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Project Happiness 365: Day 338

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​For this day! 

“He who binds to himself a joy 

Does the winged life destroy; 

But he who kisses the joy as it flies 

Lives in eternity’s sun rise.”

by William Blake

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Project Happiness 365: Day 227

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Just stumbled upon this beautiful reminder by ‘Jeanette LeBlanc’. This makes so much sense to me today.

“Listen to me. Right now.

You are right. Fuck it. No more. Never again.

You are not too much. You have never been too much. You will never be too much.
20160725_014810.jpgThe very idea is preposterous. Because you were born to be you. All of you. Not a tiny acceptable sliver. Not a watered down version with colors dulled and edges softened.
No. You were meant to be every last pulsing-bleeding-loving-crying-feeling bit.
And if someone tells you that you are too much for them, the only truth you need to remember is this:

It is highly likely that they are not now, and never could have been, near enough for you.
Because you, my girl, are the sun and the moon and the stars. You are the force that pulls the tides. You are the unrestrained howl under a wide-open moon. You are the essence of what it is to dance into ecstasy. You are the heat and the sex and the sweat and the burn and soft and the grace and the grit and the ocean of tears.
You are all of everything.

You are the mother of us all and the daughter of the Universe.

You walk through shadows and light.

You burn down and rise up and hold captive the pulse of the world.

You make the gods tremble.
And that, my dear, is bound to make some people crazy uncomfortable. It will make them pull back and push away. Because the way you dance with your shadows and your steadfast commitment to your light will push them into spaces that are fascinating and compelling and utterly terrifying.

Your very being asks them to step into places they may not be near ready to visit, let alone stay.
Because like the depths of the ocean that calls you home, you will never be easy.

But darling, you were not brought here for easy. You are here for so much more.

Because you are a boundary-pusher.

You’re a truth-seeker.

You’re temptation and seduction and heat.

You’re a mirror and a sorcerer, and inside you swirls the power of the ancients.
So no, you are not easy.
But in the space of that truth, please also know this. Do not get this confused with the notion that you do not deserve the deepest ease.

Don’t, for a minute, let them convince you that you will not know the grace of a lover who does not require that you constantly translate yourself or diminish yourself or quiet your storm or tone down your extravagant love.

Because that, my girl, is bullshit.
Because out there somewhere there is a love who will never dream of calling you too much. Who speaks, like you, in poetry and candle wax and stardust. Who runs outside on stormy nights to howl at the moon. Who collects bones and sings incantation and talks to the ancestors.
And that lover, when you find him or her, will see you and know you — just as you are and just as you should be.
And they will say Yes. Yes, you. I will go there with you. I have been waiting for this.
And so while you are waiting, I want you to do this. For me, and for every last too much girl out there.
You take all that too much and you channel it. You gather every last ember of your too much broken heart and you light that flame. And in doing so you will call forth the others and sing the song that brings us home.
And then you — in your infinite, perfect too-muchness — unleash it all on the world. And you go and love too much and you cry too much and you swear too much. Fall in love to fast and get sad too often and laugh too loudly and demand with clarity the exact terms of your own desired existence.

Don’t you dare consider doing anything but that.
Because we need you. Every one of us, man or woman, who has been called too much. You are our reminder, in the most desperate of moment, that we are exactly as we should be.
Every last too-much bit.”

Project Happiness 365: Day 151

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Today I came across this poem I wrote a while ago.

Castle of illusion came tumbling down,
Brick by brick, stone by stone
There I lay hit by the storm
An awakening consciousness yet a huge blur

I screamed and I cried,
I cursed and asked ‘Why?’
I tried to find the sense
In the absurdity of existence.

The calmness finally arrived,
The dust of confusion cleared up
Thought clouds began to float
In unison with sacred songs.

Be here and now.
Be here and now.

What is truth anyways? 
Think beyond what you see!

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Project Happiness 365: Day 130

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Today is haiku poetry day. They are a very integral part of Japanese literary tradition.  English haiku follow 5-7-5 syllables.
Even though I have never written a haiku myself here’s one of my favorites:

“Winter seclusion –
Listening, that evening,
To the rain in the mountain.”

– Kobayashi Issa
And here are few pictures from this afternoon’s walk to work.

I cannot write poems anymore

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Verses sting like a N-E-E-D-L-E

Words just entangle like a riddle

Rhymes are all bottled up,

like pickled lime in salt.

Sour, so fucking sour

as they resurface…

 

I promise again,

I cannot write poems anymore,

words are scattered like ashes,

in my B-R-A-I-N

all grey, pale and dry

All disheveled and dissembled.

 

I assure you

I cannot write poems anymore

Or hey wait!

maybe I can

P-O-E-M-S!

Project Happiness 365: Day 107

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I have been thinking a lot about this Norwegian poem I really love. My bf read and translated it for me. It is written by Vigdis Garbarek and today I share it with you.

“Hva kan jeg si som ikke alt er sagt
Ingenting
Hva kan jeg tenke som ikke alt er tenkt
Ingenting
Hva kan jeg være som ikke alt har vært
Meg selv”

Translation :

“What can I say that has not already been said?

Nothing

What can I think that has not already been thought?

Nothing 

What can I be that has not already been?

Myself!”