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26 Jan
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Never Any More Than There Is Right Now

right-nowIn the first talk our little “Sampler” group will listen to next month, Lila Wheeler offers this quote from Walt Whitman, which I pass on here to you:

Stop this day and night with me and you shall possess the origin of all poems…

You shall no longer take things at second or third hand….

nor look through the eyes of the dead….

There will never be any more perfection than there is right now;

any more heaven or hell than there is right now.


The title of Lila’s talk is Joy and Gladdening. You can listen to it here. 


22 Jan
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Rarer, More Difficult, More Beautiful

beautiful-joyIn anticipation of our first Sampler Retreat: Joy on the Path, I offer:

“Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation.” — Andre Gide