I've been reading some psychological and spiritual mumbo jumbo lately. I'm pretty callous so I'm not proud to admit this, but sometimes it's what we need, in our lives.
My mom gave me this book called "How to be an Adult: A Handbook on Psychological and Spiritual Integration," by David Richo. They recommend that it is read slowly, in order to digest the teachings. So of course I sped-read it in one night. It's pretty short.
Two quotes struck a chord, so I'll share.
"We discover the gift dimension of the music and feel it in our bodies. We find out why it has survived the ages: it shows love and helps us receive it. 'We are put on this earth a little space, that we may learn to bear the beams of love,' says William Blake."
"Then we know that music is what love sounds like, and art, drama, and dance are what love looks like. When something still has the power to move us, it must have been love all along, since love moves the earth and other stars."
Reminds me a little of a quote I love by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Of course I gave away Love in the Time of Cholera - it is no longer on my bookshelf - I usually give away books I love the most quickly. And of course when I tried to google the quote I couldn't find it. It has something to do with actualized love and unrequited love. How actualized love is quiet, and unassuming. But unrequited love is the love that moves the earth, and powers the world. Makes men (and women) great. Realizes potential. Furthers civilization.
Back to fiction now. The gut-wrenching, heart-stomping, wonderful kind that helps you escape and handle reality.