May I be a guard for those who are protectorless,
A guide for those who journey on the road.
For those who wish to go across the water,
May I be a boat, a raft, a bridge.

And now as long as space endures,
And as long as there are beings to be found,
May I continue likewise to remain
To drive away the sorrows of the world.

(Shantideva)

trauma makes weapons of us all

"Accountability is so important, but it happens in community. There’s no such thing as a community in which all harm has been exiled. I think we have much harder work to do than we want to do here. The easier move is us vs them, victims vs perpetrators, sane people vs Kanye, everyone vs men. But it’s not true.

"What’s true is [that] trauma makes weapons of us. And fools, and secret keepers, and collaborators in harm. What’s true is that trauma is both singular violent events and the ongoing constant socialization of ‘power over’ for those deemed superior because of skin or penis or ability or inheritance or something else they didn’t create or do. If we are going to grow, we must embrace truth telling. We must generate our compassion. We must learn to set and hold boundaries within community, on this planet we share. We must learn what is worth our attention, and how powerful our attention is. We must get more passionate about healing than we are about punishing."

(Adrienne Marie Brown)

political and spiritual power

"I want to reverse the assumption of where political power is located; it is often privileged classes that are the most impotent, most afraid, and most committed to all four of these subjectivities [indebted, mediatized, securitized, represented], because that is the context in which we have our privilege and our power. The image of the mystic, the person who has left home (in the Buddhist context), the desert traveler who has nothing to lose and is not afraid of protecting their property.... This person who is not afraid of anything—this is the figure of the unconditional warrior that we want to claim for our politics."

Excerpted from a thought-provoking interview with Acharya Adam Lobel on The Arrow. Read the whole thing here

“Being human always points and is directed to something or someone other than oneself. The more one forgets oneself, by giving oneself to a cause to serve or another person to love, the more human one is.”—Victor Frankl

what do you worship?

“In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And an outstanding reason for choosing some...spiritual-thing to worship is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never feel you have enough. Worship your own body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly, and when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally plant you...Worship power—you will feel weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to keep the fear at bay. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out. And so on. Look, the insidious thing about these forms of worship is not that they’re evil or sinful; it is that they are unconscious.”—David Foster Wallace

björk interviews björk

q: how important is the sexual force to you?

a: extremely. it is what drives you, i think obviously it is not literally only in sex but it is vital to include it into the choreography of all things.

As a teen, I would often ask myself, "What would Bjork do in this situation?" She remains one of my heros. In this interview from last fall, she interviews herself.