“One of the most commonly overlooked spiritual practices is daring to be completely honest with everyone you encounter. Some may say others cannot handle the grace of honesty, but true honesty is not a strategy or a weapon of any kind. It is the willingness to be open and absolutely transparent in sharing how any moment feels in your heart. It has nothing to do with confrontation, accusation, or any form of blame. True honesty is the willingness to stand completely exposed, allowing the world to do what it may, and say what it will, only so you may know who you are – beyond all ideas.
Feelings such as shame, guilt, doubt, envy, anger, and resentment arise whenever we have prevented ourselves from speaking our deepest truths, or withheld a depth of sincerity from being shared with others. With nothing to withhold or hide, the truth is spoken freely – at no one’s expense. The truth contains no form of blame or judgment. Instead, it celebrates how intimately you know yourself by how open and available you’re willing to be. Knowing this, life’s deepest wisdom always remains the same: you’ll feel better when you’re totally honest.
This is why honesty is also the ultimate healing modality. Honesty is the absence of avoidance, no matter what situation appears. Inevitably, life transforms when the value of honesty is no longer dominated by an attachment to convenience or the threat of rejection.
When honesty is regarded as your highest value and acted upon with kindness and compassion in every personal encounter, you invite the precision of life’s inherent perfection into all areas of life. In doing so, every relationship and circumstance transforms at the rate in which true sincerity of heart leads the way. This reveals life’s natural way of being, which cannot be known on the deepest level until you’re being completely honest.”—Matt Kahn (via lucifelle)
“Love without courage and wisdom is sentimentality, as with the ordinary church member. Courage without love and wisdom is foolhardiness, as with the ordinary soldier. Wisdom without love and courage is cowardice, as with the ordinary intellectual. Therefore one with love, courage, and wisdom is one in a million who moves the world, as with Jesus, Buddha, and Gandhi.”—Ammon Hennacy
“Every person has his own tale to tell, including the person who would not believe in God if you paid him. Some moment happens in your life that makes you say Yes right up to the roots of your hair, that makes it worth having been born just to have happen. Laughing with somebody till the tears run down your cheeks. Waking up to the first snow. Being in bed with somebody you love. Whether you thank God for such a moment or thank your lucky stars, it is a moment that is trying to open your whole life. If you try to turn your back on such a moment and hurry along to Business as Usual, it may lose you the whole ball game. If you throw your arms around such a moment and hug it like crazy, it may save your soul.”—Frederick Buechner
“I have nothing now but praise for my life. I’m not unhappy. I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can’t stop them. They leave me and I love them more. … What I dread is the isolation. … There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready.”—Maurice Sendak on Fresh Air in 2011. [all interviews with Sendak here] (via nprfreshair)
“The Bible does mention eternity, but only as background for the real drama, which is a story of Earth, or, even more narrowly, a story of humanity’s brief appearance on Earth. This is also the stuff of fiction—the actions of human beings within the limits of time and space. But the Bible says something more: that the posture of the eternal Creator toward the finite creation is that of good will.”—Maruice Sendak (R.I.P.)
…another new-jam-Friday. today i bring you an exclusive premier by a band called DEADHORSE. the track is called “Tired Lungs” and it will be found on their upcoming cassette release: “Live at The Office Recording Studio”, which will be out soon via the band’s own label and Ethic Records.
Deadhorse are from Erie, PA and play some damn good post-rock jams. these instrumentals have been on my top rotation the last few days as i’ve just discovered them recently and i am very stoked on what i have heard (and seen) so far. big ups to homie Craig over at I AM SHARK for hooking it up with some new music to check out. Deadhorse are currently on their first European tour; so if you live out there, go catch them and say whatup. they have also been documenting their voyage overseas through their video-diaries, so make sure you check those out too (and keep checking for newer ones to come).
anyways, if you wish to get a hold of this new cassette (that is out of only 100 copies), you can ORDER HERE or HERE. and thanks again to Craig and the Deadhorse crew for letting me get the track first. much love.
“When we are really honest with ourselves, we must admit that our lives are all that really belong to us. So it is how we use our lives that determines what kind of men we are. It is my deepest belief that only by giving our lives do we find life. I am convinced that the truest act of courage, the strongest act of manliness is to sacrifice ourselves for others in totally nonviolent struggle for justice. To be a man is to suffer for others.”—Cesar Chavez