The Heart of the Matter
August 28, 2012
The Wise Man Does Nothing

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"The foolish man
is always
doing,
yet much
remains
to be done.
The wise man
does nothing,
yet nothing
remains
undone."

- Lao Tzu
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August 21, 2012
In Praise of Monhegan Island

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There are places on Earth that remind me of what the cosmically-inclined among us refer to as the astral plane, the realm where some people go after their time here is up to contemplate the life they lived.

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In this place of gladness, when people pass each other on the unpaved path to whatever is next, they smile. Few words are exchanged, and when they are, they are already understood before anyone speaks.

There is instant recognition here, an equipoise, a pause, a sharing of presence beneath the blue sky.

Having finished what they came here to do, space opens up... and time... and hearts. Each person becomes harbor for the other, a field to go dancing in.

This realm, this unexpected manger between worlds, is an island of joy. There is no rushing here, no sudden moves, no unnecessary thoughts.

Here, each step is an arrival. Here, one breath is taken at a time. Here, you never want to leave.

You can find places like this on the Earth, cool ocean breezes, sea birds gliding, spruce trees, pines, a woman, in her garden, laughing, filling a basket with summer's first yield.

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More about the island

Even more

Photos: Evelyne Pouget

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August 20, 2012
It's Really Very Simple

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More where this came from
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August 19, 2012
A Word to the Wise

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More goodies
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August 16, 2012
The One Voice for Laos Documentary

Here is a remarkable 8-minute video produced by Garland Berenzy (16!), documenting the One Voice for Laos project -- an inspired humanitarian effort spearheaded by Hudson Valley teens, committed adults, and my amazing wife, Evelyne Pouget, to support 600 orphans in Luang Prabang, Laos. If you want to donate to the orphanage, send a check to the Windhorse Foundation (P.O. Box 26582, San Francisco, CA 94126) and write "Deak Kum Pa Orphanage" in the memo line.

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August 15, 2012
Close to Saugerties on August 23rd?

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If you
live within
walking distance,
driving distance,
or hang glider distance
to Saugerties, NY
(10 miles
from Woodstock),
please join me
and some
other locals
for a brief
introduction
to the
life-affirming,
heart opening,
inspiring,
message
of Prem Rawat.

Admission is free.

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The Beautiful Paradox

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August 13, 2012
Take What You Need

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I don't know
about you.
But
I'd
rather
see
this sign
on a
telephone
poll
than
all
the
ones
about
babysitters,
snow shovellers,
and
house movers.

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August 12, 2012
The Secret Revealed

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Looking
for
the
promised
land?
It
is
right
beneath
your
feet.
The
path?
The
distance
from
head
to
heart.

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August 09, 2012
The Beautiful Sadness of Longing

A big thank you to Fernando Garcia for using one of my poems, and Stuart Hoffman's music, along with a variety of beautiful images, to create a moving slide show about a topic not often talked about.

The poem
Words of Peace Global

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August 06, 2012
Why Can't There Be Peace?

Inspiring song by Tom Pacheco. Performed by the Onteora High School Choir. PS: There CAN be peace -- and it starts inside of each of us.

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August 04, 2012
No Mud, No Lotus

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Words of Peace Global

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Welcome to Mitch Ditkoff's blog about what's really important in this life: Peace, gratitude, love, joy, clarity, and the effort required to wake up and smell the roses. Enjoy!

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