Night Jasmine

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“Night Jasmine”  |  Anthony Satori

“Twas midnight — through the lattice, wreathed with woodbine, many a perfume breathed from plants that wake when others sleep, from timid jasmine buds that keep their fragrance to themselves all day, but when the sunlight dies away let their delicious secret out to every breeze that roams about.”

— Thomas Moore

Loving the World

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“Umbrellas”  |  Anthony Satori

“My work is loving the world.  Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work..  which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.  Which is mostly rejoicing, since all ingredients are here.. Which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart.. and a mouth with which to give shouts of joy.. telling them all, over and over, how it is that we live forever.”

— Mary Oliver

A Different Breath

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“The Tortoise and the Hare, Revisited”  |  Anthony Satori

“Truly to sing, that is a different breath.”

— Rilke

The breath used in singing does indeed seem to be a different breath, by its very nature. It shares its essence, it seems to me,  with yoga breathing (pranayama), embodying the same kind of mind-body connection that this spiritual practice aspires to attain. It is the breath of life, of love, and of connection. It is a breath that holds a deeper creative resonance, as referred to in the ancient scriptures and mystic texts. It is a breath that comes not just from the body, but from the heart, from the soul, and from the spirit.

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