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I love you!
The past few months of newsletters have been a bit different than usual, because my literary assistant Elissa gave birth to a baby boy! She is taking some time off to care for her new baby, and in June, July and August, I am sharing some previously unpublished essays from my collection Choosing Beauty.
Elissa will also not be monitoring my emails during this time, so if you’d like to reach me, please write to me at:
87 Water Street
Stonington, CT 06378
I will see you again next month for my usual newsletter!
Love & Live Happy,
"Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair." —Khalil Gibran
When we know what is true to who we are, and have the courage to remain open to this freedom, under all possible circumstances, we will be able to see more deeply into reality. The truth is stubborn, as John Adams reminds us. Freedom in all forms is our greatest truth.
The Sanskrit term for sage is “The silent one.” I learn to listen to the silences, in perfect freedom and curiosity about probing the depths and heights of what Joseph Campbell wrote in a footnote in his classic book The Hero with a Thousand Faces: “transcendent illumination.” He teaches us that “Buddhahood, Enlightenment, cannot be communicated, but only the way to enlightenment … ritual, mythology, and metaphysics are but guides to the brink of ‘transcendent illumination,’ the final step … must be taken by each in his own silent experience.”
We freely take whatever steps in power to move forward into more enlightenment in our own silent experiences. Without our freedom to be ourselves and express ourselves openly and honestly through our actions, we are not fully alive. In our silent knowing, however, there are times when we must speak up. When we have freedom, we possess the most precious gift in life.
“You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” –Jesus
Is there anything more wonderful than a summer tomato?
Peter holding one of the vine-ripened tomatoes.