly

holding their lover’s hand,

With tears in their eyes,

will sincerely speak, saying,

“My dear,

how can I be more loving to you;

How can I be more kind?”

– from The Subject Tonight is Love by Hafiz

tr: Daniel Landinsky

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How to build community by Suzanne

Be bold

reach out beyond distraction and

the trance of consumption

step out of your comfort zone

Celebrate the life force in each other

Invoke the sacred

Ask deep questions

Magnetize playmates

Risk being silly, boring or even dangerous

create opportunities to work and play together

move beyond self interest, fear, judgement

ask how you might serve

step into play, prayer and support

mark the passages of your lives

build, create or save something

ask for help and ideas

co create

Make rituals that matter and help with real problems

be a poet trust your voice

feel the rhythm

release the inner critic

celebrate diversity

sing, dance, eat and pray together

improvise

create a place to gather

ask more questions

listen to the answers

fix what you can

contribute to the larger vision

hold the ones in pain, dance when the joy comes

breathe life into life

tell your own stories – they are better than the stories on TV

embrace the wild mystery…participate!!

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