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An Ode to Dr. Wayne Dyer, plus Three Quotes and a Brief Video…


“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”

“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”

“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.”

An Ode to Dr. Wayne Dyer
I’ve read a few of your books,
which I first stumbled upon some years ago
in a used book store.
Your work,
along with Deepak and other contemporaries,
changed me.
For the better.
Your voice and face seemed so familiar,
on TV.
I saw you speak in Toronto,
at an “I Can Do It!” conference.
I had plans on seeing you again,
this time in New York,
this fall,
ironically, on my birthday.
Another “I Can Do It!”
Well you did it, Wayne.
You inspired countless people.
You’ve changed lives.
You, yourself overcame adversity.
And now you did it again,
you made the great transition.
So on my birthday this fall,
I will think of you,
I will thank you,
as I do now.
Godspeed Wayne,
you did it.

One pic and two quotes…

So a couple things. One is that this photo and the quotes below have nothing to do with each other except that I find them truly inspiring (so in a way I suppose they do have something in common). Anyhow, the pic above was taken yesterday just after it rained…I was on a walk and looked up and there it was. The only camera I had with me at the time was my cellphone. And here’s the photo.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

~Mahatma Gandhi

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

~Mark Twain

Urban Simplicity.

One pic and two quotes…

So a couple things. One is that this photo and the quotes below have nothing to do with each other except that I find them truly inspiring (so in a way I suppose they do have something in common). Anyhow, the pic above was taken yesterday just after it rained…I was on a walk and looked up and there it was. The only camera I had with me at the time was my cellphone. And here’s the photo.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
~Mahatma Gandhi

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”
~Mark Twain

Urban Simplicity.

Five or eleven quotes from Alan Watts…

Alan Wilson Watts
6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973

“The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”

“Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.”

“Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.”

“This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”

“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.”

“You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.”

“You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing.”

“I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.”

“Try to imagine what it will be like to go to sleep and never wake up… now try to imagine what it was like to wake up having never gone to sleep.”

“Things are as they are. Looking out into the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.”

“When we attempt to exercise power or control over someone else, we cannot avoid giving that person the very same power or control over us.”

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Five or Eight Quotes from Harvey Milk…

May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978

“All men are created equal. Now matter how hard they try, they can never erase those words. That is what America is about.”

 “I know that you cannot live on hope alone, but without it, life is not worth living. And you…And you…And you…Gotta give em hope.” 

“It takes no compromise to give people their rights…it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.”

“Politics is theater. It doesn’t matter if you win. You make a statement. You say, “I’m here, pay attention to me”

“Hope is never silent.”

“The fact is that more people have been slaughtered in the name of religion than for any other single reason. That, that my friends, that is true perversion!”

“Rights are won only by those who make their voices heard.”

“Let me have my tax money go for my protection and not for my prosecution. Let my tax money go for the protection of me. Protect my home, protect my streets, protect my car, protect my life, protect my property…worry about becoming a human being and not about how you can prevent others from enjoying their lives because of your own inability to adjust to life.” 

Urban Simplicity. 

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Five or Eight Quotes from Harvey Milk…

May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978
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“All men are created equal. Now matter how hard they try, they can never erase those words. That is what America is about.”

 “I know that you cannot live on hope alone, but without it, life is not worth living. And you…And you…And you…Gotta give em hope.” 

“It takes no compromise to give people their rights…it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.”

“Politics is theater. It doesn’t matter if you win. You make a statement. You say, “I’m here, pay attention to me”

“Hope is never silent.”

“The fact is that more people have been slaughtered in the name of religion than for any other single reason. That, that my friends, that is true perversion!”

“Rights are won only by those who make their voices heard.”

“Let me have my tax money go for my protection and not for my prosecution. Let my tax money go for the protection of me. Protect my home, protect my streets, protect my car, protect my life, protect my property…worry about becoming a human being and not about how you can prevent others from enjoying their lives because of your own inability to adjust to life.” 

Urban Simplicity. 

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Seven fading flowers and a quote…

As every flower fades and as all youth
Departs, so life at every stage,
So every virtue, so our grasp of truth,
Blooms in its day and may not last forever.
Since life may summon us at every age
Be ready, heart, for parting, new endeavor,
Be ready bravely and without remorse
To find new light that old ties cannot give.
In all beginnings dwells a magic force
For guarding us and helping us to live.

Serenely let us move to distant places
And let no sentiments of home detain us.
The Cosmic Spirit seeks not to restrain us
But lifts us stage by stage to wider spaces.
If we accept a home of our own making,
Familiar habit makes for indolence.
We must prepare for parting and leave-taking
Or else remain the slaves of permanence.

~Hermann Hesse

The Glass Bead Game

Urban Simplicity.

Seven fading flowers and a quote…

As every flower fades and as all youth
Departs, so life at every stage,
So every virtue, so our grasp of truth,
Blooms in its day and may not last forever.
Since life may summon us at every age
Be ready, heart, for parting, new endeavor,
Be ready bravely and without remorse
To find new light that old ties cannot give.
In all beginnings dwells a magic force
For guarding us and helping us to live.

Serenely let us move to distant places
And let no sentiments of home detain us.
The Cosmic Spirit seeks not to restrain us
But lifts us stage by stage to wider spaces.
If we accept a home of our own making,
Familiar habit makes for indolence.
We must prepare for parting and leave-taking
Or else remain the slaves of permanence.

~Hermann Hesse 
The Glass Bead Game

Urban Simplicity.

You are here…two photos, a few words, and ten quotes for Earth Day

Okay, so a couple things before the quotes. The above photo is from the Rover Curiosity on the surface of Mars looking at planet Earth. Does it make you feel small? It does me. The photo at the bottom of the page I took last night from my front porch. It’s of the moon, of course, and is zoomed in a cropped. When I took the photo both Venus and Mars were visible to the human eye. Amazing. I thought about the above photo while taking the below one. It helps me in a way…my stupid problems–which seem so paramount at times–and the never-ending thoughts that race around my head, are really so miniscule in the grand scheme of things. Not to sound morose, but it makes me remember that we are but a blip on the radar screen of time and life as we know it. These photos–and when I look in the sky–put things in perspective for me, it helps me appreciate the hear-and-now. But enough about what I think and feel, here’s the quotes…

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

“The only thing that scares me more than space aliens is the idea that there aren’t any space aliens. We can’t be the best that creation has to offer. I pray we’re not all there is. If so, we’re in big trouble.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
― John Muir

“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”
― Henry David Thoreau 

“I would request that my body in death be buried not cremated, so that the energy content contained within it gets returned to the earth, so that flora and fauna can dine upon it, just as I have dined upon flora and fauna during my lifetime”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there.”
― Gary Snyder

“Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.”
― Jacques-Yves Cousteau

“We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”
― David Brower

“What have they done to the earth? What have they done to our fair sister?
― Jim Morrison

“Waste is Criminal.”
― Kristin Cashore

Urban Simplicity.

Five or twelve quotes from Ram Dass…

Image found here.

 Born Richard Alpert 84 years ago today.

“We’re all just walking each other home.”

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”

“The most exquisite paradox… as soon as you give it all up, you can have it all. As long as you want power, you can’t have it. The minute you don’t want power, you’ll have more than you ever dreamed possible.”

“Be here now.”

“Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise.”

“Treat everyone you meet like God in drag.”

“The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal. It can’t be organized or regulated. It isn’t true that everyone should follow one path. Listen to your own truth.”

“What you meet in another being is the projection of your own level of evolution.”

“The next message you need is always right where you are.”

“We are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we are so deeply interconnected with one another.”

“It’s very different because the Indians live as if they are their souls and Americans live as if they are their egos.”

“Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your transformation.”

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Five or twelve quotes from Ram Dass…

Image found here.
 Born Richard Alpert 84 years ago today.
“We’re all just walking each other home.”
“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”
“The most exquisite paradox… as soon as you give it all up, you can have it all. As long as you want power, you can’t have it. The minute you don’t want power, you’ll have more than you ever dreamed possible.”
“Be here now.”
“Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise.” 
“Treat everyone you meet like God in drag.” 
“The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal. It can’t be organized or regulated. It isn’t true that everyone should follow one path. Listen to your own truth.”
“What you meet in another being is the projection of your own level of evolution.” 
“The next message you need is always right where you are.” 
“We are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we are so deeply interconnected with one another.” 
“It’s very different because the Indians live as if they are their souls and Americans live as if they are their egos.” 
“Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your transformation.”
 More five quotes.

Five or Nine Quotes from Marian Wright Edelman

Image Credit Nikki Kahn

“You really can change the world if you care enough.”

“Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree.”

“A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back-but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.”

“Failure is just another way to learn how to do something right.”

“Service is the rent we pay for living.”

“If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.”

“You were born God’s original. Try not to become someone’s copy.”

“If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much.”

“It’s time for greatness — not for greed. It’s a time for idealism — not ideology. It is a time not just for compassionate words, but compassionate action.”

Urban Simplicity.

Five or Nine Quotes from Marian Wright Edelman

Image Credit Nikki Kahn

“You really can change the world if you care enough.”

“Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree.”

“A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back-but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.”

“Failure is just another way to learn how to do something right.”

“Service is the rent we pay for living.”

“If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.”

“You were born God’s original. Try not to become someone’s copy.”

“If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much.”

“It’s time for greatness — not for greed. It’s a time for idealism — not ideology. It is a time not just for compassionate words, but compassionate action.”

Urban Simplicity.

Five or ten (or eleven) quotes from Thomas Merton…

Image Found Here.

Thomas Merton, January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968

Priest, mystic, monk, activist, writer, poet, and artist, Fr. Merton was a true renaissance man. He was friends with Thich Nhat Hanh, and the Dalai Lama, and a contemporary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Before his untimely death he penned a huge number of books pertaining to spirituality, poems, artwork, and an incredible and moving autobiography. His work continues to touch countless souls…including the one typing these words. I love the opening line to his autobiography, the Seven Story Mountain…“On the last day of January 1915, under the sign of the Water Bearer, in a year of a great war, and down in the shadows of some French mountains on the borders of Spain, I came into the world.”  Thomas Merton was born 100 years ago this month; to read more about him click here or here.

“Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience.”

“Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.”

“Just remaining quietly in the presence of God, listening to Him, being attentive to Him, requires a lot of courage and know-how.”

“Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul.”

“A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.” 

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

“I cannot make the universe obey me. I cannot make other people conform to my own whims and fancies. I cannot make even my own body obey me.”

“We stumble and fall constantly even when we are most enlightened. But when we are in true spiritual darkness, we do not even know that we have fallen.” 

“The man of faith who has never experienced doubt is not a man of faith.” 

“Perhaps I am stronger than I think.”

To read more in the Five Quotes series, click here.

Urban Simplicity. 

Five or ten (or eleven) quotes from Thomas Merton…

Image Found Here.
Thomas Merton, January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968

Priest, mystic, monk, activist, writer, poet, and artist, Fr. Merton was a true renaissance man. He was friends with Thich Nhat Hanh, and the Dalai Lama, and a contemporary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Before his untimely death he penned a huge number of books pertaining to spirituality, poems, artwork, and an incredible and moving autobiography. His work continues to touch countless souls…including the one typing these words. I love the opening line to his autobiography, the Seven Story Mountain…“On the last day of January 1915, under the sign of the Water Bearer, in a year of a great war, and down in the shadows of some French mountains on the borders of Spain, I came into the world.”  Thomas Merton was born 100 years ago this month; to read more about him click here or here.

“Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience.”

“Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.”

“Just remaining quietly in the presence of God, listening to Him, being attentive to Him, requires a lot of courage and know-how.”

“Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul.”

“A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.” 

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

“I cannot make the universe obey me. I cannot make other people conform to my own whims and fancies. I cannot make even my own body obey me.”

“We stumble and fall constantly even when we are most enlightened. But when we are in true spiritual darkness, we do not even know that we have fallen.” 

“The man of faith who has never experienced doubt is not a man of faith.” 

“Perhaps I am stronger than I think.”

To read more in the Five Quotes series, click here.
Urban Simplicity. 

Five or eleven quotes about darkness and light for the longest night…

First a quick note regarding this photo. I came across this on my hard-drive today; I had forgotten about it. It’s a photo I had taken from my front porch last winter of what I thought was the moon and a star. A reader emailed to tell me the star was in fact the planet Venus. You can see those posts here and here. Anyhow, when I stumbled upon the photo today I thought it was perfect for these quotes. To read more in the Five Quotes series, click here.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

~Martin Luther King jr.

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

~Plato

“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”

~Mary Oliver

“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”

~Anne Frank

“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.”

~Bram Stoker

“When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow.”

~Ursula K. LeGuin

“What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.”

~Rumi

“What makes night within us may leave stars.”

~Victor Hugo

“How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also If I am to be whole”

~C.G. Jung

“Just remember, a dark shadow need light to exist but light doesn’t need darkness to be luminous.”

~Gwen Hayes

“When darkness is at its darkest, a star shines the brightest.”

~Louise Philippe

Urban Simplicity. 

Five or eleven quotes about darkness and light for the longest night…

First a quick note regarding this photo. I came across this on my hard-drive today; I had forgotten about it. It’s a photo I had taken from my front porch last winter of what I thought was the moon and a star. A reader emailed to tell me the star was in fact the planet Venus. You can see those posts here and here. Anyhow, when I stumbled upon the photo today I thought it was perfect for these quotes. To read more in the Five Quotes series, click here.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
~Martin Luther King jr.

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
~Plato

“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”
~Mary Oliver

“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”
~Anne Frank

“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.”
~Bram Stoker

“When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow.”
~Ursula K. LeGuin

“What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.”
~Rumi

“What makes night within us may leave stars.”
~Victor Hugo

“How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also If I am to be whole”
~C.G. Jung

“Just remember, a dark shadow need light to exist but light doesn’t need darkness to be luminous.”
~Gwen Hayes

“When darkness is at its darkest, a star shines the brightest.”
~Louise Philippe

Urban Simplicity. 

One photo, one short video, one quote, and just a few other words…

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
~John Lennon
October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980

It seems as if the lyrics to the below video/song are just as relevant today–maybe even more so–than when they were originally written and sung. This video/song give me goose bumps. Turn up your speakers before you hit play.


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