Author Archive: Abbie's Tree House

Less Civil

This excerpt from Leo Rosten’s People I have loved, known, or admired, ©1970, recalls an episode he uncovered while researching George Washington’s life: But I cannot forget the episode involving Washington as he was being escorted down the street of a town in New York by an official. An old Negro saw the General and …

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Frame

A frame can be an important thing. It forces you to stop a moment and really look at what’s inside the border.

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Think Different

Invasion, occupation, bombing, assassination, torture; none of those things has brought peace to the Middle East. Maybe the United States could try something different? Peace came to Southeast Asia when America stopped killing people and went home.  Maybe try that?

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See

“Krishnamurti said, ‘When you teach a child that a bird is named “bird,” the child will never see the bird again.’ What they’ll see is the word ‘bird’. That’s what they’ll see and feel, and when they look up in the sky and see that strange, winged being take flight, they’ll forget that what is …

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’til you find the window

Full lyrics HERE. I like loving songs that aren’t necessarily love songs.

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The beat of the rain on the leaves

Full lyrics HERE.

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So What? It’s no big deal.

“As we learn to relax with groundlessness, this enthusiasm will emerge. We practice what is called the threefold purity – no big deal about the doer, no big deal about the action, no big deal about the result. This joyful exertion is rooted in no expectation, no ambition, no hope of fruition. We just eagerly …

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Remains the Same

Everything you see has its roots in the unseen world. The forms may change, yet the essence remains the same.”  ~Rumi

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“Aut viam inveniam aut faciam.”

“Aut viam inveniam aut faciam” is usually attributed to Hannibal (source).  

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Even Smiling More Than Usual

The most important aspect of karma relates to the state of our mind. At some point, whether we meditate or not, we learn that certain activities disturb the mind. When we apply awareness to cause and effect, we cultivate recognition of subtle shifts in mental behavior, and we become more sensitive to how an agitated …

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One More Try

“There’s no way I can single-handedly save the world or, perhaps, even make a perceptible difference– but how ashamed I would be to let a day pass without making one more effort.”~  Isaac Asimov (via Slashdot /.)

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Hope

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