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  •  "sweeping the temple steps" (7+ / 0-)

    is how i've seen it described.  the idea/image that all of our interactions are based in the spiritual and sacred (ie, 'namaste') and we each are responsible for sweeping the steps/space between one another.

    hokey?  maybe.  but i am very fond of images that make me think about what i can do to make each interaction just a little more fruitful and productive.  and, of course, i'm an irish/pict aries, so i need the practice.  

    "From single strands of light we build our webs." ~kj

    by kj in missouri on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 09:05:18 AM PST

    •  That's a lovely metaphor... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...the thought of this being a daily mundane - but necessary - task is very apt.

      "The revolution's just an ethical haircut away..." Billy Bragg

      by grannyhelen on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 09:15:01 AM PST

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      •  isn't it? exactly apt (3+ / 0-)
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        sweeping is also often thought a thankless task... there are those who bring flowers to the alter, there are those who sweep the steps.  the idea that it is done with no reward other than...  it was done.  very "Razor's Edge" i think.  good for me as i'm not big on keeping floors clean!   (used to watch my mother take a toothbrush to the tile and think, ah, not me, not ever!)  should have known it would come back in another form.  :-)

         

        "From single strands of light we build our webs." ~kj

        by kj in missouri on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 09:32:06 AM PST

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    •  Beautiful!! (3+ / 0-)
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      I always think "let there be peace and let it start with me" and that thought can occur just before I go off on someone because they are unjust or unfair or unreasonable. I, too, am possessed of pure Celtic blood and a Sagittarius and Southern. Lots of genetic and learned recalcitrance to push back on inside this entity that is me.

      Action is the only agent for change -- talking without action has never effected change anywhere, in any way, at any time.

      by rubyr on Mon Jan 10, 2011 at 01:04:57 PM PST

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