modesty, acceptance, innocence


The Higher Power

looks not only at our actions but

into our hearts to gauge our worthiness.

Through genuine inner modesty, acceptance,

and innocence you correct your own

errors and set an example

for others.


fifth changing line,

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 63 / Chi Chi (After Completion)

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only you can free yourself


No teacher

or master is in possession of

your enlightenment. Ultimately only

you can free yourself. Just shed your delusions

like a sweaty shirt and slip into the stream of

zen and tao, empty minded, quiet hearted,

at rest in the midst of everything

and at peace with all

that occurs.


Polish yourself

on your own over and over

until you disappear, and you’ll wake up

right where you are. You’ll see straight

through the snares of the world and

pass freely into complete



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we can change it any time we want

irma garcia, 4th grade teacher, uvalde, texas

makenna lee elrod, 4th grade student, uvalde, texas


The world is

like a ride at an amusement park,

and when you choose to go on it, you think it’s real,

because that’s how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up

and down and round and round and it has thrills and chills

and it’s very brightly colored and it’s very loud.

And it’s fun, for a



Some people

have been on the ride

for a long time, and they begin to

question: ‘Is this real? Or is this just a ride?’

And other people have remembered, and they come

back to us and they say ‘Hey! Don’t worry, don’t

be afraid — ever — because this is just a

ride.’ And we kill those



…We always kill

those good guys who try and

tell us that — ever notice that? — and we

let the demons run amok. But it doesn’t matter,

because it’s just a ride, and we can change it any time we want.

It’s only a choice. No effort. No worry. No job. No savings

and money. Just a choice, right now, between fear and

love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks

on your door, buy bigger guns, close yourself

off. The eyes of love, instead, see all

of us as one.



what we can do

to change the world, right

now, into a better ride. Take all that money

we spend on weapons and defense each year and, instead,

spend it feeding, clothing and educating the poor of the world,

which it would do many times over — not one human being

excluded — and we can explore space together,

both inner and outer, forever.

In peace.


Bill Hicks


love song


Even if I

were a god or a buddha

you’d be on my mind. I sit beneath

the lamp, a skinny monk chanting love

songs. The fierce autumn wind nearly

bowls me over and my heart

is choked with thick