My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate -- that's my philosophy.
- Thorton Wilder
Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown, or to any man or number of men
-- go freely with powerful uneducated persons, and with the young, and with the mothers or families
-- re-examine all you have been told in school or church or in any book, and dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem, and have the richest fluency, not only in its words, but in the silent lines of its lips and face, and between the lashes of your eyes, and in every motion and joint of your body.
from the 1855 Preface to Leaves of Grass
"Realise that you cannot help a soul
unless that soul really wants help and is ready to be helped.
I tell you to send that soul nothing but love and more love.
Be still and wait, but be there when that soul turns for help."
-Eileen Caddy, founder of Findhorn
Meditation is like unto the water of a pond,
made murky by agitation,
being calmed so as to allow all the mud and silt
to settle to the bottom so that the water becomes clear,
and you can see all the way to the bottom.
And then you will discover there is something at the bottom of your mind
that can only be seen when your mind is completely calm.
Something deeper than the root of your thoughts;
below the foundation of your personality.
And it is the same thing that is at the bottom of the so called physical world;
deeper than the root of all matter; below the foundation of the universe.
It is eternal; it is the real you, and that is why and how you are immortal.
the above poem came to ‘j’ from Spirit as though channeled.
Three remaining members of the Grateful Dead—Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Phil Lesh—reunited Monday for a get out the vote concert to support Sen. Barack Obama's presidential bid.
The concert, billed as Deadheads for Obama, would be the first time the band performed together since they held a reunion tour in 2004. The band dropped "Grateful" from its name to honor the memory of its lead singer, Jerry Garcia, who died in 1995., and also has called itself The Other Ones.
The band, calling the last-minute show a one-time-only event, said they came together the night before the Super Tuesday primaries because the Obama campaign asked them to hold a get-out the vote rally.
"I think this is the first time for us," Lesh said, when asked what other political candidates the legendary band has so publicly supported.
Lesh's 18-year-old son is a volunteer on Obama's campaign. Obama taped a short introduction for the concert that the band planned to play before the show.
San Francisco, CA
Set 1, Electric
Playin in the Band*>
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo+
New Minglewood Blues+*
Set 2, Acoustic
Deep Elem Blues>
Friend of the Devil>
Set 3, Electric
China Cat Sunflower*>
The Other One* (with Meaty Phil Bass Intro)>
Eyes of the World+*
Playin in the Band+*
Phil: Get the Vote Out / Donor Rap>
* With Mark Karan, Lead Guitar
+ With Barry Sless, Pedal Steel
# Jackie Greene on Mandolin
& RatDog Crewman Bill Waves Flag Over Band
Band: Weir, Hart, Lesh, Molo, Molitz, Greene
courtesy of Eurotraders