What does it mean to return to oneself? To find or “re-find” again one’s presence and purpose?
I came across the word, "shoshin," for the first time last year, which is a word that comes from Zen Buddhism meaning, "beginner's mind." And ever since, it's been a concept that's clung to my outlook like a charm.
Late one night recently, I was hanging out with a professor from a local university. By any academic measure, he was a success with a 20-pages long CV, receiving millions of dollars in funding, international recognition, speaking gigs, and on track for tenure. And while this professor was accomplished and brilliant, he was not happy.
“She doesn’t know that she is part of creating something everywhere she goes. Just her presence and her participation in this room is a life-giving force.”
An old friend of mine, Ms. Barbara Ann Crumm, who knows my soul well, shared with me this wonderful (and, at times, heartbreaking) interview last year between two legendary women: Peabody Award-winning radio show host Diane Rehm and multi-Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter.
I’d always enjoyed Dolly Parton’s music and persona as an entertainer growing up, but I became more obsessed with Dolly as a person when I happened to pick up her autobiography, Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business, at a used bookstore...
"...you have been mad and drunken, furious and wild, filled with hatred and despair, and all the dark confusions of the soul - but so have we."
She had horses with eyes of trains.
She had horses with full, brown thighs.
She had horses who laughed too much.