— His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso
If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere.
Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles; Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings.
When we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there."
— Thích Nhất Hạnh (via panatmansam)
— Terence Mckenna (via panatmansam)
- Albert Einstein"
Forty years ago I parked my car out front a liquor store in San Jose to buy a soft drink when a young waif of a woman carrying a red flag with a black eagle in a circle of white asked me not to go inside. I asked why. She said it would help farm workers fighting for justice because the store carried a brand of wine from a company that was fighting workers’ efforts to join the United Farm Workers Union. The encounter would change my life and draw me from college to spend about two years working for Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers. Now four decades have passed, and we see a new film about Chavez and the struggle, la lucha.
The union was far from perfect and so was Chavez, and maybe the film overlooks, or looks past, that reality. Still, I am heartened to see the honoring of a movement that changed so many lives, way beyond matters of the union, to more personal matters of the heart, of dignity, of nonviolence, of equality, and awareness in so many areas, from gender to race, to class, and eventually coming to accept anger, forgiveness, and imperfections in ourselves, all of us. Go see the film, read the critical books, and when you get a chance, talk to the farm workers and organizers who met, worked with and knew this many-faceted man and the movement he helped inspire. Today, I re-posted a few old photos and reflections about my tiny little sliver of involvement in that movement, a time that remains indelible, Que viva la lucha, Que viva el sueno.