I am earth and air and fire and water.
I come from the Dark where all things have their beginning.
I come from the sea and its tides.
I come from the sky and its stars, I come from the sun and its brightness.
And I come from the forests of the earth.
Slowly I moved at first, always sleeping and dreaming. I remembered all I had been and I thought of all I shall be. And when I had dreamed my dream I awoke and came swiftly.
I heard the stars singing as I came and I felt warm wings about me. I passed the beasts of the jungle and, came through the dark, deep waters. It was a long journey.
~ hours-old baby Annabel
Mary Poppins Comes Back
Tis far better to acquire knowledge while in the pursuit of life…instead of hoping that we stumble upon a life while in the pursuit of (fragmented) knowledge.
Henry David Thoreau
As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
Knowing yourself is to be rooted in Being, instead of lost in your mind.
The world of education is like an island where people, cut off from the world, are prepared for life by exclusion from it.
We have an excuse not to shine. We don’t have to take responsibility for the world when we’re spending all our time in emotional pain. We’re too busy.
It is very difficult to be clear about what you want when your mind is overwhelmed by input about what you’re supposed to want.
Your playing small serves no one.
Our deciding to be joyful demonstrates our willingness to relinquish the petty and negative preoccupations that stand in its way. When we give these up, a more joyful life has a chance to emerge.
It is a woman’s function to mother the world by holding the idea of its possible perfection within her heart.
George Bernard Shaw
I am not a teacher – only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead – ahead of myself as well as of you.
No use to shout at them to pay attention. If the situations, the materials, the problems before the child do not interest him, his attention will slip off to what does interest him, and no amount of exhortation of threats will bring it back.
Of course, the more choice, movement, action, freedom, cooperation, talk, variety, energy, excitement, and joy there is in a classroom (home…family…), and the less invidious comparison, testing, gold-starring, grading, pecking-ordering, humiliation, coearcion, threat, punishment, and fear, the better it will be for the children…
Instead of Education, pg20
…people never stop ‘learning to do’ what they know how to do, no matter how well they do it. They must ‘learn’ every day to do it as well as they can, or they will soon do it less well.
Instead of Education, p14