La Danse, Henri Matisse 1909
'La Danse', Henri Matisse, 1909
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New Darkness

Daryl Jean Searle, USA

(Submitted by the author)

No vitamin D.
Lots of shadows.
Branches speak.
The moon beams.

People creep.
Books are shut.
Doors are locked.
Not a mouse stirs.

Seeking light.
Glowing teeth.
Streets are silent.
No heartbeat.

Restless heart.
Give me dawn.
Ray of light.
Jazz and java.

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A Wider Perspective

The Dalai Lama, Tibet

(Submitted by The Office of H.H. The Dalai Lama)

We can cultivate and achieve happiness, remove and eliminate suffering, provided we are able to engage in a practice which is in tune with the law of nature and in tune with how things actually exist. No matter how strong an individual is, we have to live as a human community.

Out of control

Carlos Barrios, Guatemala

(Submitted by The Art of Living Team)

Consciousness is important. We must begin to see ourselves in proportion to where we are in creation and consciousness. When our calendar is based on actions that are in tune with creation and consciousness, we'll be free from the stress of how much we can produce in a workday. When our consciousness is in tune with creation, we will be one with the universe. Right now, our consciousness is speeding faster and faster.

A New Glasnost for the Planet

Mikhail Gorbachev, Russia

(Submitted by the author)

It may seem paradoxical, but despite having borne witness to the countless humanitarian and environmental disasters of recent decades, I am an optimist. But being an optimist does not mean simply looking at the world through rose-tinted glasses, like Voltaire’s Candide, and declaring everything to be for the best, despite an endless array of misfortunes.

Give, give, give

Isabel Allende, Chile

(Submitted by the author)

Give, give, give - what is the point of having experience, knowledge, or talent if I don’t give it away? Of having stories if I don’t tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don’t share it? I don’t intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world, and with the divine.

Living life to the full

Richard Branson, England

(Submitted by the author)

Living life to the full is an often-used but misunderstood expression, but one which I truly believe in. To me there is no easy excuse for the words “can’t be done” uttered so often by people who really mean “I don’t want to do it and I don’t want to bother to find out if it can be done”.

Thirty-three happy moments

Chin Shengt'an, China

(Submitted by Oliver Brooks, England)

Whilst stranded in a temple with a friend for ten days on account of rainy weather, Chin Shengt'an, 17th century Chinese playwright, counted the truly happy moments of human life, moments in which the spirit is inextricably tied up with the senses:

Cosmic Symphony - a Deeper Look at Quantum Consciousness

Ervin Laszlo, Hungary

(Submitted by the author)

The rise of quantum consciousness could be the biggest step our species has taken since it came down from the trees. It would bring us to a new stage of species maturity - and could also enable us to surmount the problems that threaten our life and our future.


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