Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now.Eckhart Tolle (via thatkindofwoman)
The Buddhists say if you meet somebody and your heart pounds, your hands shake, your knees go weak, that’s not the one. When you meet your ‘soul mate’ you’ll feel calm. No anxiety, no agitation(via thebullfighters)
I don’t remember us, really.
I mean I do, but not in a familiar way.
When I think of us I think of the time
this old war veteran came to visit
our class to talk about his time
in Germany, the number of people
who died by his hand, how horrific
the whole experience was.
I think about the sincerity on his face
when he told us that he didn’t want
to have a son because he couldn’t
bear the thought of losing him to another war.
A guy sitting behind me blurted out
his curiosity, ‘so how did it feel,
killing those people, what was it like?’
I remember how the veteran looked
at each and every one of us before
he answered, blank, as if he had
forgotten where he was for a moment.
'Like?' he said, ' I don't know what
it was like. It didn’t happen to me,
it happened to someone I never knew.
I wasn’t there. I was floating,
I was watching from above.’
Now I know that I’ve never been to war,
and I cannot claim to understand
what this veteran had been through,
but I do know loss and I do know pain
and I know that each of us remembers differently.
When I think of us, I think of the war veteran
who chose to remember the battlefield
from somewhere in the sky.
And when I think of what it was like
being in love with you, I still touch myself
as if I’m covered in all of this blood
and I can’t find a wound.
I shouldn’t be awake but life just tastes so much sweeter when dipped inside the moonlight.
The true poem rests between the words.Vanna Bonta, Shades Of The World (via observando)