Thursday, June 26, 2008

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

"All the great traditions talk about this idea that somehow the ideal thing would be for every moment to be a revelation, every moment to be a mystical experience- but not because you're having visions, but because of the beauty of the moment. The beauty of this moment is very, very great. This is a very great opening. Every microsecond of the conversation has the temptation for us to almost get lost in it. So these are good things...hugging the dog, walking outside, or seeing the real mysticism is here"
Frances Tiso, 2002

Within each moment is the gift to a mother of being fully present to that exact moment. This is a gift that my children have given me.....every moment being a mystical experience, but not because I am having visions, because of the awareness of the beauty of the moment!

Friday, June 20, 2008

” I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love." – Mother Teresa

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Mother As Hero - From Joseph Campbell's conversations with Bill Moyers

The Mother As Hero

Moyers:Don't you think we've lost the truth in this society of ours, where is deemed nore heoric to go out into the world and make a lot of money than it is to raise children?

Campbell: Making money gets more advertisement. You know the old saying: if a dog bites a man, that's not a story, but if a man bites a dog, you've got a story there. So the thing that happens and happens and happens, no matter how heroic it may be, is not news. Motherhood has lost its novelty, you might say.

Moyers:That's a wonderful image, though- the mother as hero.

Campbell: It has always seemed so to me. That's something I've learned from reading these myths.

Moyers:It's a journey-you have to move out of the known, conventional safety of your life to undertake this.

Campbell: You have to be transformed from a maiden to a mother. That's the big change, involving many dangers.

Moyers: And when you come back from your journey, with the child, you've brought something into the world.

Campbell:Not only that, you've got a life job ahead of you. Otto Rank makes a point that there is a world of people who think that their heroic act in being born qualifies them for respect and support of their whole community.

Moyers:But there's still a journey to be taken after that.

Campbell:There's a large journey to be taken, of many trials.

Moyers:How is consciousness transformed?

Campbell:Either by trials themselves or by illuminating revelations. Trials and revelations are what it is all about.