“moonlight disappears down the hills
mountains vanish into fog
and i vanish into poetry.”
― Sanober Khan
“a parallel life, as dreams shadow waking but never intersect it”
“All of our great traditions, religious, contemplative and artistic, say that you must a learn how to be alone – and have a relationship with silence. It is difficult, but it can start with just the tiniest quiet moment.”
— David Whyte
“In still moments by the sea life seems large-drawn and simple. It is there we can see into ourselves.”
― Rolf Edberg
“Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and they are two different histories.”
― Zadie Smith,
On my travels along the California coast this year I retreated from the 100 degree heat and the endless, unrelenting freeways into this otherworldly house of worship – the San Luis Rey Mission in Oceanside, California.
Here it is cool and still and with one step past the threshold the outside world simply ceases to exist. Here time stands still and the rarefied ambiance of 220 years takes over my being. One lone man sits in midday prayer before me.
Some time later, my being in balance, I depart through the church doors and, as I do, I recall the opening lyrics of the Elton John song “60 Years On”.
Who’ll walk me down to church when I’m sixty years of age
When the ragged dog they gave me has been ten years in the grave
And señorita plays guitar, plays it just for you
My rosary has broken and my beads have all slipped through.
— Bernie Taupin
“If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.”
— Anne Morrow Lindbergh