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Date:March 30th, 2009 03:59 am (UTC)


yes for the sun'll come out tomorrow. Bet your bottom dollar, that tomorrow,
there'll be sun!
we can always change and grow from our experiences, whether bad or good.

Date:March 30th, 2009 12:14 pm (UTC)

Happy Birthday for yesterday, may you have many more. Have you seen Alwyn and Christopher? they should shout you something.

I like Emerson's writing.

Take care,

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Date:March 31st, 2009 08:04 am (UTC)
That first quote is fantastic, MG! It's like this voice I need in my head to say "Seriously, calm down and move on. You mad thing." It's like a slightly less esoteric version of the things that go on with Beshara, this non-profit organisation thing... oh it's hard to explain. They're involved with a school in Scotland which runs intensive courses where the students study Ibn Arabi and Rumi and all these wonderful concepts. Rumi's poetry is very dear to my heart, as I'm a Beshara kid.

But sometimes it can be very difficult to understand what's going on in the papers and books they have people read - this is like a clear, friendly way of putting some of it. Without all the scary capitalisation of We and It and Our and That and One, which makes you think you're missing something.

Check Beshara out, if you want - they've rejigged the website a little. Have an explore. They sound a bit mad on occasion but the greatest gift I can ever give anyone is knowledge of Beshara. It may sound like I've been brainwashed by a cult but go, go and look!
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Date:April 3rd, 2009 06:02 am (UTC)
It is great you have made this connection for us... there is so much in Emerson that is deeply connected with Eastern and Middle Eastern traditions of thought. He brings into the west many ideas that are only being rediscovered now. I checked our your link to Beshara... it looks a very enlightened group of people. Thank you for sharing that....
Date:April 3rd, 2009 04:19 am (UTC)
the second poem is by far my favourite it is just such a perfct model of how people should think and what success really is. if everyone thought like that i really wonder what the world be like today.
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Date:April 4th, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)

I enjoyed reading the second poem more, by Emerson, It is unfortunate the poem’s truth and reality Isn't seen very often in today’s society. What I obtained from the poem is that to truly live life one has to soak it in, to take it and absorb it to "seize the day" even and when you have done this you have truly lived life to its fullest.
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