sábado, 28 de mayo de 2011

Thresholds and gates. Angeles Arrien



Symbols of Transition: Thresholds and Gates

Perseverance is a great element of success.
If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate,
you are sure to wake up something or somebody.
––Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



Throughout history, images of thresholds and gates have served as symbolic passageways into new worlds. Imprinted on the human psyche, they herald the possibility of a new life, a new experience, or a new identity. They offer an opportunity for communion between different worlds: the sacred and profane, the internal and external, the subjective and objective, the visible and invisible, waking and dreaming.

Symbolically, there is a marked distinction between a threshold and a gate. A threshold suggests the place or moment where transformational work, learning, or integration occurs. The gate suggests protecting and testing that must occur before we are allowed entry and permitted to do work at the threshold. Gates are often considered places of initiation or entryways into holy places, sacred grounds, or spiritually significant transitions. Deep archetypal feelings may surface when we are “at the gate.” Instinctively we recognize that we are required to let go of what is familiar, and prepare to enter and open ourselves to the unknown. Our passage through the gate is irreversible. We cannot go back. After we open the gate and stand upon the threshold, we must do the work of transformation.

To thresh literally means to pound cereal grain to remove the husks and separate out the seeds. Figuratively, the threshing floor is where we tread, turn, twist, or flail as we do inner work. It is the place of the soul’s own threshing, where what is no longer necessary or aligned with our essential nature is released and discarded. We repeatedly come to the threshing floor to deliver ourselves to our final and holy excursion, in which we approach the opening to a hidden existence and discover a second grace.

--excerpt from The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom,
Winner of the 2007 Nautilus Book Award for Best Book on Aging


Monthly Practice:

What current transitions or thresholds are you experiencing in your work, health, relationships or finances?

To do the “threshing work”, what do you need to discard or release? What are the specific actions and next steps that are needed to support the changes that you desire?

With each transition and the threshold work it requires, comes a second grace, blessing, and opportunity to support the changes needed. Identify these opportunities and take an action to support them every day.




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jueves, 26 de mayo de 2011

Si usted cree que la educación es cara, pruebe con la ignorancia


Si usted cree que la educación es cara, pruebe con la ignorancia
Derek Curtis Bok

sábado, 21 de mayo de 2011

Left behind

Más carteles

Sábado diferente


Carteles y murales en la plaza del Sol de Madrid la noche del sábado 20 de Mayo. Había tanta gente que era muy difícil hacer fotos, sobre todo a las que se colgaban de lo alto de los edificios; se aplaudió mucho "apaga la tele, enciende tu mente"

domingo, 8 de mayo de 2011

be careful

Courage faces fear El valor se enfrenta al miedo




El valor se enfrenta al miedo, y por eso lo domina. La cobardía reprime el miedo y es dominada por él. Una de las muchas frases de ML King que se recogen a lo largo del MLK Promenade de San Diego. Todas para no olvidar.

viernes, 6 de mayo de 2011

Guess I'm a fool Hugh Laurie


Otra de las canciones de Let them talk. Le iría bien algo de bourbon, humo, un garito lleno de gente que habla sin escuchar a los músicos...
You told me you were leaving
After all we’ve been through
Guess I’m a fool falling in love with you
There ain’t no use in crying
Do what you have to do
Guess I’m a fool falling in love with you.

Chorus:
You told me that the kind of love we have
Will last for a million years
I believe everything you said
You fill my heart with tears.
So long pretty baby
Go break some other heart in two
Guess I’m a fool falling in love with you.

Por la boca vive el pez

miércoles, 4 de mayo de 2011

lunes, 2 de mayo de 2011

Missing San Diego


Aquí empieza el Gaslamp Quarter, el barrio antiguo de San Diego, que recibe su nombre de las lámparas de gas originales. Es la zona de bares y garitos y justo al fondo se ve un edificio moderno, el Convention Center, desde donde se tiene una vista privilegiada de toda la bahía de San Diego y de la isla de Coronado y el inmenso puente que lleva hasta ella, los parques donde la gente se relaja frente al mar...

domingo, 1 de mayo de 2011

Pelícanos




No me esperaba poder ver tan de cerca grupos grandes de pelícanos volando en formación, unas veces en V, otras en largas filas, muy cerca de la playa, tanto en Oceanside como en Encinitas, cerca de San Diego, California.

Lo que no conseguí es hacer ninguna foto aceptable así que he buscado esta en la red aunque no sea un grupo tan numeroso como los que había en el Pacífico a finales de abril. He leído que hay una variedad, el pelícano marrón, típico de California.

Let them talk


You don't know my mind. La escuché en la radio el otro día y me apeteció volver a oir este tipo de música