Thursday, February 22, 2018

Humor & Wisdom 6/09

Hi all,

Well, it seems time for some kids to give us a laugh and to share with you a recent realization of mine.  
Enjoy!!  Love…..Peter

So….First, the kids’ humor:

What is falling in love like?

“Like an avalanche where you have to run for your life.”
John, age 9

“If falling in love is anything like learning how to spell, I don”t want to do it. It takes too long.”
Glenn, age 7

How can you tell if two adults eating dinner at a restaurant are in love?

“Just see if the man picks up the check. That’s how you can tell if he’s in love.”
Bobby, age 9

“Lovers will just be staring at each other and their food will get cold… Other people care more about the food.”
Bart, age 9

“Romantic adults usually are all dressed up, so if they are just wearing jeans it might mean they used to go out or they just broke up.”
Sarah, age 9

“See if the man has lipstick on his face.”
Sandra, age 7

“It’s love if they order one of those desserts that are on fire. They like to order those because it’s just like how their hearts are — on fire.”
Christine, age 9

What are most people thinking when the say, “I love you”?

“Some lovers might be real nervous, so they are glad that they finally got it out and said it and now they can go eat.”
Dick, age 7

“The person is thinking: Yeah, I really do love him. But I hope he showers at least once a day.”
Michelle, age 9

Opinions about Love:

“I’m in favor of love as long as it doesn’t happen when ”Dinosaurs” is on television.”
Jill, age 6

“Love is foolish … but I still might try it sometime.”
Floyd, age 9

“Love will find you, even if you are trying to hide from it. I been trying to hide from it since I was five, but the girls keep finding me.”
Dave, age 8

“I”m not rushing into being in love. I’m finding fourth grade hard enough.”
Regina, age 10

Why does love happen between two particular people?

“No one is sure why it happens, but I heard it has something to do with how you smell … That’s why perfume and deodorant are so popular.”
Mae, age 9

“One of the people has freckles and so he finds somebody else who has freckles too.”
Andrew, age 6

“I think you’re supposed to get shot with an arrow or something, but the rest of it isn’t supposed to be so painful.”
Manuel, age 8

Surefire ways to make someone fall in love with you:

“Tell them that you own a whole bunch of candy stores.”
Del, age 6

“Yell out that you love them at the top of your lungs … and don’t worry if their parents are right there.”
Manuel, age 8

“Don’t do things like have smelly, green sneakers. You might get attention, but attention ain’t the same thing as love.”
Alonzo, age 9

“Shake your hips and hope for the best.”
Camille, age 9

“One way is to take the girl out to eat. Make sure it’s something she likes to eat. French fries usually work for me.”
Bart, age 9

And now for the Wisdom:

For years I have meditated during different periods of my life, sometimes consistently, sometimes not.  Recently, I have been sitting pretty consistently every morning for about 45 minutes.  What I have been realizing is that it takes courage to close my eyes and go inward.  I had never thought of meditation as a courageous act before, but the other day a light bulb went off.  
For me, my joy gets born and reborn when I let go of the illusion that I am going to find the love that I am seeking outside of myself and I simply close my eyes and fall back into my inner sanctuary.  No matter what happens with my eyes closed, I end up having a more peaceful and joyful day when I start the morning by vulnerably touching into my heart and simply feeling love – for my wife, for my son, for myself, for friends, for HAI, for Mother Earth, for other human beings in need, for the miracle of being alive, for Spirit, etc.  
Yet, my negative mind can come up with a million excuses not to do that because if I meditate then it cannot have its way with me so easily during the day.  
So, for me, I need to keep repeatedly finding the courage each morning, no matter what my thoughts are saying, to simply close my eyes and come home to the Divine within me so that as the day unfolds, external events, including my mind’s negative chatter, have less power to knock me out of Love.
It is my wish for you that you find the courage to take charge of your time in such a way that you fully allow yourself to participate in whatever your form of meditation is that deeply nurtures you, that brings you joy, whether it is actually sitting and meditating, or intimately connecting with your partner, or walking in Nature, or running, or bike riding, or creatively expressing yourself through art, music, dance, or some other experience that lights you up!
ALL my heart…..

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