Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Just a short note

Dear Friends,

I have no light to share on this rainy day in Chicago, except to thank my friends today. I don't have a flashy graphic, just a big warm THANK YOU.

I had so much fun today, singing at work, in the car, smiling all day. Life can be good sharing little quarky moments.

Kimmy

Okay.. Just one graphic!




Sunday, March 29, 2009

Takuan



Like the empty sky,
It has no boundaries,

Yet it is right in this place,
Ever profound and clear.

When you seek to know it,
You cannot see it.

You cannot take hold of it.
But you cannot lose it.

In not being able to get it,
You get it.

When you are silent, it speaks.
The great gate is wide open

To bestow alms,
And no crowd is blocking the way.

- Takuan


Kimmy...seeking solace in poetry.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Questions to ponder

"A man never gets to this station in life without being  helped, aided, shoved, pushed and prodded to do better.  I  want to be honest with you: The players I played with and the coaches I had, they are directly responsible for my being here.  I want you all to remember that.  I always will." -Johnny Unitas, Professional football player during his Hall of Fame induction speech .

Questions to Ponder: Who are the people responsible helping be who I am today? In what ways have they helped me? Who can I help in similarly important ways


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Monday, March 23, 2009

Blessing of Unanswered Prayers



I asked for strength that I might achieve;
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches that I might be happy;
I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life;
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I had asked for,
but eveything that I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered;
I am, among all men, most richly blessed. - Unknown soldier

I honor the Spirit in you which is also in me.
Kimmy


Saturday, March 21, 2009

Maciej Hajnrich

Maciej Hajnrich Graphic designer and illustrator.

"For me graphic design was always something more than just a profession. I am playing with imagination, experiment with techniques and offer professional services because I believe it's the best way to make unique art."

"It's art? It's graphic design? It's typographic? It's exploding with colors and imagination? It's... all these and more. Eye candy overbrimming portfolio of Maciej Hajnrich" Carole Guevin

Words quoted above describes my work in such amazing way. I am honoured and obligated to do more and better all the time.

Sharing the visual light
Kimmy


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Loss - Haiku

The great tree withers

Greying leaves fall gently down

Its caretakers weep

Guest post by Reighben May 23, 2007









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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Poem of Music

Music is a friend to me
A playful thing, a fantasy.
A night of darkness becomes light.
A day of fear is made all right.
Anything I want to see
Is brought to me through harmony
of Music.
Music can be sadness,
Music can be love.
Music can be gladness
And the strength to rise above.
In this life we seek a key,
A magic thing to set us free.
In a cage with bars of glass
Happiness is all we ask.
Many stars won't shine for me,


But I'm anything I want to be
with Music. - unknown

Kimmy


Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Power of Less



Steps Towards a More Sustainable Life of Less
Post written by Leo Babauta


When my grandparents were young, none of the appliances (let alone hi-tech gadgets) in our homes were in common use — not the refrigerator, electric stove, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, toaster, television, computer, air-conditioner, microwave, etc.

None of it. They had cars, but they walked far more often than we do today. They had telephones, but not cell phones or Blackberries or iPhones, and they weren’t using phones all the time. They had stores, but they didn’t order things online and they didn’t buy all the time. In fact, during their Great Depression childhood, they bought very little and used very, very little technology.

And while the last 70-80 years have advanced our lives in amazing ways, and there’s no doubt that the comfort and convenience of our lives have improved tremendously … we rarely stop to consider whether technology and consumerism have always changed our lives for the better.

I mean, I am as big a proponent of the miracles of the Internet as anyone, but have we given up too much of our lives that used to exist offline and outdoors? It’s great that we have such comfortable cars that can drive incredibly fast and take us anywhere we want to go in minutes … but have we thrown away the joy and the health benefits of walking places?

It’s great that we can communicate instantly from anywhere with our mobile devices, but have we given up personal face-to-face conversations and the pleasure of being outdoors, disconnected from the world?

It’s great that food is so convenient these days, but have we given up the pleasures of slow eating for fast food, the joys of cooking for microwaving, the wonders of real food for processed food?

It’s great that we can buy pretty much anything we want these days (and often do), but have we allowed the abundance of cash we’ve had (until recently, but even now we’re still pretty rich) to force us to have bigger houses just to store all our stuff?

I propose a life of less. A life that’s more sustainable.

And yes, some will wonder if that will hurt the economy even more — buying and consuming less will mean people will lose jobs, no? Not necessarily. Scaling back our lives means we need to find jobs for people that are based not on producing more goods, but on producing more value — valuable information, valuable inventions that require fewer resources, valuable contributions to the community. But how will all of this be paid for if no one is buying stuff? There will be less wealth produced because less is being consumed … but if we consume less then we actually need less wealth. We just need to get off the escalating cycle of consuming and producing more.

We work more than ever before, despite advances in labor-saving technology that mean we should be able to work less. We do so to support a lifestyle that has become more expensive than ever, because of the new levels of convenience and abundant consumer goods that we’ve become accustomed to. We can break out of this trap, by consuming less and then needing to work less.

I’ve thought these things for awhile now, but it struck me most as I was walking to a meeting with a friend and business partner. Most people where I live don’t walk — cars are used all the time, even if the destination is just a few blocks away. I’ve been getting into the habit of walking places — for traveling, not exercise — but I’m a weirdo for doing so. And it struck me that only 50 years ago, I would have been normal — everyone walked back then.

And I wondered how we lost this valuable activity — walking to get places.

We lost it because convenience and speed have become more valuable to us than health and frugality and the enjoyment of the world around us.

I propose a life of less. A life that is more leisurely, a little more spartan, a little less expensive, a little less heavy on consuming the Earth’s resources.

I don’t think we can change the economy overnight. We can’t even change our lives overnight. But we can make a gradual change in that direction, with small steps.

Here are but a few ideas — I’m sure you could contribute some of your own:

* Can we walk to more places and drive less? We’d get fitter and use less fossil fuel. We’d have to loosen up our schedules to do this, but I think that’s a good change anyway.
* Can we start building more livable communities, where things are less spread out, so that we can walk more instead of driving everywhere? Where everything we need is a 10-20 minute walk away, or at least reachable by bike or public transportation? You might already live in a place like that, but not where I live, and not in lots of places. Even work should be close by. Again, this is a long-term change, but I think a good one.
* Can we start living in smaller houses, so that we need less heating and cooling and land and maintenance and cleaning? We can if we buy less stuff, which leads to …
* Can we start buying less stuff? We don’t need all the stuff we buy.
* Can we start celebrating things like birthdays and Christmas without spending sprees? We could do nice things for each other instead, or make things, or bake something.
* Can we start buying locally more? I know a lot of people already do this, but it would be great if this trend continued. It supports local farmers and drastically reduces the amount of resources needed to get food to our homes.
* Can we start packaging food less? Even non-food items (like toys) come with ridiculous amounts of packaging these days. I’d like to see a return to olden ways, when you scooped flour out of a huge bin into a container or something like that. Packaging we throw away (or even recycle) is so wasteful.
* Can we stop buying so much processed food? Real food is so much healthier, requires fewer chemicals and resources, and tastes better once you wean yourself from the addiction to processed foods.
* Can we eat slower, and enjoy the food more, instead of rushing through meals?
* Can we stop our addiction to mobile devices and being connected all the time, so that we can enjoy the pleasure of other people’s company without interruptions, or enjoy solitude or a nice quiet walk without being connected?
* Can we design cities and towns so that they aren’t based on the automobile, so that perhaps private vehicles parked at the outside of cities, and then people used public transportation or walked within the cities? We’d reclaim the streets for the pedestrian, make them alive once again with street markets, cafes, parks, children running around without fear of death, people exercising and doing tai chi and jogging and walking and enjoying a fume-free outdoors.

Again, these are just a few ideas. There are thousands more.

And I’m not saying we should give up techonology. I love connecting with people from around the world! I love being able to access information instantly that I would never have had access to just 15-20 years ago! I love the ability to express myself online that is unprecedented in human history!

But I also think we need to keep the good things that have come with the advances in technology, and throw out the bad, the things that have made our lives worse.


Leo Babuata is the creator of the blog Zen Habits. I found his blog, and was so impressed that he is yet another wonderful human being sharing light. Unlike so many, he encourages others to share his writings, and spread happiness. Please read more about Leo Babuata here.

Please visit his main blog: http://zenhabits.net/

This was a must share, I love people that spread the light!
Kimmy


Friday, March 13, 2009

The Right Mask



One night a poem came up to a poet
From now on, it said, you must wear a mask.
What kind of mask? asked the poet.
A rose mask, said the poem.
I've used it already, said the poet,
I've exhausted it.
Then wear the mask that's made out of
a nightingale's song, use that mask.
Oh, it's an old mask, said the poet,
it's all used up.
Nonsense, said the poem, it's the perfect mask,
still, try on the god mask,
now that mask illuminates heaven.
It's a tight mask, said the poet,
and the stars crawl about in it like ants.
Then try on the troubador's mask, or the singer's mask,
try on all the popular masks.
I have, said the poet, but they fit so easily.

The poem was getting impatient,
it stamped its feet like a child,
it screamed. Then try on your own face,
try the one mask that terrifies,
the mask only you could possibly use,
the mask only you could wear out.

The poet tore at his face til it bled,
this mask? he yelled, this mask?
Yes, said the poem, yes.

But the poet was tired of masks,
he had lived too long with them,
he snatched at the poem and stuck it in his face.
Its screams were muffled, it wept, it tried to be lyrical,
it wriggled into his eyes and mouth.

Next day his friends were afraid of him,
he looked so distorted.
Now it's the right mask, said the poem, the right mask.
It clung to him lovingly and never let go again.

Brian Patten (b. 1946), Transcript of the poem as read on British Poets of Our Time: Roger McGough & Brian Patten, Poems read by the authors (London: Decca, 1974/1975)

Picture called Hide Behind My Breavest Mask by Akhylys


Kimmy Sharing weekend light!


Thursday, March 12, 2009

If you wish for light

If you wish for light, be ready to receive light.

Nourish your ego and be deprived of light.

If you wish to find a way out of this prison,

do not turn away;

bow down in worship and draw near.

-- Mathnawi



Sharing light,
Kimmy


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Kimmy Sharing Truths

Work on yourself—be engaged in appropriate self-improvement.

The essence of right effort is that everything must be done with a sense of proper balance that fits the situation.

Effort should be properly balanced between trying too hard and not trying hard enough.

For example, strike the balance between excessive fasting and over-indulgence in food.

Trying hard to progress too rapidly gets poor results, as does not trying hard enough.



Kimmy Sharing Buddah's truths with you...


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Energy of an Embrace

Article posted first, then my blog to follow.

Taken from the Daily Om
March 4, 2009


The Energy of an Embrace

(And my hesitance in being a follower of the norm)

Hugs

and you, and me.

The need to touch and be touched is established early in our lives, as we develop and grow in the omnipresent embrace of our mother’s womb. Once we are born, separated from that sanctuary of connectivity, we begin to crave the physical embrace of our parents. As we age, we become more independent. Yet during times of triumph or trouble and during those moments when we are in need of reassurance, we can’t help but long for a hug.

Because a hug requires two active participants, each individual taking part in the embrace experiences the pleasure of being embraced and the joy that comes from hugging someone. As both individuals wrap their arms around one another, their energy blends together, and they experience a tangible feeling of togetherness that lingers long after physical contact has been broken. A heart hug is when you put your left arm over someone’s shoulder and your right arm around their waist. As they do the same to you, your hearts become aligned with one another other and loving, comforting energy flows between the two of you to flood your souls with feelings of love, caring, and compassion.

A hug is a pleasurable way to share your feelings with someone who is important to you. Depending on your relationship with the other person and the kind of message you wish to send to them, a hug can communicate love, friendship, romance, congratulations, support, greeting, and any other sentiment you wish to convey. A hug communicates to others that you are there for them in a positive way. In an instant, a hug can reestablish a bond between long lost friends and comfort those in pain. The next time you hug someone, focus all of your energy into the embrace. You will create a profound connection that infuses your feelings and sentiments into a single beautiful gesture.

Kimmy’s take…

I agree that the need to be touched is established early in our lives.

I was loved and hugged like a normal loved child with two parents. I had a large loving family. Every hug was appropriate, and just.

Somewhere around my teen years, I noticed something. I noticed my family and my
parent’s adult friends doing something that irritated the ever-being out of me. THEY GOSSIPPED! They trashed talked! They took bets on how long a couple would be together. And then once the person came over, everyone hugged and kissed like nothing was just said. I was, and still am disgusted with that concept. How can a human being speak so poorly about someone they claim to LOVE, or a friend they claim to trust, and yet “hug” like nothing was wrong?

I grew up after that, not having trust issues, but choosing whom I trust wisely. I might be about Kimmy Sharing Light, but if I have something to say, I BRING IT!

To the few that I love and trust, I appreciate and love a good hug.
But hugs to me truly mean something. And if you know me in person, and noticed I cringe when you hug me, that probably means that I know who you “really” are.

Sharing light from the hip!
Kimmy